The Roosters are set to join the hunt for one of the league’s most wanted men – young Broncos superstar-in-making Selwyn Cobbo.
The flying winger is off contract at the end of next season and several rival clubs are already queuing up to talk to him when they are legally allowed to negotiate on November 1.
The Roosters have indicated to Cobbo’s management that they would be interested in having a chat at that time – and it’s not hard to see why.
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The 19-year-old winger lit up Magic Round with his sizzling hat-trick against Manly and has the priceless combination of speed, skill and power.
Brisbane is desperate to lock up Cobbo before November 1 rolls around and is currently working on a huge offer to keep him long term – but will it be enough?
The Roosters have lost a lot of talent in the outside backs in recent years with the departure of Latrell Mitchell to Souths and the retirement of the Morris twins.
Superstar fullback James Tedesco turns 30 early next year while veteran winger Daniel Tupou is nearing his 31st birthday.
The Roosters would doubtless offer Cobbo a long-term deal and with fellow youngster Joseph Suaalii he could give the team plenty of strike power out wide for years to come.
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GIANT TIGER ON THE MOVE
The Tigers have all but lost giant prop Thomas Mikaele to English club Warrington for next season.
Wolves officials were at Magic Round last weekend and held talks with Mikaele’s management.
The 24-year-old is off contract at season’s end and the Tigers are keen to keep him.
Mikaele made his NRL debut for the club in 2019 and his best football is clearly still ahead of him.
But the Tigers will find it hard to match the three-year deal that Warrington has put to the Kiwi-born forward.
Warrington has been desperate to bolster his small pack for next season and has already signed one of the biggest men in the game – massive former Bulldogs prop Sam Kasiano from Catalan.
‘HAPLESS’ KNIGHTS TURN ON ONE ANOTHER
The Knights finally ended their long losing run against the hapless Bulldogs in a scrappy affair in Magic Round – but it seems rifts in the Knights camp remain.
My spy on the sidelines at Suncorp Stadium tells me that the talk among the players during the game was extremely negative, with several turning on one another.
One man who copped several sprays from his teammates was prop Jacob Saifiti – and coach Adam O’Brien will want to stamp out the on-field negativity ASAP.
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REFEREE COPS SICKENING ABUSE
Referee abuse is rife throughout the game – but it reached an all-time low in England last week.
Super League referee Chris Kendall took to Twitter to announce the birth of his son – and was promptly hit with a death threat by a lunatic fan.
Officials in Super League have reported the matter to Twitter – and it’s not the first such occurrence in England this year.
Warrington Wolves winger Josh Charnley was the target of vile abuse and death threats after a recent game.
“We put our bodies on the line for this club,” Charnley said on BBC Breakfast.
“I don’t know why I was targeted it’s not nice to see that when you open Twitter and that’s the top comment.”
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