Monday 18 December 2017 / 04:48 AM

WHEELINGS AND DEALINGS: NRL PLAYER MOVEMENT

After a lull as the NRL 2017 premiership kicked off, there has been a flurry of player signing action and rumour in recent days – despite the fact the 2018 salary cap figure is yet to be confirmed.

We’re here to keep you abreast of all the confirmed and potential comings and goings:

  • Cronulla has belatedly come to an agreement with Leeds Rhinos to acquire hooker James Segeyaro, signing the livewire for 2017-18. The former Cowboys and Panthers rake has been fast-tracked into the Sharks’ 21-man squad for this weekend’s clash with Parramatta.

  • The Cowboys are reportedly set to table a record-breaking 10-season deal for superstar lock Jason Taumalolo, effectively tying him to the Townsville club for the rest of his career. The Warriors were rumoured to be hunting the blockbusting Kiwi for next year, and it appears his current club have leapt into action.

  • After apparently playing a key role in Jason Taylor’s sacking, the so-called ‘Big Four’ of Moses, Brooks, Tedesco and Woods are set to receive a signing ultimatum from the under-pressure Wests Tigers board – despite the identity of the club’s 2018 coach remaining a mystery.
  • The Cowboys’ play for Taumalolo follows on from the capture of Melbourne Storm prop Jordan McLean from 2018. McLean’s arrival further clouds the future of injured Kangaroos veteran Matt Scott, with Newcastle reportedly withdrawing their big offer to the 32-year-old in the wake of his season-ending ACL.
  • Cronulla’s grip on versatile NSW Origin star Jack Bird is loosening, with Parramatta reportedly entering the big-money race to sign the premiership-winning centre. Bird would be the perfect fit for the Eels at five-eighth, and the benefit of being able to stay in Sydney may see him snub Newcastle’s rumoured $2.7 million, three-year deal.
  • Wests Tigers are going toe-to-toe with Gold Coast Titans for the signature of former Queensland Origin forward Chris McQueen. The Tigers have offered a handsome three-year deal worth $400,000 a season, but the Titans will be hoping the chance to stay closer to family will encourage McQueen to accept a two-year extension for less coin.

  • Former Parramatta junior Nathan Davis has rejoined the Eels for the rest of 2017 after being released by the Titans. The promising young centre played eight games for the Titans last year before breaking down injured.

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