The Tigers have responded to reports linking Luke Brooks to a swap deal with the Bulldogs, while the Flanagan father-son duo have been linked to another club as a package.

Meanwhile, the Broncos and Dolphins are locked in a tug of war for a Brisbane star.

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FLANAGAN’S TIPPED FOR SUPER LEAGUE PACKAGE DEAL

Bulldogs halfback Kyle Flanagan and father Shane Flanagan could be set to make the switch to the Super League with Leeds.

WWOS’ The Mole reported that Leeds are in the hunt for the Flanagan father-son duo to join the Super League club in a package deal.

Leeds boss Gary Hetherington is currently in Australia searching for a new head coach, with Flanagan the leading candidate.

Flanagan has been considered the favourite to replace Michael Maguire should he be sacked by the Tigers, who remain winless in 2022.

The former Sharks premiership winning coach has won 108 of his 198 games at the Sharks from 2010 to 2018 for a win percentage of 54.5.

Kyle Flanagan has scored six tries and 278 points in 42 games for the Sharks, Roosters and Bulldogs since his NRL debut in 2019.

However, he is yet to play a game for the Bulldogs in 2022 after falling down Trent Barrett’s halves pecking order.

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Shane Flanagan could be headed for the Super League with son Kyle.Source: Getty Images

TIGERS BOSS RESPONDS TO BROOKS-FLANAGAN SWAP REPORTS

Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis has shut down rumours of a swap deal that would send Luke Brooks to the Bulldogs and Kyle Flanagan the other way.

Flanagan was believed to be part of a package deal with father Shane if the Tigers were to part ways with besieged coach Michael Maguire.

However, speaking on SEN radio, Hagipantelis denied the links to the Flanagan duo as well as Brooks leaving to join the Bulldogs.

“I was bemused over the weekend by the extent of the authoritative reporting on what’s being proposed of Luke (Brooks) and the Bulldogs,” Hagipantelis said on 1170 SEN Breakfast.

“I can confirm that there have been absolutely zero discussions between the Wests Tigers and the Bulldogs in regards to any player swap.

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Kyle Flanagan could be set for a Super League switch.Source: Supplied

“There have been zero discussions internally with Flanagan, either senior and or junior.

“The only discussions that have been held internally are focused entirely on our performances.”

Hagipantelis is concerned the constant speculation around Brooks could have a negative effect on the much maligned halfback and his future with the club.

“I have concerns that this is a particular narrative that is being placed in the public domain by persons who have a particular agenda,” Hagipantelis added.

“As far as the Wests Tigers are concerned, we’re not interested.

“I’m very concerned about the impact it may have on Luke because he hears and reads all this stuff.

“We are absolutely committed and focused on Luke fulfilling his contractual obligations to the Wests Tigers.

“He’s an integral part of our roster.”

Brooks has scored 40 tries in 176 games for the Tigers since his debut in 2013.

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Luke Brooks won’t be going to the Bulldogs in a swap deal with Kyle Flanagan.Source: Getty Images

D-DAY FOR BIRD’S DRAGONS CONTRACT SAGA

Jack Bird’s contract saga with the Dragons is set to come to a head this week with the star forward facing a Friday deadline to make a decision on his contract extension.

The Daily Telegraph’s Brent Read reported on Triple M that Bird is expected to accept a two-year extension worth $1 million to remain with the Dragons until 2024.

“There were further talks today between Jack Bird and his management about the contract that is on the table at the Dragons,” Read said on Triple M.

“It is a two-year extension for Jack at the Dragons.

“They expect a response this week. By the end of the week we should have a decision on jack Bird’s future.

“I don’t see Jack leaving. Parramatta were in for him and they have now pulled out.

“There has been talk about the Dolphins but Jack has made it pretty clear he wants to stay at the Dragons if possible.

“I’d imaging by the end of the week we would have a pretty positive announcement from the Dragons on Jack Bird’s future.

“I think the deal is $500,000 a season for two years. I think it is pretty imminent.

“He has made it pretty clear he doesn’t want to leave and they want to keep him. But I think they want an answer this week.

“They want a decision by Friday and if it doesn’t come by Friday they may move on.”

27-year-old Bird has scored 26 tries in 109 games for the Sharks, Broncos and Dragons since his debut in 2015 and has played five Origins for NSW.

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Jack Bird is tipped to sign a two-year extension.Source: Getty Images

BRONCOS AND DOLPHINS IN TUG OF WAR FOR STAR CENTRE

The Broncos and the Dolphins are in a battle for the signature of Brisbane centre Herbie Farnworth.

The Daily Telegraph’s Brent Read reported on Triple M that a decision on Farnworth’s future is expected in the coming weeks with the Broncos just ahead, but the Dolphins have something to offer that the Broncos can’t.

“Herbie wanted to get through the first month or so and that is up now,” Read said on Triple M.

“Herbie has had a bit of a disrupted pre-season. He had a few health issues I think leading into the season.

“The Broncos were keen to get a deal done. Herbie said, look I just want to wait a month or so and play some footy.

“In that time the clubs in for Herbie have expanded. The Dolphins are right in there for him.

“They have offered him the opportunity to play right centre.

“He plays left centre at the Broncos but his preference is to play right centre, which is where Kotoni plays.

“The Dolphins have said if you come to us you can play right centre. Whether that is enough to get him away from the Broncos I’m not sure.

“But now that four rounds are up I would expect some movement on Herbie Farnworth in the next couple of weeks.

“The Broncos want to keep him and I think they are optimistic they will keep him. He has shown what he can do and he has played pretty well for the Broncos this year.

Herbie Farnworth is caught between the Broncos and the Dolphins.Source: Getty Images

TITANS LEAD RACE FOR SUPER LEAGUE STAR

The Gold Coast Titans are leading the race for St Helens Super League star Matty Lees.

WWOS’ The Mole reported the Titans are in the box seat to land the St Helens middle forward.

The 24-year-old was brought into first grade by Titans coach Justin Holbrook during his tenure at St Helens from 2017 to 2019.

Lees has scored two tries in 80 appearances for St Helens since his debut in 2017.

The Titans reportedly have an edge in Holbrook to secure Lees’ signature, but there are also a number of other clubs interested in his services.

The Titans have Isaac Liu and Moeaki Fotuaika as their current starting props so where Lees fits in the front row rotation remains to be seen.

Matty Lees is in the Titans’ sights.Source: Getty Images



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