2022-05-04 04:06:00

The Rabbitohs could be welcoming a playmaking gun into their ranks, while fans are questioning why an in-form enforcer is speaking with rival clubs.

The Broncos are set to reward a gun replacement’s form with a huge contract upgrade.

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MARTIN’S HUGE UPGRADE

Te Maire Martin returned to the field after a 1,092 day absence last month, having been forced into an early retirement in 2019 due to a brain bleed.

Now after slotting in at fullback and impressing Broncos powerbrokers, Martin is set to be handed a two-year contract upgrade.

According to the Courier Mail, negotiations have begun to hand the 26-year-old a new deal, currently on a basic development contract.

Martin took his opportunity with both hands when fullback Tesi Niu suffered hamstring injury, being impressive in his first two outings for the Broncos.

Coach Kevin Walters confirmed Martin’s NRL complete is almost complete, explaining he will be signed on a permanent deal.

“That stuff (contract negotiations) is out of my lane, but we expect to re-sign Te Maire for a couple of years,” Walters said.

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“He has been really good for us, he has been a great pick-up for us.

“I didn’t really know how quickly he could accelerate but he is playing good footy and since he has been at the back, we look a different team in attack, so he’s doing a great job for us.”

“We are really happy with what he has been doing in a new role for him at fullback.

“I can see at training and in games, the influence Te Maire has — he is helping Adam (Reynolds, halfback) with our spine and being more creative with what he does.

“His pass selection is really good and his skills are great, he has good acceleration and has the skills you need to be either a good fullback or five-eighth.

“He has also surprised me with his defence. His organisation in defence, too, is really good and when he needs to make a tackle, he is in there making them.

“He saved two or three tries for us last week by being on the ball and getting underneath the ball.”

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NIKORIMA’S NEW HOME

Warriors playmaker Kodi Nikorima has reportedly signed a deal with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The 28-year-old initially signed for the New Zealand club midway through the 2019 season, but has fallen out of favour with coach Nathan Brown who has opted for Chanel Harris-Tavita and Shaun Johnson as his favoured halves pairing.

Nikorima wasn’t named in the Warriors squad for Round 8 and 9.

The former Broncos playmaker took up his option with the Warriors for the 2022 season, but now according to 7News Katie Brown, will join the Rabbitohs.

The signing is a peculiar one for Jason Demetriou’s side, who opted against re-signing Adam Reynolds on an extended deal, instead putting faith in young gun Lachlan Ilias to pair Cody Walker.

After a shaky start to the season, the 21-year-old has found his groove in first grade and has been putting in solid performances.

The Rabbitohs also acquired the services of Siliva Havili who has been used as a utility for the Rabbitohs this season.

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RED-HOT BURGESS

Rabbitohs enforcer Tom Burgess has been in fine form for the Redfern side this season, leading to Rabbitohs fans wondering why their prop has been given permission to negotiate a new deal with rival clubs.

In the off-season the South Sydney side lost two key men, Adam Reynolds and Dane Gagai, having only offered singular year contracts.

Burgess has been one of the club’s best forwards in 2022 and Rabbitohs football manager Mark Ellison confirmed powerbrokers want him to stay.

“Tom is going great and we want him to stay,” Ellison told Wide World of Sports.

“He has an option his way for 2024 so whatever happens, he will be with us for next season at least – and hopefully longer.”

Currently the Rabbitohs are struggling to recapture their form of 2021, but Burgess has been an integral figure in the side this year and one the club would struggle without if they lost his metres and toughness up the middle of the park.

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