Broncos set to ‘blow Eels out of water’ as Moses baulks at $1m pressure: Transfer Whispers

The Broncos are preparing to go all-in on Mitchell Moses, but the Eels playmaker is wary of the pressure that goes with a monster contract at Red Hill. Transfer Whispers >>>

The Broncos are preparing to go all-in on Mitchell Moses, but the Eels playmaker is wary of the pressure that goes with a monster contract at Red Hill.

Meanwhile the Bulldogs are closing in on finalising a two-year deal for another Panthers star.

The Eels are in the market for a strike outside back and have launched a chase for an Origin and Test star.

Read on for all the latest NRL Transfer Whispers.

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BRONCOS GOING ALL-IN ON MOSES AS EELS STAR BAULKS AT PRESSURE

The Broncos are looking to go all-in on Eels star Mitchell Moses with Shaun Johnson a potential option if they miss out on their prime playmaker target.

However Paul Kent revealed on NRL 360 that Moses would be wary of the pressure that comes with being paid over $1 million a season at the Broncos after what players like Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford have gone through.

“The thing that you have to be wary of is the Ben Hunt example,” Kent said on NRL 360.

“You go to the club as the saviour of the club on the big bucks. If you are Mitchell Moses that is what I believe he is already thinking about is the pressure that is going to come.”

The Eels hold fears that the Broncos’ desperation to land a star playmaker could potentially blow them out of the water at the negotiation table.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Andrew Webster reported Parramatta have become increasingly concerned the Broncos will make a monster play for Moses.

“There is a lot of expectation that the Broncos are going to be quite active in the halfback market after letting Tom Dearden go,” Webster said.

“Mitchell Moses is talking to the Eels at the moment… but their concern is that they’re going to get blown out of the water money-wise by the Broncos.”

The Daily Telegraph’s Dean Ritchie confirmed Moses is the Broncos’ main target with Johnson their plan B.

“I think you’re right,” Ritchie said on The Big Sports Breakfast when asked if the Broncos are all-in for Mitchell Moses.

“Parramatta’s first offer was for one year for Moses for 2023, but it now looks like their offer will be for the end of 2024.

“He has an option in his favour to activate by Round 10. I think he will activate that so he will be at the Eels next year.

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“But the Broncos will have big money because they have lost Dearden and they are obviously not happy with Croft.

“There is a spot there for an elite halfback and Moses was linked to the Broncos three or four years ago. This is not the first time they have gone after him.

“I think you will find that they will come in hard for Moses.

“The other option is Shaun Johnson.

“There is a suggestion they will go hard for Shaun Johnson.

“Clearly they have money. Clearly they have room for a halfback and they need a halfback.

“With Shaun Johnson there is a suggestion that he would be happy to leave Sydney because he is not a Sydney boy.

“Johnson will have some options, but the suggestion that I am getting is that if he is going to go anywhere it will be to the Brisbane Broncos.”

Moses has scored 25 tries and 761 points in 157 games for the Tigers and Eels since his debut in 2014.

Johnson has scored 68 tries and 1,139 points in 197 games for the Warriors and Sharks since his debut in 2011 and he has also scored 14 tries and 223 points in 32 games.

Laurie Daley warned the Broncos against throwing big money at the wrong player out of desperation.

“You have got to be careful when you are paying $1 million a season to a player,” Daley said.

“You have got to make sure that you attract the right one and the player that can deliver you a competition. That’s what you have to weigh up.”

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EELS LAUNCH CHASE FOR ORIGIN STAR

Parramatta are in the market for a strike outside back are reportedly keen on luring Rabbitohs and Queensland Origin star Dane Gagai to the club.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the Eels — who have been previously been linked to Kotoni Staggs — turned their attention to Gagai after meeting with him this week.

The 30-year-old is coming off a four-year contract with South Sydney and is one of the hottest names on the market.

He’s played 210 NRL games over stints with the Broncos, Knights and Rabbitohs as well as representing Queensland 16 times and Australia seven times.

Gagai could be squeezed out of the Rabbitohs due to salary cap pressure and has previously been linked to a return to the Broncos.

Gagai is currently the game’s most expensive winger, earning around $650,000, however he can also play in the centres. If Rabbitohs skipper Adam Reynolds ends up re-signing on a one-year deal, the club reportedly won’t have the cash to re-sign Gagai.

It’s understood the Eels are eyeing Gagai as a replacement for off-contract winger Blake Ferguson, who was informed by the club late last year that he wouldn’t be offered a new deal beyond 2021.

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