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The Bulldogs are reportedly leading the race to sign Sharks wantaway Connor Tracey as they continue their rebuild under Phil Gould.
The Sharks have reportedly given the outside back permission to explore his options on the open market according to The Daily Telegraph.
Shane Flanagan and the Dragons were in the running for Tracey’s signature but now the Bulldogs have reportedly come in hot to acquire his services.
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Should Bulldogs powerbrokers be able to convince Cronulla bosses to allow him to depart they reportedly would likely be seeking some form on compensation.
Tracey played in the centres and at fullback last season, closing the year in strong form filling in for the injured Will Kennedy.
The news comes amid news the Sharks also granted Matt Moylan and immediate release to join Leigh Leopards in the Super League.Connor Tracey could be the next man to land in Belmore. (Photo by Jeremy Ng/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
BULLDOGS’ SIGNING BLOW
Former Sydney Roosters prop Sio Siua Taukeiaho will not be joining the Bulldogs ahead of the 2024 season after he failed a medical test.
The 31-year-old was reportedly offered a two-year deal to join Cameron Ciraldo’s squad but hadn’t yet been granted a release from Super Leaguer club Catalans Dragons.
Now according to The Daily Telegraph, the Dragons were prepared to grant his release if he passed a medical test with the Bulldogs.
However, a foot issue reportedly saw him fail the test and the Bulldogs have now walked away from the potential move.
Taukeiaho’s injury will reportedly require surgery which would have seen him miss the early stages of the 2024 NRL season.
Bulldogs supremo Phil Gould will now have to look elsewhere for middle recruits as the club’s rebuild continues.Sio Siua Taukeiaho won’t be making the move to the Bulldogs. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts).Source: AAP
JENNINGS’ NRL RETURN
The NRL has cleared Michael Jennings for a return to the Roosters three years after his career went off the rails.
Jennings hasn’t played in the NRL since 2020 when he was suspended on the day of the Eels’ elimination final against Rabbitohs after failing a drug test.
The veteran centre’s contract was ended by mutual consent in 2021 and Jennings accepted a three-year ban for doping.
The 35-year-old was also sued by his ex-wife in a high-profile court case.
Jennings scored 154 tries in 298 NRL games in stints at the Panthers, Roosters and Eels between 2007 and 2020 and the Tricolours have now offered him a career lifeline.
The centre is reportedly set to sign a train-and-trial deal after the NRL decided to clear Jennings for a return, according to The Daily Telegraph.Michael Jennings of play 18 games for the Blues. Sydney Olympic Park. pic Mark EvansSource: News Corp Australia
“The NRL continues to liaise with the Roosters regarding the conditional registration of the player to a train and trial contract,” an NRL spokesman said.
“The player will be provisionally registered subject to his acceptance of the specific conditions to be imposed on his registration.”
Jennings played 18 games for New South Wales and seven Tests for Australia between 2009 and 2016.
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