SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Kurt Capewell of the Panthers celebrates with team mates after scoring a try during the round three NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Melbourne Storm at Panthers Stadium on March 25, 2021, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Interest in luring Penrith forward
Kurt Capewell to Queensland looks to be growing momentum as North Queensland ramp up their battle with the Broncos to sign the Maroons star.
Capewell has long been in the sights of the two
Queensland clubs, with reporting that the Cowboys are considering a three-year deal for the second-rower. The Daily Telegraph
The Panthers remain keen on securing Capewell’s services past this season, with a two-year deal in consideration by the ladder-leaders.
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 15: Kurt Capewell of the Panthers celebrates scoring a try during the round six NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium, on April 15, 2021, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
However, Penrith are battling a tight budget after the recent re-signings of star trio
Isaah Yeo, Jarome Luai and Stephen Crichton this year.
Capewell’s manager Clinton Schifcofske told
News Corp that the Broncos and Cowboys are well in the race to land the 27-year-old.
“Kurt hasn’t finalised his future yet, the Cowboys and Broncos are still very much in the picture,” Schifcofske said.
“It looked like Kurt was going to stay at the Panthers but Penrith’s position has changed a little bit, so we’ll see where he ends up.
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“The Cowboys have tabled an offer and they have been great in discussions. Kurt has been really impressed with
Todd Payten and Micheal Luck, they’ve conducted themselves really well so North Queensland are right in the mix.”
A one-year extension would place Capewell on the market ahead of the 2023 season, when a second Brisbane side is likely to gain the NRL’s 17th license.
With a number of suitors already lining up for the honours of the league’s next
Queensland side, Capewell, among many others, will be in the sights of the imminent expansion club.
“A second Brisbane team is also an option, but that could be a timing thing for Kurt depending on the length of his next deal,” Schifcofske added.
The Broncos stunted their push for the
Maroons centre after lowballing an offer earlier this year that was reportedly $80,000 short of Capewell’s current price at the mountains.
Kevin Walters recently identified Capewell and fellow Maroons star Dane Gagai as potential targets for 2022.
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 05: Dane Gagai of the Maroons runs the ball during game one of the 2019 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on June 05, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
The Broncos will have a tussle with the Cowboys to land Capewell however, with the Townsville club also set for a busy transfer season.
The Cowboys have already confirmed the signings of
Chad Townsend and Peta Hiku from 2022, while Tom Dearden joined North Queensland via an early release last week.
Capewell will lineup for the
Maroons next Wednesday in what will be his second Origin serious for Queensland.