Sydney Roosters could release Australia centre Latrell Mitchell from the final year of his contract, after retracting an extension offer made to him.
Mitchell, 22, had been offered a two-year deal but has been linked with a switch to Canterbury Bulldogs from 2021, and the Roosters are now open to clubs taking him off their cap for 2020.
A Roosters statement said: “The Sydney Roosters have today advised the management of Latrell Mitchell that the Club’s offer for 2021 and beyond has been withdrawn following discussions with Latrell today.
“Latrell has expressed that he would like to explore his options for season 2021, however he remains under contract with the Roosters for season 2020.”
Mitchell is seeking a reported $1m a year from the Bulldogs. The Roosters’ offer was believed to be in the region of $800,000 per season.