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The Knights are considering Wests Tigers half-back Luke Brooks as a potential replacement for Mitchell Pearce, who is looking to advance to the Super League.
Meanwhile, the Sea Eagles are looking to grant captain Daly Cherry-Evans a contract extension to avoid an approach from the Dolphins and allow him to end his career at Manly.
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KNIGHTS FOR PEARCE SHOCK REPLACEMENT TARGET
The Knights have identified Wests Tigers star Luke Brooks as a possible replacement for Mitchell Pearce’s departure.
The Daily Telegraph reported that the Knights see Brooks as a suitable replacement for No.7 with Pearce ready to accept a lucrative offer from the Catalans in the Super League.
Brooks shares the same management as Newcastle coach Adam O’Brien and has money similar to the amount that would be made available by Pearce’s departure.
Pearce is expected to seek official release over the weekend to strike a $ 1.8 million deal with the Dragons, with the Knights apparently considering granting Pearce a release.
Brooks has two more years to run on his current contract with the Tigers which will take him until the end of the 2023 season.
However, the Tigers have brought Jackson Hastings to the club, who could team up with Adam Doueihi at halftime upon his return from injury.
The Tigers also have Tyrone Peachey who can play No.6 after signing a two-year contract earlier this month.
Brooks has failed to bring the Tigers to the final in eight full seasons since making his debut in 2013.
The 26-year-old has come under heavy criticism and could benefit from a change of club to end speculation about a possible departure from the Tigers.
O’Brien reportedly wants to wait for Pearce’s release until a suitable replacement is found so as not to hurt the Knights’ chances next season.
MANLY MOVEMENT TO STOP DCE DOLPHIN PURSUIT
The Manly Sea Eagles are looking to negotiate a one to two year extension for captain Daly Cherry-Evans to prevent the Dolphins from poaching their captain.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Manly owner Scott Penn wanted to make sure Cherry-Evans remained a one-club player for the rest of his career.
The 32-year-old is under contract with the Sea Eagles until the end of the 2023 season, the same year the Dolphins make their NRL debut.
The Queensland native has a history with Redcliffe having played in the junior rugby league for the club growing up, sparking speculation the new NRL franchise would try to lure him home.
Newly appointed Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett has a history with Cherry-Evans coaching him during the Maroons Origin’s successful 2020 campaign.
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Bennett wants character players to represent the Dolphins and the current Queensland captain fits a T, but Penn is convinced the Manly skipper isn’t going anywhere.
“It’s definitely our plan to make sure Daly finishes a club player,” Penn told the Sun-Herald.
“He’s the captain of our club and we want him to win another competition for us and help pass the young guys.
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“Of course there is [history with Redcliffe], but he’s been with us since he was 17 or 18, his family is well entrenched on the northern beaches and it would be a big move.
“We have unfinished business, and that will be at the heart of his mind. We won a contest 10 years ago, but it’s been a heated argument ever since. I’m sure he’s keen to prove a point and make sure he’s in the lead.
“We want him to stay. It is only a matter of time before working on the details.
A two-year extension would see Cherry-Evans play until he is 36 in 2025.
Cherry-Evans has scored 71 tries and 579 points in 261 games for Manly since his debut in 2011, the same year the Sea Eagles last tasted Premiership glory.