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Penrith just signed the NRL’s ‘best free agent’. These are the others still without deals for 2020

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  1. JUNKYARD DOGS

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    Penrith just signed the NRL’s ‘best free agent’. These are the others still without deals for 2020
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    Kurt Capewell is officially out of rugby league limbo after signing a two-year deal with Penrith from 2020.
    With Cronulla facing salary cap restraints, the handy utility faced an uncertain future, but was recently rated as the “best player who is still unsigned” by Panthers legend Mark Geyer.

    The Panthers are also reportedly set to announce the signing of Zane Tetevano after Sydney Roosters premiership-winning prop was squeezed out because of salary cap pressure.

    So who are some of the other players still without NRL deals for next season?
    Former Gold Coast playmaker Ryley Jacks is back at Melbourne and looms as a replacement for Brodie Croft, but he’ll have to impress on the train and trial deal he’s been given.

    Reuben Porter has been handed a train and trial deal at the Raiders, while Ata Hingano has been kept on as a development player in 2020.




    Ex-Raiders fullback Brad Abbey has a train and trial deal with Wests Tigers, while former St George Illawarra prop Lachlan Timm has one with Brisbane, along with Lloyd Perrett.

    Broncos props George Fai and Patrick Mago have moved onto rugby union and South Sydney respectively.

    Hooker James Segeyaro remains suspended after testing positive to a banned substance.

    Parramatta centre Michael Jennings still doesn’t officially have a contract, but is reportedly on the verge of signing a reduced extension with the Eels for 2020, with an option for 2021.

    Jennings’ teammate Josh Hoffman is also a possibility of re-signing with the Eels, but would be a good late pick-up for clubs needing outside backs.

    Eels hooker Matt McIlwrick has decided to call it a day after 56 NRL games stretching back to 2012.

    Tristan Sailor remains without a deal at the Dragons, but has still been training with the squad in the pre-season.

    Te Maire Martin also doesn’t have a contract for 2020, but has returned to pre-season training with North Queensland as he fights to make a comeback after a bleed on the brain.

    A number of players have been picked up by Intrust Super Cup team Northern Pride with Nick Tui-Loso, Javid Bowen, Gideon Gela-Mosby and Bernard Lewis reporting for pre-season training.

    PLAYERS WITHOUT NRL DEALS FOR 2020

    BRONCOS

    Unsigned: George Fai, Patrick Mago, James Segeyaro

    RAIDERS

    Unsigned: Brad Abbey, Royce Hunt, Reuben Porter

    BULLDOGS

    Unsigned: Michael Lichaa, Danny Fualalo, John Olive, Nu Brown, Kaiyne-Lee Kalache

    SHARKS

    Unsigned: Aaron Gray, Scott Sorensen

    TITANS

    Unsigned: Ryley Jacks, Brenko Lee, Jack Stockwell

    SEA EAGLES

    Unsigned: Lloyd Perrett

    STORM

    Unsigned: None.

    KNIGHTS

    Unsigned: Zac Woolford

    COWBOYS

    Unsigned: Javid Bowen, Gideon Gela-Mosby, Kurt Baptiste, Carlin Anderson, Te Maire Martin

    EELS

    Unsigned: Josh Hoffman, Michael Jennings, Greg Leleisiuao, Matt McIlwrick

    PANTHERS

    Unsigned: Hame Sele, Paea Pua, Tyrell Fuimaono, Nick Lui-Toso

    DRAGONS

    Unsigned: Jai Field, Lachlan Maranta, Patrick Kaufusi, Darren Nicholls, Lachlan Timm, Tristan Sailor

    RABBITOHS

    Unsigned: Kyle Turner, Billy Brittain, Jacob Gagan, Mawene Hiroti

    ROOSTERS

    Unsigned: Bernard Lewis, Zane Tetevano

    WARRIORS

    Unsigned: None.

    WESTS TIGERS

    Unsigned: None
     
  2. wendog33

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    It's odd Billy Brittain still unsigned.

    Javid Bowen? But we only have 1 spot left so....

    Surprised to see Perrett trialling with Broncs.
     
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  3. alchemist

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    I would take the gamble on Jai Field
     
  4. Raysie

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    Aaron Gray would be a very solid depth signing. Has gone missing since signing with the Sharks, but worth a shot on a cheap contract.
     
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    Don’t make me vomit. That’s almost as bad as the Javid Bowen suggestion above.

    Would rather just promote someone like Katoa or Harding into our Top 30 than chase any of the mugs in the list above.
     
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    Ok yeah well when you put it like that I'd rather our own promising juniors as well.

    It wasn't a rock solid suggestion as we only have one spot left open and it certainly wouldn't be him....was only a thought on possibles if more spots opened up. He hasn't stood out but reminds me of Curtis Rona.
     
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    He’s got some ability but whenever I see him play he seems to struggle with involvement and has an error in him.

    I’m not sure what position we’re looking at for this 30th man but if it’s an outside back then Katoa or Harding would be good positive additions.

    If I was to choose someone from that list it’d be Greg Leleisiuao. Surprised he hasn’t played any NRL yet but I suppose he’s had some good wingers ahead of him at Parra. Big body, destructive ball runner and great set starter. Something a little different that we’re missing in our current wing options
     
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    Wasn't this Greg Leleisiuao kid getting hyped the last few seasons?

    Does anyone have any intel on him? Is any good? Surely if he was they wouldn't have played Takairangi on the wing to end the season.

    Brittain could be signed as more depth at hooker but now that Katoa is on board, there's probably no need as it wouldn't be enough of an upgrade.
     
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    There probably was. But he’s still just 22 and I just had a peep at his CC stats this year, looks like he had a bumper season;

    Trys: 6th overall
    Line breaks: 3rd overall
    Metres: 1st overall
    Post contact metres: 1st overall
    Tackle busts: 1st overall (double that of 2nd)
    Offloads: 1st overall
    Kick return metres: 2nd overall


    Someone will pick him up that’s for sure.
     
  10. Certified G

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    He’s very short and very clumsy... he will go super league or play reserves rest of his life, not good enough for first grade
     
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    From the little I’ve seen he’s tightened up a bit

    The stats agree - averaging 0.69 handling errors per game last season. That’s on the low side for a winger
     
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    Thanks. I was surprised to see his name there to be honest. Those are pretty impressive stats, even if it is reserves. Hopefully for his sake he gets a chance to see if he can handle FG.
     
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  13. NPC83

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    Nothing really to get excited about there...
     
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  14. bradyk

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    They're also about to announce Tetevano which was actually the NRL's 'best free agent'. Capewell was probably the second best tho.
     
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    Lloyd perrett who would of thought lol
     
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    Zac Woolford. The amount of crap the dogs board copped for not giving this bloke a contract on the kennel and guess what he couldn’t make it at the knights. Just not good enough
     
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    No shit lol,it’s been one of those off seasons !!
     
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  18. Motorhead

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    Lichaa is a free agent.....snap him up FFS!!
     

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