Thursday, April 15, 2021

NRL News, The Mole | Brisbane Broncos lose Brendan Piakura to Canterbury Bulldogs

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The Broncos The shocking start to 2021 is expected to cost the club the services of back rower Brendan Piakura.

Rated the next big thing in the game, the teenager has sparked interest from nine clubs.

But Wide World of Sports has learned that Piakura has decided to leave the Broncos at the end of the season and join the Bulldogs.

Trent Barrett recently gave the brave youngster a tour of the Canterbury facilities and sees Piakura as a key signing for the long haul.

Piakura’s family urge the rear rower to get moving, believing the Bulldogs to be the best solution.

Broncos coach Kevin Walters entered into negotiations in a desperate attempt to keep the rookie on board, but I was told Piakura is up for it and is linked to Belmore.

His departure will add to the Broncos’ woes – the club have lost 13 straight games and last week were stung by another key start, the back Reece Walsh at the Warriors.

NORMAN FACING A MASSIVE REDUCTION IN SALARY

Corey Norman played his best game for a while in the Dragons’ upset win over the Cowboys – but still faces the prospect of a massive pay cut for 2022.

The former home state of Queensland, five-eighth, joined the Dragons on a massive $ 800,000-per-season contract in 2019, but failed to live up to the hype.

Problems off the pitch didn’t help his cause, but in his day he remains a class act and he looked sharp in the win over the Cowboys last weekend.

However, the Dragons won’t offer him much more than half of his current salary, while his checkered history will make rival clubs think twice before offering much more.

PANTHERS CHASING BIG BOPPERS

The Panthers are looking for two big bodies to round out their roster and give them more size up front.

Despite a good start to 2021, the Panthers feel they are light on the front rowers after losing Jack Hetherington (Bulldogs), James Tamou (Wests Tigers) and Zane Tetevano (Leeds) over the summer.

One man the Panthers were related to was David Fifita – the former Tigers prop and twin brother of Shark Andrew.

But that won’t happen, with David pledging allegiance to his current club, Wakefield in England.

PEATS GONE OF NRL AT JUST 30

Four years ago, he was an NSW State of Origin player and one of the game’s star hookers.

But after being cut off by Gold Coast at the end of last season, Nathan Peats has been unable to find another NRL club and has agreed to terms with England fighters Leigh.

The 30-year-old, who only appeared in eight games for the Titans last season, is awaiting visa approval and other paperwork to move to the UK.

A junior from South Sydney, Peats made his debut for the Rabbitohs in 2011 and also had a stint with the Eels before joining the Titans.

With Manly and Wests Tigers both skinny in the hook ranks, he was expected to get a deal to stay in the NRL, but that never happened.

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