Sharks circle Benji, Dragons gun aims for Manly switch after training no show: Transfer Whispers

Former Wests Tigers star Benji Marshall is firming for a new contract at the Cronulla Sharks.

Meanwhile Dragons young gun Jason Saab has missed training as his manager angles for a move to the Sea Eagles.

Read on for all the latest NRL Transfer Whispers.

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SHARKS FIRM AS LANDING SPOT FOR TIGERS LEGEND

Unwanted Tigers legend Benji Marshall is closing in on a deal with the Sharks to continue his rugby league career at Cronulla.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported the Sharks now loom as the most likely destination for Marshall who is bidding to play on in 2021 after being shown the door by the Tigers.

The 35-year old reportedly has a good relationship with Cronulla football manager Darren Mooney, with the pair having worked together at the Tigers.

Benji Marshall is in talks with the Sharks.Source:News Corp Australia

Marshall is still weighing up retirement, but could provide much needed experience to John Morris’ side if the price is right for both parties.

The Sharks could use Marshall’s experience to help them in the absence of star playmaker Shaun Johnson, who will miss a large chunk of next season with an Achilles injury.

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DISGRUNTLED DRAGONS YOUNG GUN MISSES TRAINING

Dragons winger Jason Saab missed the first week of training under Anthony Griffin after informing the club he needed time to deal with personal issues.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported Saab’s manager, Mario Tartak, who has been pushing for a release for his client for months, confirmed the young winger absent for new coach Anthony Griffin’s first day in charge on Tuesday.

Saab reportedly wants out of the remaining two years of his Dragons deal to join the Manly Sea Eagles on a deal worth more than he is on at St George Illawarra.

Jason Saab missed the first week of training under Anthony Griffin.Source:Getty Images

The Dragons understand Saab’s predicament in that he does not want to travel from Western Sydney to Wollongong for every training session for family reasons.

However, St George Illawarra officials can’t understand how a commute from Greystanes where Saab lives to Manly’s training base in Narrabeen is any less time consuming with the traffic involved.

The Dragons are expected to play hard ball until they reach an outcome that suits the club.

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TIGERS WON’T RELEASE WANTAWAY TIGERS STAR

Mark Geyer has slammed Tigers prop Josh Aloiai and his management for trying to angle their way out of the club for a richer deal at the Sea Eagles.

Aloiai has been ordered back to training on November 30 and the Tigers won’t release him until there is an advantageous outcome for the club.

Aloiai’s manager also manages the man he is trying to replace at Manly.

“This is what is being alleged, Aloiai’s manager also manages Addin Fonua-Blake who left the Sea Eagles in another dicey situation because Addin couldn’t stay in Sydney for certain reasons,” Ginnane said on Triple M.

“He signed with the Warriors on a lucrative deal, which is fine, but now Manly has got a hole.

Josh Aloiai wants out of the Tigers to join Manly.Source:Getty Images

“And it would be more beneficial to Aloiai and the manager if he went to Manly because he can sign for more money.”

Geyer called for the Tigers and other clubs to sit players out in order to make a stand against player managers holding clubs to ransom.

“Sooner or later we are going to see a club draw a line in the sand,” Geyer said.

“It seems the poor old Tigers are involved again. Ryan Matterson did the same thing last year.

“It won’t stop until someone bites down on the mouthguard and says you are staying.”

PANTHERS YOUNG GUN SET TO FOLLOW ROBERTS TO TIGERS

Fresh off signing former Rabbitohs star James Roberts, the Tigers are looking to add Panthers youngster Daine Laurie.

Jimmy Roberts lands at Wests Tigers now expect Daine Laurie to follow suit – but for 2022,” Christian Nicolussi tweeted.

“Still holding out hope he’ll be there next year.”

Jimmy Roberts lands at @WestsTigers, now expect Daine Laurie to follow suit – but for 2022.🐯🐯still holding out hope he’ll be there next year …

The 21-year-old debuted for the Panthers in 2020 and played three games for the club.

His specialist position is fullback, but he can cover a number of spots in the backline and his versatility would add much needed depth to the Tigers outside back stocks.

Daine Laurie is a rising fullback.Source:Getty Images

Originally published asBenji offered a lifeline, gun’s training no-show fuels rumour: Transfer Whispers

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