I remember reading that we had offered Lodge to the Panthers earlier in the year but they’d declined.
If we let Lodge go the NRL would need to start implementing a 1 year minimum transition period to show that they’ve had rehab, have changed and are capable of being an NRL player without embarrassing the code again. Should be standard for all players whose contract is terminated due to repeated breaches. Other club shouldn’t take advantage of another club doing the right thing. Ferguson had a year on the pine, but that’s ultimately a discussion for a different thread.
Yes Felise, Tatola, Graham and Grant are very good prop prospects, but i’d doubt any of them would be ready for a lot of NRL time next season. About 10 matches off the bench may be possible for 1-2 of them.