Maybe dogs will take JRey back now Forans gone
They’ve got Jack Cogger and that gun Brandon Wakeham waiting in the wings. Not being cheeky but I think they’d rather spend their cash elsewhere.
@momo_amp_medo no such thing as cooling off periods anymore. They’ve changed the rules regarding that. Also, Madge is a shrewd operator, he would have met with the people he would have needed to in the 3 days since he’s been back. Should be an interesting next end to the week before Monday training.
@happy_tiger I don’t have the business acumen or the knowledge to answer. There is a chance he won’t though - It’s hard to know whether there would be conflict of interest of any sort. They sponsor Souths, St George & Newcastle but we’re their only major sponsor until the end of 2021 - what happens after is anyone’s guess.
@Tweed_Tiger 30k for a night out yikes. Probably thought Bali would be cheap 2
@851 Wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest. The PR spin has been relentless. In the last week you’ve had about 26 published articles on the matter, and former players like Cronk, Gal, JT, Geyer, Brandy all saying he should stay @ roosters for less. Matto breaking his contract with 2 years to go didn’t bring this much fanfare & outrage as LM testing his market worth as free agent
Dragons face threat of losing the club’s most exciting talent
St George Illawarra fans could be forgiven for thinking the only way is up after their recent struggles — but rival NRL clubs are lining up to poach one of their brightest talents.
Paul Crawley, The Daily Telegraph
November 10, 2019 5:34pm
Just when St George Illawarra thought the worst was behind them after a season from hell, the Dragons are now facing the very real threat of losing the club’s most exciting young talent.
On the eve of their return for pre-season training, The Daily Telegraph can reveal that young gun Zac Lomax is about to officially put himself on the open market.
Lomax, 20, is contracted for next season but is now free to negotiate his future beyond 2020.
Unfortunately for the Dragons, Lomax has indicated he wants to test the market.
It is expected that he will enter talks with as many as six rival clubs in the coming weeks.
It is understood the Dragons are desperate to keep Lomax and have all but guaranteed him first crack at owning the No.1 jumper in 2020 as a way of keeping rivals at bay.
Lomax is regarded as one of the best young centres in the game but he has already indicated his long-term goal is to establish himself as an NRL fullback.
It was thought that could work in the Dragons favour given Lomax would probably struggle to lock down the fullback spot at most rival clubs at this point of his career.
But that theory was blown apart when Lomax’s manager Steve Gillis confirmed when contacted on Sunday that his client had made a decision to see what offers are out there for him.
“There are clubs who have indicated that they would like to talk and he’s quite happy to give them the courtesy of having a discussion,” Gillis said.
Gillis’ management company also looks after Lomax’s Dragons teammates Matt Dufty and Euan Aitken.
Dufty and Aitken have been reportedly shopped around to rival clubs in recent months.
Gillis said both players had a contract with the Dragons for 2020 and had no plans of seeking an early exit.
The Wests Tigers are known to be one club keen on Lomax but his hopes of playing fullback at the Tigers would be dependent on what move Latrell Mitchell makes.
The Tigers are also chasing an outside back as well as a fullback.
Like Mitchell, Lomax has the added value of being a quality goal kicker which makes him even more valuable.
The Tigers have $1.7 million in available salary cap space for next season so they could potentially afford both Mitchell and Lomax and still have money to spend.
Lomax has long been regarded as a young player with huge potential. NSW coach Brad
Fittler once labelled him “the gifted one”.
It would be highly unlikely the Dragons would release Lomax for next season even if he secured a future elsewhere.
But you’d imagine it would also make it extremely difficult for Paul McGregor to pursue his plans of playing Lomax at fullback if he does decide to sign at a rival club.
For that reason the longer these negotiations drag on the more it could potentially disrupt the Dragons’ preparations for next season.