Transfer Whispers: Expansion team targets Storm star, Broncos set to pay for Bird to fly the coop

A Brisbane expansion team has made Storm star Cameron Munster their No.1 signing target.

Meanwhile the Broncos are set to chip in a hefty amount of Jack Bird’s salary for him to return to Sydney next season.

Read on for all the latest NRL player movement news in Transfer Whispers.

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NRL EXPANSION TEAM TARGET MUNSTER

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy and Cameron Munster.Source:AAP

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Storm star Cameron Munster has been sounded out by expansion team Brisbane Bombers about a potential return to Queensland.

The Courier Mail reported Munster’s management were contacted by prospective NRL team the Bombers, who want Munster to be their major signing to spearhead the second Brisbane team.

“A guy like Cameron Munster would be the perfect poster boy,” Bombers director Nick Livermore said.

“I don‘t know too many Queensland kids who wouldn’t want to be part of a start-up second Brisbane team.”

The issue is Munster only signed a $3.6 million contract extension with the Storm last season to take him through to 2023 in Melbourne.

However Craig Bellamy’s potential exodus to join the Broncos as coaching director at the end of his current contract that ends at the end of 2021 could throw a spanner in the works.

Bellamy has been instrumental in Munster’s career and his departure from the Storm has the potential to open the floodgates on a player exodus.

If the Broncos can land Bellamy they would enter the race to sign Munster as well for 2024 and beyond, but given the pair’s relationship he could be lured away from Melbourne sooner.

Munster did not rule out returning to Queensland in a pre-season interview.

“It’s something I wouldn’t rule out,” Munster told The Courier Mail.

“The Storm are a great club and they have done a lot for me, so there’s that appeal of being a one-club man.

“But being a Queensland boy, that (going home) is always an option. It’s a business at the end of the day so I will do what’s best for me and my family.”

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BIRD SET FOR SYDNEY RETURN IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Jack Bird, Brisbane Broncos training, Red Hill. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Source:News Corp Australia

Jack Bird will be released by the Broncos from the final year of his contract to return to Sydney if a deal can be struck.

The Daily Telegraph reported the Broncos are looking to offload Bird if another club is prepared to pay $500,000 of his $975,000 deal in Brisbane.

The Dragons, Sea Eagles and former club the Sharks are all in the market for centres.

Bird has had an unhappy time since moving to the Broncos in 2018, with injuries restricting him to just eight games in his first season and nine in 2019.

The 25-year-old didn’t even play a game in 2020 after being rubbed out with a serious knee injury in a pre-season training mishap.

Bird has scored 19 tries in 83 NRL games since his debut for the Sharks in 2015 and won a premiership with Cronulla in 2016, before moving to the Broncos after the following season.

Provided he can put his poor run of injuries behind him getting Bird for $500,000 for season 2020, with the Broncos chipping in the rest would be a steal.

Bird would likely sign an incentive based one-year-deal in a bid to prove his worth with the potential to extend should he remain fit throughout next season and get back to his best.

WARRIORS PROP SET TO JOIN SUPER LEAGUE

Agnatius Paasi is set to leave the NRL.Source:Getty Images

Warriors prop Agnatius Paasi is set to leave the New Zealand club to link with Super League club St Helens next season

Stuff.co.nz reported the 28-year old, will make the move to the English glamour club, despite having two years remaining on his Warriors deal.

The Warriors have been busy in the transfer market luring forwards Addin Fonua-Blake from the Sea Eagles, Eels star Kane Evans and Ben Murdoch-Masila.

Incoming coach Nathan Brown has been actively recruiting in a bid to bolster his squad, which means game time would be limited for Paasi next season.

Paasi was one of the Warriors’ best in 2019, after forming an impressive partnership with Leeson Ah Mau.

His 2020 however has been a let down, after only featuring in six games which were all off the bench, as well as dealing with an ankle injury.

Paasi’s season ended early when he was one of four players to return to New Zealand after their game against the Roosters on July 25.

The Warriors and Paasi have mutually agreed to part ways so he can join the Super League.

Originally published asTransfer Whispers: Expansion team targets Storm star, Broncos set to pay for Bird to fly the coop

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