Less than a month after being dropped from first grade, Raiders edge forward Josh Papalii is the subject of a bidding war, after making a productive return to the top grade.
According to The Canberra Times, Papalii is the subject of a $750,000 per year offer from a rival club, for potentially up to four years.
The report speculates that the offer is from either the Rabbitohs or Sharks, though those names appear to be based primarily around joining the dots, rather than anything concrete (and it seems oddly specific to know the dollar value of the offer, but not who it came from).
The main takeaway from the Raiders’ perspective though, is that Papalii’s indifferent early season form isn’t likely to get him re-signed at a discount, and now the club face a difficult decision in the face of the prospect of potentially losing their holy trinity of forwards: Papalii, Shannon Boyd and Junior Paulo.
Papalii has played 156 first grade games for the Raiders, 9 Origins for Queensland, 9 Tests for Australia, and 4 for Samoa.