Michael Jennings
Five clubs keen on star centre

Jennings deal may see Ayshford axed

NSW Origin centre Michael Jennings is still firmly in the mix at the Wests Tigers, ensuring a nervous summer for Blake Ayshford.

Despite Tigers officials believing Ayshford is about to revive the form that had him tipped as a Kangaroo bolter two years ago, there is no ironclad guarantee he will be there next year despite having a three-year contract.

The Jennings domino could have an impact on five clubs, with the Parramatta Eels, the Tigers, New Zealand Warriors and St George Illawarra Dragons all interested in him.

His former coach Matt Elliott has a high opinion of Jennings and would love to take him to the Warriors, while the Penrith Panthers centre was one of Ricky Stuart’s best in Origin last season.

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Jennings’ future at Penrith is uncertain thanks to a $650,000-per-season contract. Should the Tigers land him, Ayshford would be the likely casualty ahead of fellow centre Chris Lawrence.

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