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|Posted: Sun May 29, 2016 2:34 pm Post subject: Cody Walker
Brisbane Broncos Make Bold Bid To Sign South Sydney Rabbitohs Gun Cody Walker
by Nathan Ryan
Source: FOX SPORTS
SOUTH Sydney have a fight on their hands to keep Cody Walker with Brisbane making a bold play to sign the five-eighth.
Foxsports.com.au can reveal the Broncos have tabled Walker a three-year-deal in a bid to lure the off-contract playmaker from Redfern to Red Hill where he would play under super coach Wayne Bennett until at least the end of 2019.
But Michael Maguire and his Bunnies are still in the hunt for Walker and have offered him a new two-year-deal.
Currently on a contract worth around $120,000 a season, the Rabbitohs’ new offer is understood to be short of what he can earn at the Broncos.
The jostling for his signature could have been avoided, with Walker pushing to sign a new Rabbitohs deal earlier in the year before negotiations stalled.
The lack of urgency to initially table Walker a new offer could now come back to bite them, with Bennett on the lookout for an impact player.
Foxsports.com.au can reveal the Broncos met with the 26-year-old last week, prior to his starring role at fullback in their 34-24 win over St George Illawarra.
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Continuing to impress during his limited time in first grade, Walker has played the bulk of his career in the No.6 but his versatility as a backline player and even hooker has made the livewire a hot commodity.
With Kodi Nikorima stuck behind Andrew McCullough at the Broncos and attracting bigger money offers from rival clubs, it appears Walker would satisfy the utility post Nikorima currently fills, should he leave the club.
The Courier Mail reported last week that Nikorima has attracted serious interest from Melbourne, while he’s also been linked to St George Illawarra, where Benji Marshall and Mitch Rein are both off-contract.
It’s understood the Rabbitohs have already discussed the idea of playing John Sutton and Greg Inglis in the halves alongside Adam Reynolds next season should Walker leave, although they are refusing to give up hope of keeping him in the green and red.
Premiership winning five-eighth Luke Keary, however, is expected to leave at the end of the season.
Keary, like Nikorima, has been linked with a move to the Dragons.
Kodi Nikorima Poised To Leave Brisbane As Broncos Woo Rabbitohs Utility Cody Walker
Peter Badel, Travis Meyn
May 26, 2016
KODI Nikorima is seeking another $70,000 a season to remain at Brisbane as the Broncos tabled a $550,000 deal for his potential replacement, Souths utility Cody Walker.
The Courier-Mail can reveal the Broncos are resigned to losing Nikorima, who will be a key interchange weapon in tonight’s clash against the Wests Tigers at Suncorp Stadium.
Nikorima is reluctant to leave Red Hill but will sign a formal deal with Melbourne as early as next week if the Broncos refuse to upgrade their offer.
It is understood the Broncos will not join a bidding war to keep Nikorima while the club is attempting to retain off-contract trio Corey Parker, Matt Gillett and Jarrod Wallace.
Privately, the Brisbane camp believe they are losing their grip on Nikorima, prompting the club to explore a number of contingency options headlined by the pursuit of Walker.
Once rejected by former Broncos coach Anthony Griffin, Walker has received a three-year offer from Brisbane that is far more lucrative than the two-year deal from Souths.
Chief Rugby League Reporter
May 28, 2016
WALKER TO WALK
It looks increasingly likely that Cody Walker will leave Souths at the end of the year to join Brisbane. The Broncos view Walker as a bench utility and their three-year deal is more attractive than the two-season offer to remain at Redfern.
Walker flew up to Red Hill last week to inspect the facilities and is leaning towards a shift north, particularly given the uncertainty over his place in the Rabbitohs team. It means the Bunnies are almost certain to lose two five-eighths, with Luke Keary also set to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season.
It could also result in Brisbane's Kodi Nikorima moving on. The Storm is one of several clubs interested.