Manly Sea Eagles Tom and Jake Trbojevic set to sign six year, $13 million deal combined


That should mean Tom, 23, and Jake, 25, will all but certainly remain one-club players for the remainder of their careers.

Tom has been offered a deal worth just over $1 million per year while Jake’s contract is worth just short of seven figures a season.

The pair were two of the crown jewels of the 2020 free agent class, though they were never considered a genuine hope of leaving the club they grew up supporting.

Brisbane are quietly confident David Fifita is in the same boat.

The 19-year-old Junior Kangaroos captain is arguably the hottest property in the NRL after a brilliant season in which he made his Queensland State of Origin debut and impressed on a weekly basis for the Broncos.

The November 1 deadline has now arrived and that will make Fifita fair game for the 10 rival clubs that have been linked to the teen.

But Brisbane won’t be rushing to extend their star forward’s current contract before rival clubs can put multi-million dollar deals in front him.

The club is not concerned about the November 1 deadline. They are confident the constant dialogue with Fifita’s close circle has them well placed to retain his services when the time comes to make a call on his future.

The Roosters, Rabbitohs, Bulldogs and Warriors lead the chase for Fifita’s signature.

The Tigers may be ready to throw their hat in the ring for Fifita and any other star off contract at the end of next year, too, given they have cleared Ben Matulino and Ryan Matterson from their books.

The NRL has granted the Tigers salary cap exemption for the final year of Matulino’s deal worth about $800,000.

They have also released unhappy star Ryan Matterson, leaving them with $1.5 million in cap space for the 2020 season and triple that figure for 2021.

Sources have told the Herald Matterson met with the Dragons on Thursday to talk about a possible move south for 2020.

Parramatta have also offered the rising star a three-year deal worth $500,000 per season.

Matterson is yet to find a football home for next season and the start of the signing period means several other stars will be offered big financial carrots to make a move in coming days.

Canberra will have to stave off suitors for both Nic Cotric and Jack Wighton, the latter having already knocked back a healthy $900,000 extension immediately after the grand final.

Star Titans Jai Arrow and AJ Brimson will be enticed away from the struggles of the Gold Coast.

Both Dylan and Nathan Brown, Reed Mahoney and Shaun Lane are off contract at Parramatta.

Cody Walker and Alex Johnston are yet to agree to an extension with the Rabbitohs.

Tyson Frizell has been forced to bat away rumours of discontent at the Dragons all season and the Roosters are yet to lock up Latrell Mitchell, Jake Friend and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves beyond next season.

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