Demands for a transfer fee of up to $200,000 from Bradford are understood to be holding up former Manly captain Matt Orford’s move to the Canberra Raiders next season.

Speculation suggesting Orford and the Raiders had agreed on a deal prompted TAB Sportsbet to issue a press release on the club’s premiership odds yesterday, but Canberra insisted the move had not been finalised and the agency retracted the release. While the Bulls announced in October that Orford’s request for a release from the remaining two years of his contract would be granted, the English Super League club wants compensation for the loss of their chief playmaker and are seeking up to £125,000 ($198,442).

Bradford owe Orford a similar amount but he is not prepared to forfeit that sort of money and the Raiders do not want to pay it, leaving him in limbo. Parramatta, who had also been interested in Orford, have pulled out of negotiations.

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