Bulldogs utility Jeremy Marshall-King is expected to join Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins in 2023, rejecting the opportunity to stay with the Bulldogs.
Marshall-King had the option of extending his tenure with the Bulldogs, but decided to play his trade for the new NRL franchise.
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According to News Corp, the 26-year-old’s contract is worth $200,000 per season.
At the Bulldogs in 2023, Marshall-King would lose his starting spot to sign Reed Mahoney, prompting him to seek freshman football elsewhere.
The rake could be a crucial signing for the Dolphins, who have failed to secure the services of a No.9 so far.
Wayne Bennett coached a member of the Marshall family in the past.
Half-brother Benji Marshall played under Bennett in the Broncos, Rabbitohs and New Zealand national team in 2008 as the Kiwi team won their first World Cup.
THE RETURN OF THE BAD BOY EYES EELS
Former Parramatta striker Kenny Edwards is considering a return to his former club but the move would create a divide within Eels.
Brad Arthur will lose a series of key players to rival clubs in 2023 with Isaiah Papali’i heading to the Tigers, Marata Niukore to the Warriors, Reed Mahoney to the Bulldogs and Ray Stone to the Dolphins.
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Wide World of Sports reports that the group of players and coaches are in favor of the return of the 32-year-old to help strengthen the attacking squad.
There are, however, sections of the club’s management who are wary given Edwards’ checkered past.
In 2017, he was suspended for the first seven games of the season and fined $60,000 after pleading guilty to domestic violence charges.
In 2018, he was removed from his position indefinitely by the Eels after he allegedly fled from police following a random roadside breathalyzer test. The club would eventually release him later that year.
In 2021, he was banned for 10 matches for putting his finger on an opponent’s butt while playing for Huddersfield in the Super League.
According to the report, Edwards’ relatives say he has matured and is ready for another crack at the NRL.
Edwards, who is currently on loan with Castleford Tigers, has been offered a contract with the club but the New Zealand-born product is aiming to return to Australia.
FRONT BACKFLIPS PANTHERS ON COWBOYS
Panthers promising striker J’maine Hopgood has reportedly backflipped the North Queensland Cowboys after the 23-year-old was due to join the Townsville side in 2023.
According to Wide World of Sports, the Cowboys thought they had a handshake deal only for Hopgood to sign a two-year contract with the Parramatta Eels.
Hopgood has been overshadowed by the depth of the Panthers forwards and will use his two years with the Eels to show off his talent.
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