After watching forwards Junior Paulo and Shannon Boyd walk out the door in recent weeks, Josh Papalii suddenly became a lot more valuable to the Raiders.
As a result, the Test and Origin star is set to remain in the nation’s capital, according to SMH.
Per the report, the deal is “expected to be announced soon“.
The news will come as a relief to Raiders fans, but as a disappointment to Souths fans, as the Rabbitohs had previously been linked to Papalii as a potential replacement for the departing Angus Crichton. They’ll likely now turn their full attention to Broncos edge forward Jaydn Su’a.
Papalii has played 159 first grade games for the Raiders, 9 Origins for Queensland, 9 Tests for Australia, and 4 Tests for Samoa.