With the 2019 NRL season dusted, focus now shifts to the preseason and the 2020 NRL league. The period between presents an opportunity for clubs to strengthen their squads by bringing new faces, tying down crucial players, and releasing others. Players, fans, and bettors now look forward to the new season with this offer presenting an avenue to wager and make returns from betting options such as futures. Who has been signed? Released? Tied down? Below is the latest on NRL player transfers and contracts;
Benji Extends His Stay With The Tigers
Benji Marshall is in for his 18th season in the NRL league after extending his stay with West Tigers for one more year. With his career sprouting with West Tigers in the year 2003, he went on to play 203 games in more than 10 years before making a move to rugby union. He played for the Dragons and Broncos and in 2018, he made his move back to the West Tigers where he hit 300 career appearances against the Parramatta Eels earlier this year. He is the clubs top point scorer with 1,144 points in his name and currently the second most-capped player in the team. Citing his excitement, the coach was pleased with the contract stating that Benji has ‘played an important part in the club’s history.’
Kata leaves Storm
Solomone Kata will be leaving the Melbourne Storm after the Tongan international opted for ‘another opportunity’ making him turn down his 2020 NRL contract option. In his statement, he stated that he would be leaving the club keen to explore another opportunity that had come up. Frank Ponissi, Storm’s General Manager-Football, wished him the best in the future terming him as a ‘popular squad member.’
Billy Walters Signed By Tigers
West Tigers have secured the signature of playmaker Billy Walters on a two-year deal. 2019 has been a good year for Billy Walters who made his first-grade debut in the round of 16 against St. George-Illawarra. He is versatile with the capability to play in the halves or at hooker. His 17 appearances with the Tigers have cropped out good numbers including 16 tries and 9 linebreak assists. Michael Maguire, the West Tigers Head Coach, was pleased with the signing highlighting his ability to control a game, his threat in attack and his versatility.
Simonsson Extends Raiders Stay
The Raiders have welcomed the resigning of Bailey Simonsson who has extended his stay to 2023 after an impressive debut season. In his 19 match appearances over the season, Bailey impressed with his quick feet and athleticism as he scored 8 tries. Excited about the contract, Simonsson termed the moment as ‘unreal’. Don Furner, the Raiders CEO, expressed his desire to tie the talents in the team for long-term ambitions and described Bailey as a ‘key component’ in the team’s long-term vision.
Katoa Signs For Bulldogs
The Bulldogs will begin their 2020 campaign with a new-look forward pack after the addition of the Tongan international, Sione Katoa, on a two-year deal. The 24-year-old comes from Penrith where he made his debut in 2015 and would continue to play and cap a total of 47 appearances for the four-plus seasons he has been with the team. Welcoming the hooker, Andrew Hill, the Bulldogs CEO, was delighted with the move stating that Katoa added ‘experience and quality’ to his fold.
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