Leeds Rhinos target offered monster deal to stay in NRL; Warrington star’s future subject of growing speculation

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Leeds look set to go back into the market after their 2024 target was reportedly offered a monster deal to remain in the NRL beyond the current season. 

Current playmakers at Headingley Stadium in Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer remain without deals for next season.

And it had been reported that the Rhinos were keen to recruit Luke Brooks from the Wests Tigers, with his current contract expiring at the end of the NRL campaign.

The 28-year-old half-back has been linked with a Super League move on numerous occasions – but his current contract would be way beyond what any club could offer at $1 million plus (£500,000).

Brooks has made 201 NRL appearances with Wests Tigers to date, scoring 43 tries, and he is now likely to re-sign with the club on a new two-year deal as reported by The Daily Telegraph.

It’s believed that Tim Sheens has offered a deal worth more than $1million to keep him at Brookvale for the next two years.

Head coach Sheens, 72, previously stated that the club would be offering an extension for their star playmaker, although it is believed that David Nofoaluma, Jake Simpkin and Shawn Blore will be moving on at the end of the year.

“I’ve always had my eye on keeping Brooksy. I don’t care what external people have said. I’m keen to keep him happy and keep him here,” Sheens previously told media Down Under.

Josh McGuire’s career over?

There is growing speculation that Josh McGuire’s Warrington career has been cut short after the overseas recruit was charged with a Grade F unacceptable language for the second time since his Super League switch.

The 33-year-old missed the first seven games of the season after being found guilty of unacceptable language during pre-season against Leigh Leopards.

And the Warrington recruit faces tribunal on Tuesday evening for yet again the same charge against the same team, having allegedly made comments towards opposition winger Josh Charnley.

Now trusted Australian journalist ‘Moley’ has added fuel to the fire, reporting that McGuire’s entire career may be coming to an abrupt end.

Writing on the Wide World of Sports, Moley reports that Warrington are on the verge of ‘terminating’ his contract with an NRL return unlikely, cutting short his career.

McGuire had made the move to the Halliwell Jones Stadium on a two-year deal, but his release, alongside Thomas Mikaele’s departure earlier this year, may see Daryl Powell go into the market to bolster his forward pack for the remainder of the Super League season.

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