Melbourne Storm winger Anthony Quinn is fighting to save his career at the club despite being under contract next season and being just one game away from playing in his third grand final for the Storm.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal the former NSW Blues winger was told at the start of the season he would be surplus to requirements in 2012 and likely to play out the final year of his $230,000 a season contract in the NSW Cup if he remained at the club.
It is understood Melbourne are desperate to free up money under the salary cap in a bid to retain off contract players including the likes of backrower Todd Lowrie, who is yet to commit to another season with the Storm because of financial constraints.
The emergence of outstanding young wingers Matt Duffie and Justin O’Neill is believed to be another big factor in the club’s decision to try and off-load Quinn.
While Quinn is well within his rights to hold his ground and remain at the Storm next year, his prospects of picking up an extended contract beyond 2012 would diminish if he was consistently playing in the NSW Cup.