As soon as the clock strikes midnight on October 31st into November 1st, a plethora of NRL talent becomes fair game.

Names such as Joseph Tapine, David Fifita and Cameron Munster will have clubs lining up for their services as they are allowed to discuss terms for 2024 and beyond.

Another player who will have no shortage of clubs interested in his services is Cowboys and Queensland second rower Jeremiah Nanai.

Having signed just the one-year extension back in April, he is eligible to talk to opposition clubs on November 1st for the 2024 season, and has recently indicated he is in no rush to confirm his future after taking a punt this time last year that his value would increase again - which it most certainly has.

We look at the five most likely destinations for Nanai come 2024. I initially shortlisted eight teams and could justify another two but the below five are those I consider the most likely to be leading the chase.

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2. Melbourne Storm

At the conclusion of the 2022 season the Melbourne Storm will lose both of their star backrowers in Felise Kaufusi and Kenneath Bromwich to the Dolphins.

With Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Tui Kamikamica and Josh King off contract at the end of next year, Craig Bellamy may be looking for a refresh.

The Storm are not a side who has needed to rebuild since ... well ever, so a signing of the quality of Nanai is right on point.

Melbourne don't typically go out and sign megastars. They sign players and make them better. Can you imagine if they did that with the try scoring second rower?

It would be a huge move for a young player but if Craig Bellamy has, as expected, re-committed his future to the Storm, then it would be hard to say no here.

Nanai's try scoring abilities are extremely well known. He has the ability to put on the flash play but working with Bellamy seems to improve everyone's game.

I would be shocked if the Storm aren't keeping a close eye on the situation hoping that Nanai holds out for another two-and-a-bit months.


  1. The timing is wrong for Melbourne. If they knew for certain that Munster were leaving, then they could afford to make a play for Nanai. Unless and until they know Munster is going, there will be no money available under the cap to negotiate with Nanai.

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