Despite two years left on his deal with the Melbourne Storm, winger Josh Addo-Carr is said to be tossing up a return to Sydney.
Addo-Carr has been a bona fide star since joining the Storm in 2017 from the Wests Tigers and has about $700,000 left on his current contract.
Yet according to Nine’s Danny Weidler, Addo-Carr and his manager, Chris Orr, will both meet with Storm officials in Sydney to try and nut out a deal which would see the flyer leave Melbourne.
"I’ve been hearing for a while that Addo-Carr wants to base himself in Sydney because of a changed family situation.
At this point I haven’t heard that Addo-carr has asked for a release nor has he fielded any firm offers," he said. “But that could change with today’s meeting.”
Addo-Carr was asked whether he viewed Melbourne as home just weeks after the the season ended, and he was quite clear on where his heart is.
When asked last week if Melbourne or Sydney was home, Addo-Carr made it clear the Harbour City is where his heart is.
“Sydney is always home for me,” Addo-Carr said.
"I’m grateful for what Melbourne have done for me. They’ve turned my career around. They’ve turned me into the player I’ve always dreamt to be.
“Sydney (though) is always going to be home. My whole family is there. If I want to start a little family, I want my kids to grow up with my family.”
Addo-Carr also credited Craig Bellamy with helping him transform himself on and off the field.
“It was the culture of Melbourne,” Addo-Carr said. “We have good leaders. You have to work hard to be in the side. You don’t get given the jersey. You earn it.”
The Tigers have snatched exciting strike player Luciano Leilua from the Dragons.
The Dragons were keen to keep the 23-year-old Samoan international, who played 22 games for the club this year.
But the Tigers with money to spare after losing Ryan Matterson to Parramatta have decided Leilua is the perfect replacement.
A giant centre or second-rower, Leilua has pace and ball skills and is capable of breaking the line.
He should revel playing outside the Tigers’ ball men, Luke Brooks and Benji Marshall, and could prove even at this early stage one of the best signings of 2020.
Dragons fans will be fuming at losing the young forward, a former Australian Schoolboy and local junior.
Wests Tigers fullback Corey Thompson says he’s up for the fight to retain his No. 1 jersey if the Tigers’ bid to lure Latrell Mitchell to Concord is successful.
The Tigers are reportedly preparing a $3 million, three-year deal to land Mitchell after the Sydney Roosters rescinded an $800,000 contract offer to the superstar centre. Mitchell is apparently keen on switching to fullback if he joins the Tigers. Thompson said the club would welcome Mitchell with “open arms” but he won’t be giving up his fullback position without a fight.
“If Latrell put his mind to it he could kill it at any position but I played there last year and I’m looking forward to playing there again next year,” the 29-year-old told AAP.
“I’m always ready for a good fight for a position.
“When Latrell comes he’ll be a great weapon for us.” The Tigers’ big-money bid for Mitchell comes following Ryan Matterson’s controversial transfer from the Tigers to Parramatta.
Just a year into a $1 million three-year deal with the Tigers, Matterson’s move to the Eels as well as Mitchell’s falling out with the Roosters has sparked a debate about the value of NRL players’ contracts.
NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said the league was in negotiations with the Rugby League Players Association over the issue.
“We’ve been very forthright to the players association and the players themselves about changing some of the player contracting model,” Greenberg said. “That’s been rejected by the players association.
“We’re in discussions with them again about how we bring some of those changes to the fore in 2020. It’s an open discussion, we’ve got some strong views on improving the system to change some of these things.”