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Transfer news, Josh Reynolds, Bulldogs train and trial, Tyrell Sloan, Dragons, release, Cameron Munster contract, Melbourne Storm, Dolphins, Gold Coast Titans, Joe Stimson, Parramatta Eels, Shaun Lane

Following his heroic antics against the North Queensland Cowboys on Friday night, Eels forward Shaun Lane is set to sign a multi-year extension worth millions of dollars.

Dragons skipper Ben Hunt is hopeful young gun Tyrell Sloan will stick with the club after initially requesting an early release.

Bulldogs club legend Josh Reynolds has also reportedly been handed a career lifeline by incoming coach Cameron Ciraldo.

Read on for the latest NRL Transfer Whispers.

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EELS SET TO LOCK IN STAR FORWARD ON THREE-YEAR DEAL

Following his heroics against the North Queensland Cowboys on Friday night, Eels forward Shaun Lane is set to sign a multi-year extension worth millions of dollars.

Lane is contracted with the Eels until the end of the 2023 season and will be eligible to test his value come November 1.

However, according to TheDaily Telegraph, the 27-year-old is set to re-commit with the blue and gold on a three-year extension reportedly worth $2 million.

Lane’s commitment with the Eels will be a major relief for the club with key players such as Reed Mahoney and Isaiah Papali’i heading elsewhere following the 2022 season.

Moreover the Eels are also sweating on a wealth of talent which includes Dylan Brown, Mitchell Moses, Bailey Simonsson, Will Penisini and Maika Sivo who will enter the final year of their contracts in 2023.

Since his debut with the club in 2019 Lane’s progressed immensely under coach Brad Arthur, playing an integral role in Parramatta’s victory in the preliminary final.

“I’m happy with how I’ve played,” Lane told the AAP.

“If you look at my form, objectively I’ve been great. I feel like I’m up there with the best back-rowers in the comp.”

REYNOLDS’ BULLDOGS HOMECOMING

Josh Reynolds is reportedly set to ink a 12-week train-and-trial deal with the Bulldogs, hoping to complete a stunning NRL return.

After being granted a release from Hull FC in the Super League, the 33-year-old has been handed a career lifeline by incoming coach Cameron Ciraldo according to 9News.

Foxsports.com.au reported in August the Bulldogs were considering handing Reynolds a deal.

Reynolds, 33, enjoyed the best years of his 10-year NRL career at the Belmore-based club, reaching two grand finals.

The playmaker explained a return to the Bulldogs is a “fairy tale” come true.

“I wish I never left, I suppose everyone sort of says it is a fairy tale for me, and it honestly is, never did I think I’d be putting this emblem back on,” Reynolds said.

“My best and most fond memories are here, at this place where I had so many hard times and so many good times.

“It just felt like home.”

While he faces stiff competition with Matt Burton, Kyle Flanagan and Jake Averillo, Reynolds wants to cement himself as a regular starter.

“I will be honest I want to play first grade every week, I want to train the house down,” Reynolds said.

“But I am not just here to train, I want to be playing week in, week out footy.”

DRAGONS SKIPPER URGES YOUNG GUN TO STAY

Ben Hunt wants to see talented fullback Tyrell Sloan stay at the Dragons and bid his time.

Sloan recently requested an early release from his contract, however it was denied by the club.

The 20-year-old has been stuck behind Cody Ramsey and it’s understood has become frustrated with his lack of game time.

speaking to The Sydney Morning HeraldHunt encouraged Sloan to “work hard” and pointed out how he didn’t nail down a spot in first grade until his mid-20s.

“I hope he stays,” Hunt said.

“I know the club wants him to stay, and we’ve all seen the glimpses of the talent he has had. “If he can put his head down and work hard in the pre-season, you never know what can happen for him.

“He’s never spoken about his frustrations to me. I can understand if he’s frustrated with not playing, but all young players go through the same thing, and I didn’t play regular first grade until I was about 24.

“It’s a learning curve for him, he needs to embrace that, work hard and you never know what will happen.”

Sloan made his NRL debut last season and has now played a total of 13 games in the top grade.

He started the year as the Dragons’ first choice fullback, only to be dropped after three games. He returned to the NRL side in Round 10 but was dropped a week later, before getting four games in the final rounds either off the bench or on the wing.

D-DAY LOOMS FOR MUNSTER

It is the contract saga that won’t go away but at last, it looks like Cameron Munster’s future will be decided by next week.

