The Cronulla Sharks are reportedly facing a salary cap squeeze in the coming weeks as they try to retain as many members of their explosive backline as possible.
Journalist Brent Read believes the Sharks have got a "huge month or so" coming as they try to secure a number of players who have stuck together through the junior ranks at the club and have been vital to the club's current success.
Speaking on Triple M's Monday Scrum on Tuesday, Read says the next few weeks will be telling, especially with regards to the contract situation of second-rower Talakai.
"I reckon Cronulla have got a huge few weeks coming up, a huge month or so" Read began.
"The Sharks have been talking to (Talakai) for ages about trying to get a new deal done.
"They put the talks off while he was in State of Origin camp, but they've ramped them up again.