NRL 2019: Flanagan, Peachey set to stay put at Sharks and Titans

But it’s understood his management is still trying to negotiate a way out of the final two years of that deal, allowing him to join the Roosters before the start of next season.

The Roosters are in need of a ready-made playmaker like Flanagan, with Cooper Cronk to call time on his decorated career at the end of this season.

Without Flanagan, coach Trent Robinson will almost certainly be left with little choice but to play Lachie Lam alongside Luke Keary next season.

The tri-colours also recently signed talented Queensland teen Sam Walker.

The Sharks, in contrast, already have Chad Townsend and Johnson as their established halves for the foreseeable future.

Townsend’s current deal expires at the end of next season while Johnson is on a $1 million-per-year deal which runs out at the end of 2021.

Cronulla will almost certainly add two development players to their current 28-man NRL squad before June 30, with salary cap constraints limiting any potential poaching of players from outside the club.

Meanwhile, Parramatta’s signing of Panthers centre Waqa Blake hasn’t opened up the required cash to bring Tyrone Peachey back to Penrith.

Blake has been out of favour since coach Ivan Cleary returned to the foot of the mountains despite signing a mammoth extension in October which was set to keep him in Penrith colours until the end of 2023.

It’s believed the Panthers are still paying part of Blake’s salary despite officially releasing him on Wednesday.

Blake’s departure means the Panthers now have an empty roster spot.

Tyrone Peachey has been linked to a return to Penrith but it’s understood that is unlikely to happen before June 30.

The Titans would be forced to pay some of Peachey’s salary if he was to move back to Sydney, given he left the club to take a pay rise on the Gold Coast.

Elsewhere, Souths’ pursuit of promising Brisbane prospect Jaydn Su’a continues.

On Wednesday, Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett was “hopeful” Souths would be able to lure promising Brisbane prospect Jaydn Su’a to Redfern before the June 30 deadline.

“Yeah we are hopeful. There are a few clubs out there looking at him but Souths wanted to recruit him last year when I was in Brisbane,” Bennett said.

“I was part of the process to keep him there because it looks like we had lost him to Souths. We managed to hang onto him and he stayed and this year he’s not getting the opportunities.”

Su’a is unhappy at Red Hill, having started just one match this season under new coach Anthony Seibold.

“He’s not playing in their first grade squad. He’s had a couple of games but that’s all he’s had and he’s now looking to move on so we are in there trying to do a deal,” Bennett said.

“I’m not going to tell you our conversations but we’re keen to get him here and we are just trying to put a deal together now that is satisfactory for both parties.”

If Souths are unable to add Su’a to their books they will continue to chase him for next season.

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