NRL 2022: Transfer Whispers, news, rumours: Anthony Milford, Knights, Dolphins, Kodi Nikorima, Rabbitohs, latest


The Newcastle Knights are about to find themselves in a money fight the NRL’s new team as they race to keep a star in the ranks.

The Knights’ bid to hold off the Dolphins in the race for five-eighth Anthony Milford is set to come down to money.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins have reportedly landed versatile playmaker Kodi Nikorima for their debut season in a move that will help ease the pain after they missed out on Reece Walsh.

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STICKING POINT IN KNIGHTS’ BATTLE WITH DOLPHINS FOR MILFORD

The Knights’ bid to hold off the Dolphins in the race for five-eighth Anthony Milford is set to come down to money.

The Daily Telegraph’s Dave Riccio reported on Triple M’s Saturday Scrum that Milford is likely to stay with the Knights if they can trump the Dolphins in terms of financial incentive.

“The Knights are keen to keep him… they’ve commenced those negotiations to try and keep him,” Riccio told Triple M’s Saturday Scrum.

“But the Dolphins need some answers in their halves. The Dolphins still have 11 spots to fill and time is running out as far as getting a roster together to start by November 1.

“That’s when pre-season begins and it will come quickly. They just haven’t been able to land that controlling half at this point in time. We know Sean O’Sullivan from Penrith is coming.

“But money will talk. Money will determine that next move for Milford and if the Knights can get a decent offer together I have got no doubt he will stay.”

Reports emerged the Knights are set to offer Milford a three-year extension, while the Dolphins have upped their offer from one year to two.

Milford has said in the past he is keen to return to Queensland under former coach Wayne Bennett, so the Knights will need to come up with a lucrative offer to get him to stay.

The 27-year-old has scored 70 tries in 198 games for the Raiders, Broncos and Knights since his debut in 2013 and has played two Origins for Queensland and eight Tests for Samoa.

DOLPHINS SET TO POACH SOUTHS STAR

The Dolphins have reportedly landed versatile playmaker Kodi Nikorima for their debut season in a move that will help ease the pain after they missed out on Reece Walsh.

Daily Telegraph reporter David Riccio revealed on Triple M’s Saturday Scrum the 28-year-old would return to Queensland after stints with the Warriors and, most recently, South Sydney since departing the Broncos in 2019.

The Telegraph reported the Rabbitohs were keen to keep Nikorima, who can play in the halves, at fullback and as a utility off the bench.

The Dolphins have already signed playmaker Sean O’Sullivan, currently understudy to Nathan Cleary at Penrith, for next season.

Walsh was one of the NRL’s new franchises top target but has opted to join Brisbane next season after being granted permission by the Warriors to negotiate with the Broncos.

Originally published as ‘Money will talk’ in two-club race for Anthony Milford



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