After stories on Saturday morning filtered by way of that Jarome Luai can be leaving the Panthers to hitch the Tigers on a five-year, $6 million deal, the Panthers playmaker has taken to social media stating he has but to make something official.
Posting on Instagram beneath a NRL on Nine graphic detailing the Tigers report, Luai wrote “No pen to paper here. I’ll let yous know when a deal is done”.
SMH reported that Luai had agreed to the cope with the Tigers, however in response to The Daily Telegraph, no such deal has been accomplished with the Bulldogs nonetheless within the operating for the five-eighth’s signature in addition to a 3rd unnamed membership.
The Telegraph additionally reported that Luai has instructed coach Ivan Cleary and teammates that he intends to depart Penrith on the finish of subsequent season.
That is in line with imaginative and prescient that emerged on Saturday night time from Channel Nine, with Zac Bailey reporting it confirmed the second Luai knowledgeable his teammates he can be leaving.
The Tigers and their $1.2 million a yr supply are nonetheless the brief favourites to signal Luai.
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Luai had been linked to the Tigers for the previous couple of months, with final season’s picket spooners capable of supply the premiership profitable five-eighth significantly more cash than the Panthers have been capable of and keen to pay.
The Panthers had reportedly provided Luai a two-year extension as much as the top of the 2026 season value $850,000 a yr.
New guidelines round free agent signings carried out in the latest CBA enable the Panthers to have a 10-day window to persuade Luai to remain put in Penrith, nevertheless it seems as if that received’t be taking place.
Under the brand new construction, provides for gamers should be lodged with the NRL and if accepted their present membership has an opportunity to vary the participant’s thoughts.
The stories of Luai’s signing shall be welcome news to Tigers followers, who’ve endured a torrid run of late, together with two straight picket spoons.
Coupled with the membership’s shock determination to sack all the board, together with chairman Lee Hagipantelis and CEO Justin Pascoe, it’s honest to say a brand new daybreak is rising at Concord.
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It comes after interim Tigers CEO Shane Richardson this week doubled down on the membership’s pursuit of the Panthers half.
“I’ve made my feelings on Luai well known for a long while. In my opinion, he was the best young half coming through,” Richardson stated.
“He’s proven at the highest level he was the best young half coming through.
“Not only that, he’s a great team leader, that Penrith side revolves around Luai. He is a great person off the field despite what many media people try to make out.
“You couldn’t meet a better person than him and you couldn’t ask for a better person at your club.”
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If the Blues rep does signal with Wests, it’s anticipated that new recruit Jayden Sullivan will shift to halfback in 2025 to accomodate Luai’s arrival.
As it stands, Sullivan will associate veteran Aidan Sezer within the halves to start the 2024 season.