On one hand there is the Nathan Tinkler-backed offer to return to his beloved Newcastle Knights next year. On the other, there is the contract he still has with Leeds.
Speaking for the first time about the speculation over his future, Buderus confirmed he has been approached to make a comeback with the Knights. First as a player, then as a coach.But it isn’t that easy.
“There is an opportunity to go back,” Buderus said.
“There is an offer to play and then speak about a role after that. But everyone has to remember that I’m still a Leeds Rhino.”
A man of his word, and loyal to the core, Buderus won’t leave Leeds stranded, even though he wants nothing more than to wear the No.9 for Newcastle again. Remember, this is a guy who has only played for two clubs: the Knights and Leeds.
The Rhinos want him to be replaced with a player of his calibre or money if he goes.
“This place has been great for me and I’m not going to leave them if they aren’t OK with it,” Buderus said. “I have to pay the situation the respect it deserves. There is some red tape and I have to work through it.”
The Daily Telegraph understands that in private discussions with the Knights, the Rhinos have asked for a transfer fee of close to $150,000 to release Buderus.
It is not clear if Tinkler would even entertain a transfer fee of that magnitude and finding a suitable replacement player willing to quit the NRL to join Leeds will not be easy.