Talented former bad boy Kenny Edwards wants to rejoin Ile in 2023 – but the potential move has split the club.
After losing the nucleus of their forward pack to rival clubs for next year, the coaching and playing group wants the 32-year-old back-rower back on board.
But Ells management is advising because of Edwards’ long wrap sheet for six seasons at the club.
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Edwards Ile was embroiled in controversy more than once during his time off the field and was finally released from his contract in 2018.
But the ball’s back-rower is now 32 years old, and his close ones say he has changed course and is one of the best forwards in the Super League.
His current club Castleford have offered him a new contract but he is keen to return and help Iles.
The club lost to the Tigers forward Isaiah Papali’i, the Warriors to Marata Newcour, the Bulldogs to Reed Mahoney and the Dolphins to Ray Stone, while Wide World of Sports revealed that Blues origins forward Ryan Matterson is also on the way to signing with the Dolphins.
Why don’t the tigers follow Has
The News Corporation reported last week that only one club in Sydney could afford to buy the disgruntled Bronco Paine Hus-Tigers.
News that Haas has withdrawn his request for release from Brisbane only delays the inevitability, and the Tigers may take the place in the cap to create a drama for Haas when he comes on the market, but they won’t.
Tiger officials are reluctant to use a huge percentage of their salary cap for one player – and one front row.
So they won’t make a drama for the big guy, though he will add some influence to a forward pack that is struggling to move forward every week.
That leaves Hasas in a quandary – unless a club finds a way to give him a portion of his salary in a brown paper bag – it won’t happen again.
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Line up for rival young riders
He has played only three first-grade games, but exciting raider hooker Jack Woolford is already in demand from rival clubs.
The Raiders’ disappointing win over Wolford Cronulla was a great debut and Canberra had an impressive figure returning to form in mid-season.
But the son of club legend Simon Wolford is coming out of the deal and he and the Raiders have a decision to make next week.
Several NRL clubs are in dire need of real hookers and Wolford is a smart dummy-half capable of leading his team.
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The handshake backflip leaves the cowboys fuming
Promising Panther forward J’maine Hopgood won’t receive a Christmas card from the Cowboys anytime soon.
The Cowboys are dirty with 23-year-old Queenslander, claiming they have signed a handshake deal with him to join them in 2023.
But instead Hopgood will join the Eels, who are desperate for the forwards’ strike power after losing the players I listed above.
Good judges say Hopgood has a long career ahead of him in the top grade and only needs one chance, the club’s huge forward depth has blocked his path to Penrith.
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