Benji Marshall has been linked to a move to the Sharks after a deal with the Cowboys fell through.
Meanwhile the Knights have worked out a deal to keep Bulldogs recruit Blake Green with a view to him joining their coaching staff in 2022.
Read on for all the latest Transfer Whispers.
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BENJI TO BACKFLIP ON COWBOYS FOR SYDNEY CLUB
Veteran playmaker Benji Marshall is set to shun the Cowboys in a bid to remain in Sydney with the Sharks a possible landing spot.
Marshall was reported to be close to signing a deal to link with former teammate and Cowboys coach Todd Payten, but his asking price was too high.
James Hooper revealed that Marshall’s preference is to remain in Sydney with his young family and the Sharks could have room due to Shaun Johnson’s long-term injury.
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“I think Benji might be in talks to possibly show up at Cronulla,” Hooper said on Triple M.
“Obviously Shaun Johnson suffered that bad Achilles injury towards the end of the season.
“As a result there was some talk linking Benji to the Cowboys and his old grand final teammate Todd Payten. They won a premiership in 2005 at Wests Tigers.
“I think Benji because of his Fox Sports commitments his preference is to remain in Sydney, so I think there has been some dialogue with the Sharks.”
GREEN TO TURN BACK ON BULLDOGS FOR KNIGHTS
Bulldogs recruit Blake Green is set to stay with the Knights after his short stint in Newcastle in 2020 ended with a long-term knee injury.
Green was signed by the Bulldogs on a one-year-deal, but Brent Read reported the Knights are set to agree to a deal with Canterbury to have him stay in the Hunter and plot a coaching career with the Knights after one final season on the field.
“There was a bit of talk Blake Green might end up staying in Newcastle,” Read said on Triple M.
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“He signed a one-year-deal with Canterbury after this season, but there was talk he might stay in Newcastle because they came to him with a deal to stay next year and eventually become a coach.
“It look like that will happen. I would expect that to get rubber-stamped soon.
“Green will play next year in Newcastle when he recovers from his knee reconstruction and eventually become a coach at the club.”
MCCULLOUGH SET TO REJOIN BRONCOS
Brisbane reject Andrew McCullough is set to return to the Broncos in 2021 after a short stint with the Knights this season.
McCullough joined the Knights when he fell out of favour with former Broncos coach Anthony Seibold and moved to Newcastle to cover the loss of Jayden Brailey to a long-term injury.
Then McCullough himself suffered a torn hamstring that cut his Newcastle stay short.
However under the terms of his unique contract, McCullough has activated a player option in his favour to return to the Broncos if he didn’t find an alternate deal for 2021.
The Broncos have chosen not to re-sign veteran hooker Issac Luke, so McCullough will provide strong competition with Jake Turpin for a starting role and incoming coach Kevin Walters.
COWBOYS BACKFLIP ON CLIFFORD EXT TO KNIGHTS
The Cowboys have reportedly backed out of a potential deal that would have seen Jake Clifford move to the Knights on a three-year-deal.
Clifford was set to leave the Cowboys with one year to run on his current deal in 2021 and link with Newcastle, but Benji Marshall’s backflip has likely influenced the Cowboys change of heart, according to James Hooper.
“Prior to Todd Payten arriving Jake Clifford had one year to go next season, but they said you can have a look around,” Hooper said.
“Adam O’Brien jumped in from the Newcastle Knights and he planned to pair him with Mitchell Pearce. Clifford would play No.6 and Pearce would be No.7.
“Then when Todd Payten arrived the Cowboys have backflipped. They said if you can we would prefer you see out the final season of your contract.
“Michael Morgan, Scott Drinkwater and Clifford are all up there, so they have got to make some decisions.
“He was dead keen to go to the Knights on a three-year-deal, but it may not be over yet because they still have the other young playmaker Daejarn Asi, so they have got some decision to make.”
Originally published as Benji in talks with Sydney club, Dogs recruit makes big career call: Transfer Whispers