Off the Record: Rugby League Rumour and Gossip #54

Dragon to Dragon
St George Illawarra have emerged as the front-runner for Todd Carney. The Aussie is set to depart Catalans and is eyeing a move back to the NRL. The Red V are after a halfback, with Benji Marhsall leaving, and the experienced Carney would fit the bill. The playmaker has already had stints at Canberra, the Roosters and Sharks.

Stewart Super League-bound
Glenn Stewart‘s early departure from Catalans caught most people by surprise but we hear a return to the NRL is not on the cards. There is no interest for him in Australia, so it is Super League in 2017 or retirement, it seems. Stewart was impressive for the Dragons this year and seems to have another season in the tank.

Naughty boy?
Who was the recent rugby league official who allegedly exposed himself to a female member of staff? This ex-player, who starred in both the NRL and Super League, is in hot water because of this brain swap. His career in the game could be over.

Stupid move?
Which NRL player missed a meeting with the Wakefield coach, and knocked back offers with two other Super League clubs, and is now on the hunt for a new club in 2017? This player is trying to a find a way back into Super League, but could find his advances thwarted after burning so many bridges. Such a shame, but some never learn.

Sponsorship swap
Whispers have come to us that Super League naming rights partner First Utility is pulling out of its sponsorship. Apparently its between betting brands Ladbrokes and Betfred for naming rights next season, but they are wanting an exclusive betting deal across the competition which is irking some clubs who have their own partners. Check out Betfred Free Bet to claim a free wager.

St Helens target
Saints have entered the race for Canberra halfback Sam Williams. The playmaker is being courted by several clubs, but could opt to stay in the NRL next year. He has done well in cameo appearances for the Raiders this year while Blake Austin has been out.

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