That is according to his player manager Braith Anasta, who played golf with Munster on Friday to talk about his decision before making a final call after a sit-down with his family.

“He’s been away with his family,” Anasta told The Daily Telegraph.

“By next week we will have an answer for Melbourne. The whole idea of ​​him getting away with his from him (his family) from him was to come to some sort of conclusion on his future from him.

There have been plenty of suitors for Munster’s signature, led by the NRL’s newest franchise the Dolphins while the Broncos and Tigers have also been linked to the five-eighth.

Former teammate Cameron Smith said he believes Munster could be linking up with Wayne Bennett and the Dolphins given how much he has delayed the decision.

“If I’m brutally honest, if he was to commit to the Melbourne Storm and extend his contract, he would’ve done so by now,” Smith said on SEN 1170 Breakfast.

“That’s my gut feeling. He’s been at the club since he was 16 years of age and we’ve heard (Munster’s manager) Braith Anasta come out and say the Melbourne Storm offer is in the area it should be.

“So what’s holding him back? As bad as this may sound for all the Storm supporters and myself, I feel like he will be going to the Dolphins.”

Munster had spoken previously about putting his contract call on hold until the Storm were out of final contention, while also pointing towards the importance of family in his decision.

“I’ve spoken to (chairman) Matt Tripp and the club and I’m going to put a hold on negotiations until the final series is done – I just want to focus on finals and hopefully go deep in September which would be nice, Munster said at the time.

“We’ve got a big game this Saturday against the Raiders so looking forward to that.

“If it was only about myself then I’d love to stay, but at the same time I’ve got a young family that I need to worry about and obviously she’s from Queensland, so we need to make sure we will make the right decision.”

BULLDOGS EYE UTILITY BUT SET TO LOSE ONE OF THEIR OWN

Wests Tigers utility Fa’amanu Brown is off-contract, but there’s plenty of interest after his resurgent season back in the NRL.

Having debuted back in 2014 with the Sharks, he struggled with injuries over his four seasons at the club, before another two difficult years with the Canterbury Bulldogs.

He moved to Featherstone in England’s second tier to reboot his career, before joining the Tigers in May – going on to become a vital do-it-all man for the joint-venture club.

Brown debuted in Round 11 and made 13 appearances this season, starting ten games, mostly at hooker.

The club is hoping to keep him on their books, but news corp reports that the Bulldogs and new coach Cameron Ciraldo are set to make a significantly higher offer than the Tigers for the 27-year-old.

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Fa’amanu Brown is in demand.Source: The Daily Telegraph

The Bulldogs look set to lose one of their own though, with the Titans preparing to snare forward Joe Stimson.

The 26-year-old made the move from Melbourne to Belmore in the hope of getting more playing time but has been unable to lock down a full-time starting roles.

Injuries have not helped either, with Stimson suffering a season-ending shoulder injury, which was particularly poor timing given he was trying to push for a new contract at the Bulldogs.

Instead, Stimson has had to look elsewhere and The Daily Telegraph reports he will join the Titans on a two-year deal.

Joe Stimson is set to join the Gold Coast. NRL PHOTOSSource: The Daily Telegraph

RAIDER CLOSES IN ON LONG-TERM DEAL

The Raiders’ Player of the Year, Joseph Tapine, is reportedly set to sign a four-year extension with the club worth $3.4 million.

Tapine’s current contract doesn’t expire until the end of next season, but from November 1 he is free to negotiate with rivals for 2024 and beyond.

However, news corpreports the star prop will be locked in before that day arrives.

Tapine’s manager, Jim Banaghan, has informed the Raiders of his client’s wish to remain in Canberra and he was expected to put pen to paper within the next week.

The 28-year-old was awarded the Mal Meninga Medal last week after a career-best season.

His efforts for the Green Machine have also been rewarded with the Kiwi international to earn $850,000-a-season under his new deal, which will make him one of the highest-paid props in the game.

Joseph Tapine at the Meninga Medal presentation night. NRL ImagerySource: Supplied

Banaghan revealed to news corp that Tapine, who aspires to captain the Raiders one day, could have demanded more money elsewhere but wanted to stay under coach Ricky Stuart.

“Joseph could have got more money on the open market if he wished to wait until November 1,” Banaghan said.

“However, I have prioritized being at Canberra above money. He loves playing under Ricky and he has really enjoyed this season.

“He was so proud to win the Mal Meninga Medal as the player of the year and he wants to see out his career at the Raiders. At one point down the track he would love to captain the club and he now has that chance.”

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