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Anthony Milford, Tevita Pangai, Aaron Woods, Andrew Fifita, Moses Mbye, Joey Leilua, August 1 deadline, contract, transfer

Agents are on the phone, hiring managers are working around the clock as the cattle trade kicks in as clubs look to finalize their roster by the end of the season.

The NRL’s contract duration is huge for clubs desperate to find the bottom of their squads and unpopular players.

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It will become a lot easier as the NRLs are both based in Queensland.

Unlike regular deadlines, players won’t have to think about moving house or finding a new school for their kids.

That will make players who don’t want to be more likely to continue if they can’t get time to play.

Here, foxsports.com.au looking at some possible moves ahead of the August 1 deadline…

TEVITA PANGAI JR – BRONCOS

He will? Right? Tevita Pangai has been in and out of Brisbane’s mind but is now getting closer to the exit.

On Tuesday, he was linked with a short-term move for the Panthers.

Penrith’s hierarchy was terminated shortly after the news broke.

The Bulldogs seem to be the striker and center in the race for Pangai’s long-term future but the Tigers and Dragons are both involved in his signature.

Tevita Pangai Junior, training Brisbane Broncos, Red Hill. Photo: Liam KidstonSource: News Corp Australia

The Roosters had some interest in Pangai in 2019 but it was a no-go area given comment from Trent Robinson, who said: “We’ve worked really hard – as you can see – for the kind of player we want. And he won’t fit that mold. “

A month ago, Pangai might have been out of the question for a Sydney club.

His brother is in year 12 in Brisbane and is living with the Broncos up front.

Now with all the competition north of Tweed, it seems a much more realistic proposition.

ANTHONY MILFORD – BRONCOS

Milford has become the focus of a four-pronged approach to lure him away from Brisbane after being told he has no place at the club beyond 2021 when his lucrative contract expires.

So far, the only club believed to be interested in Milford is Parramatta.

Their general manager of football, Mark O’Neill, was once managed by Milford’s agent, Sam Ayoub, whose company looks after the likes of Clint Gutherson, Junior Paulo, Waqa Blake, Blake Ferguson, Joey Lussick and Michael Oldfield.

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So if someone is inclined to throw Milford a lifesaver, the Eel is a good choice.

Three other clubs have yet to come to light, so it’s Milford’s camp trying to force a deal over the line by putting pressure on Eel or his asking price has dropped significantly.

In any case, Eels coach Brad Arthur has said it’s a no-brainer in his eyes.

“About Anthony, he’s a quality player, but it’s just a small discussion in the early stages,” he told SEN earlier this week.

“I can’t see it going any further.”

The $1 million man’s quest to find a new home continues.

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MOSES MBYE – WESTS TIGERS

The former Tigers captain turned down the role last year and has been told he is free to speak to rival clubs.

Mbye has filled in center, crocheted, fifth-eighth and recently from the bench for the Tigers.

This early year, Mbye admits his future is clouded by high prices and the fact that he has been used sparingly.

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“Honestly, I don’t think the club would be happy when their players are used off the bench for half an hour a week,” he said.

“The club doesn’t get value for money from me.”

Now that he’s back in that situation, will the Tigers let him go? Michael Maguire’s team already has a young Jake Simpkin who can play as a back up for Jacob Liddle.

The Dragons are associated with Mbye’s signature, and while the likes of Cowboys and Knights have holes in their backlines, any potential suitor expects the Tigers to spend at least one half of his $800,000 salary to make the deal go well.

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JOEY LEILUA – WESTS TIGERS

What disappointed Leilua the most was that his talent was so obvious for all to see.

The application of said gifts is what frustrates him.

The Tigers have an option in Leilua’s contract for next year and the fact that he has been dropped twice this year and is not traveling in the club’s bubble, you can imagine this is where to go.

He describes his form in 2020 is “absolutely disgusting” and there is little sign that that is changing.

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The explosion of the center on social networks perhaps caused clubs to take a step back and rethink the possibility of signing him with his brains on the pitch.

Leilua is disgusted to leave Sydney because of his personal circumstances but he’s unlikely to find a club in the short term unless, like Mbye, the Tigers are willing to pay some shipping.

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ANDREW FIFITA – SHARE

Still under contract with the Sharks, Fifita has only played two games this season.

Earlier this year, he was tipped to move to the Super League to join his brother David at Wakefield.

But no deal has come to fruition and if he has a contract until next year, the Tongan international will probably want a payment from the Sharks to move abroad at a significantly reduced rate.

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Any move to get Fifita overseas for the Super League depends on how much the Sharks can arrange to get him off the books.

It’s unlikely that there will be much of a market for his services based on how the game has evolved over the past 18 months, which could lead him to stick with Cronulla for the foreseeable future.

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AARON WOODS – SHARE

Woods has continued to be part of the Sharks’ starting lineup since it was reported he would not be retained beyond this season.

The prop worked well despite being told that he didn’t fit Cronulla’s plans.

Unlike Fifita, Woods has responded well to the rule changes and is a regular in this year’s Sharks.

Aaron Woods (left) and Andrew Fifita (right) heading to the exit at CronullaSource: Getty Images

He currently averages 104m per game and the lack of available central strikers in the current game means he has a good chance of picking a club for the rest of this season – if the Sharks let him go – or in 2022.

Parramatta, Manly and Melbourne have all been considered potential destinations for the former Australia international.

OTHER POTENTIAL MOVEMENTS

Curtis Scott – Trouble in Canberra again. Fool me once, trick me twice and all that. Matt Timoko and Seb Kris are ready for the long haul at his expense.

Ryan James – Have been linked with a move to the Broncos and they need experience in their pack after Matt Lodge exits. Hometown is the Gold Coast so it might be a good place to be.

Blake Ferguson – Discarded at Parramatta and no subs will not get any playtime.

Brent Naden – Signed to Canterbury the following year, Naden fought back on the Panthers side to provide intensive capacity following his drug ban. Had Penrith let him go it could have been earlier in the season.

Paul Vaughan – Couldn’t play until the final due to the fact that he hosted the most expensive BBQ in rugby league history, but could be a useful option for a club that finds themselves taking it easy mid-September.

Xavier Coates / Brenko Lee – Coates and Lee swap positions next year, with the PNG and Maroons winger heading to Melbourne. With George Jennings sidelined, Melbourne was reportedly asked about the chances of picking him up early. Lee is yet to compete in 2021.

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