Storm skipper Cameron Smith has hinted at his potential retirement… if the Storm were to win the Grand Final.
The Storm are confident that five-eighth Cameron Munster will remain in Melbourne, with Storm boss Dave Donaghy saying that Munster has told them “he wants to stay“.
The career of Storm fullback Billy Slater may be over, after he was absurdly charged with a Grade One “shoulder charge” for his try-saving non-shoulder charge on Sharks winger Sosaia Feki – an infringement that carries a base penalty of two matches.
In contrast, Roosters hooker Jake Friend will be fine to play, assuming he submits an early guilty plea for a dangerous throw.
Halfback Cooper Cronk will be racing the clock to take his place in the decider, after scans revealed the former Melbourne star suffered a “severe left rotator cuff injury“.
The Panthers’ re-signing of halfback Nathan Cleary reportedly took place on Thursday – and does not include any sort of clause relating to his father, current Tigers coach Ivan Cleary.
The Sea Eagles have reportedly made an offer to former Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire to take the club’s head coaching gig when Trent Barrett eventually departs.
The Raiders are reportedly in discussions to bring Storm back-up half Ryley Jacks to the nation’s capital.
Cowboys prop Matt Scott will undergo neck surgery this week, in the hopes of avoiding medical retirement.