The Rabbitohs reportedly supplied star centre Dane Gagai solely a one-year deal to stay in Redfern, whereas the Knights tabled a three-year deal, in the end securing his exit.
The South Sydney aspect misplaced two key veterans after the 2021 grand last marketing campaign, with Adam Reynolds additionally discovering an extended deal on the Brisbane Broncos after he was once more supplied solely a single-year extension.
The Rabbitohs have been lacklustre to begin their 2022 marketing campaign and The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Kent believes the downturn in type could be attributed to the membership missing depth of their exterior backs.
“Look how well Gagai is playing and that has been the vulnerability for the Rabbitohs right now, their outside strike power,” Kent mentioned on NRL360.
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“They are struggling to find someone to get the job done, Gagai is braining them in Newcastle, I think it is concern.”
The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio revealed how the Knights secured their latest star.
“It was a three-year deal that was the difference… this is my understanding, he would have stayed at South Sydney but they were only offering one with a possible two depending on how he want in that first year,” Riccio mentioned.
“The Broncos were also having a crack too, Kevvie (Walters) was keen for two years only.”
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“Even if you sign him for three years.. contracts are so fluid now in the NRL, that if you sign him for three years and after a year and half he is busted.. you say we need to have a talk and come to some arrangement,” Kent replied.
“There is a way to keep him there, where there is talk of a premiership window.”
The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Crawley went on to elucidate how the Rabbitohs are feeling the pinch after letting Gagai go.
“They are in their premiership window and they let go of Adam (Reynolds)… you’ve also let go of Dane Gagai who was probably the most underrated player in that backline last year,” Crawley mentioned.
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“The pressure he takes off Cody (Walker) and Latrell just by standing out there and being such a force… you can see it in Cody at the moment.
“We are looking at the premiership window and the fact that Gagai, if not the best centre in the competition is in the conversation, he is that good a player.”
The Rabbitohs can be with out star fullback Latrell Mitchell for an prolonged interval as they hope to report a win in opposition to the Bulldogs in Round 6.
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