New Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk has announced his representative retirement, effective immediately.
Roosters forward Isaac Liu has re-committed to the club, re-signing until the end of 2021.
And apparently the Roosters still have money spend, with the club in a race with the Sharks and Rabbitohs for South Sydney back-rower Angus Crichton.
There’ll be no such race for the Burgess brothers, with the Rabbitohs having reportedly extended the contracts of all three Burgesses (Burgi?) until the end of 2019.
As expected, the Panthers finally announced the signing of five-eighth James Maloney, who’ll head to Penrith on a three-year deal.
Panthers legend Greg Alexander has been appointed by the NSWRL as an advisor to Blues coach (and former Panthers teammate) Brad Fittler.
Dragons hooker Cameron McInnes will remain in the Red V for a while yet, after extending his contract through 2021.
Meanwhile, the Dragons will lose fellow hooker Siliva Havili to the Raiders, where the Tongan international will be required to help fill the shoes of injured star Josh Hodgson.
In further good news for Tongans, Jason Taumalolo and Tui Lolohea have been gifted land in their home villages of Tonga, in recognition of their accomplishments at the Rugby League World Cup.
Also profiting from a successful World Cup campaign is Fijian Test forward Junior Roqica, who’s been rewarded for his efforts with a one-year deal with the Knights.
The Tigers have continued to fill out their roster, adding former Sea Eagles utility Pita Godinet for 2018.
The Titans are believed to be close to securing veteran Roosters fullback Michael Gordon on a two-year deal.
They may also get former Dragons back-rower Wil Matthews who, despite signing with Widnes just three months ago, has reportedly had a change of heart, and is expected to land at the Gold Coast.
Despite signing representative fullbacks Matt Moylan and Josh Dugan for 2018, Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has declared outstanding winger Valentine Holmes his fullback for next year.
In one from left-field, reports have emerged that England will play New Zealand in the USA during the stand-alone Origin weekend next year.
Australian captain Cameron Smith has called on the NRL to prioritise Test football and schedule more Tests (and NRL CEO Todd Greenburg has essentially said “no”).