Manly’s bid to bring Kieran Foran home to the Sea Eagles depends on a key player switch with the Bulldogs.
Meanwhile the Dragons have drawn up a list of potential targets.
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FORAN’S MANLY HOMECOMING HINGES ON PLAYER SWAP
A fairytale return to the Sea Eagles for unwanted Bulldogs five-eighth Kieran Foran depends on a Manly star going the other way.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported talk of Foran rejoining the club he left in 2015 is gathering momentum, but would require Dylan Walker moving to Canterbury.
Walker is close with incoming Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett from their time together at the Sea Eagles, which would make a club switch a good fit.
The Sea Eagles and the Knights are Foran’s preferred landing spots since he was overlooked by the Bulldogs for a contract extension in favour of signing Blake Green.
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Foran is still close with a number of Manly players, including skipper Daly Cherry-Evans who he reached two grand finals with and won a premiership in 2011.
However acquiring Foran would mean the Sea Eagles need to free up some salary cap space and five-eighth Walker would appear the most likely option.
Walker is contracted for next season, but could opt to join Barrett at the Bulldogs on a long-term desal to sure up his future beyond 2021.
DRAGONS 30-MAN HIT-LIST
St George Illawarra are set to hand Jack de Belin a contract extension and as they prepare a 30 player list of potential targets to boost their struggling squad.
The Daily Telegraph reported de Belin is set to re-sign with the club provided he wins his court case as he defends sexual assault chargers in November.
That would mean he plays No.13 next season with Cameron McInnes shifting to hooker and Ben Hunt back to the halves.
The Dragons are interested in bringing in a new prop to bolster their front row stocks and strengthen their middle forward contingent.
Panthers skipper James Tamou is considered an option to link with the Dragons.
The club have identified a list of players who are entering the final year of their contracts and could be poached for either 2021 or beyond.
The Dragons are keeping an eye on Broncos forward Joe Ofahengaue, Sea Eagles star Martin Taupau and Cowboys front-rower Jordan McLean.
Sharks prop Aaron Woods, Titans back-rower Jarrod Wallace and Panthers young gun Jack Hetherington are other options.
The Wests Tigers could also look to offload Josh Aloiai and Matt Eisenhuth to free up much needed cap space.