The Titans have bolstered their squad for 2018, confirming the addition of Panthers hooker Mitch Rein on a one-year deal.
Rein mightn’t be the only former Panther on the Gold Coast either, after the Titans reportedly tabled a three-year offer to Penrith prop Leilani Latu.
One player who won’t be headed to the Titans is Raiders centre Joey Leilua, after Titans’ chief Graham Annesley denied Leilua was “part of our plans“.
In brighter news for Penrith, they this week re-signed utility Tyrone May until the end of 2020.
The Raiders have locked in hooker Josh Hodgson for the long term, re-signing him for the next five seasons.
He’ll be backed up by former Bulldogs hooker Craig Garvey, who’s reportedly signed with the Raiders for 2018.
The Sea Eagles this week released five-eighth Blake Green – who immediately signed with the Warriors for three years – fueling rumours that they’re close to signing Mitchell Pearce, who was released by the Roosters shortly after.
Pearce isn’t a done deal to Manly yet though, having also been linked to the Sharks, Knights, and now, the Storm.
The rugby league comeback of Storm winger Sandor Earl has been temporarily halted, after he tore his ACL at training.
The Knights have released outside back Chanel Mata’utia, who intends to play in the local competition instead.
In one of the week’s weirder stories, it’s been reported that Titans fullback Jarryd Hayne has agreed to a deal with the Eels, but is keeping it a secret from his employer, in order to mooch hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Gold Coast, without any intention of actually playing for them in 2018.
Following the catastrophic failure of a World Cup campaign for the Kiwis, the NZRL have confirmed their interest in Broncos and England coach Wayne Bennett.
Should he take over, Bennett could potentially have to coach against England immediately, after the RFL confirmed that New Zealand will head to England for a three-Test series in 2018.
Meanwhile, the NSWRL are expected to announce Brad Fittler as the next Blues coach in the near future.