NRL 360 co-host and senior News Corp journalist Paul Kent believes the Bulldogs are shopping Moses Mbye to other clubs in the NRL, in a bid to free up some salary cap space.
Mbye has been one of the Dogs’ shining lights this season, after moving to fullback to allow for Kieran Foran to take up his usual spot in the halves.
Canterbury are certainly in a situation where they must shed players to stay salary cap compliant, and Kent believes Mbye is one of the few with real value left on their books.
“It’s an interesting one because a lot of Canterbury people say ‘why would you get rid of Moses Mbye?’ but Canterbury are in a position where they have to offload,” Kent said on Sunday Night with Matty Johns.
“There’s going to be a forum next week where the new board’s going to have to talk to the members and despite making a promise, which actually helped them get elected, that they would never pay a player to play at another club, it looks like they’re going to have to do that.
“Now they can’t just throw up anyone or a player of no value that Canterbury fans would be happy to lose because other clubs don’t want to buy that player.
“He’s rumoured to be on about $900,000 a year. That’s going to create some salary cap room OK.
“Second to that you are going to get some clubs who are interested as long as Canterbury pay some of the freight.”
Mbye could join the likes of the Morris brothers and Greg Eastwood who depart the club at season’s end, with the aforementioned trio all on big deals and are unlikely to fit back into the cap.
The Dogs have started the season 2-7, and face off in a bottom-of-the-table clash with the 2-7 Eels on Friday night.