MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 10: Ryley Jacks of the Storm breaks through a tackle during the round 14 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park on June 10, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The Canberra Raiders have begun talks with Melbourne Storm halfback Ryley Jacks to bring him to the club when his contract runs out.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald‘s David Polkinghorne, the Raiders are after Jacks to replace Blake Austin who will ply his trade in the Super League next season.

Jacks has fallen out of favour at the Storm behind Brodie Croft, who is expected to play the halfback role in this Sunday’s Grand Final.

Jacks was close to signing with the Brisbane Broncos, only for the Broncos to withdraw their offer during the final stages of their discussions.

No formal offer has been made to the 26-year-old as of yet and a move to Canberra would see him join a number of playmakers vying for the halfback role, including Aidan Sezer and Sam Williams.


  1. The thing is, if he does sign…there will be so much pressure on him to be the difference in the Raiders making the finals, and it won’t be his fault. Its the 2018 Raiders fault for underperforming. I hope the kid has strong shaulders if he does indeed put pen to paper…


    15.J. Bateman
    16.L. Bateman
    17. Knight


    If that team stays injury free, there are no excuses in 2019…

    • I imagine John Bateman will start in the second row, with Papali’i at Lock. Bateman, in my opinion, is on too good a deal (and is too good a player) to be left on the bench. Soliola off the bench loses nothing.

      • Yeah I don’t know Bateman that well. All I know is he played in the centres for England. I couldn’t see him taking either Croker or BJ’s spot so I put him on the bench. But you could be right…

        • John Bateman will start, they have been chasing him for a couple of years, he can play. His position may hinge on Wightons court case, he may have to serve more time.

          To sign Jacks they need to move on somebody, there is a rumour that they will move BJ on, Bateman to the centres

          With regards to your starting team: I wouldn’t move Papalii from 13, Tapine won`t move from the edge when you`ve got Lui, Guler, Sutton, Knight to play up front

          Don`t be surprised if they make a play for James Tamou, Penrith are desperate for cap space to sign some of their young forwards, Penrith will have to pay some of his wage

  2. @stickysituation
    If what your saying is true and they move Leilua on, wouldn’t that risk losing Rapana also? To my knowledge (which isn’t a lot as I’m not generally up to date), wasn’t that moving on BJ stuff all to do with him and Austin having a fall out? Now Austin has moved on no need to get rid of Leilua right?

    • It might be a risk but I don`t think Rapana would get the coin he is on elsewhere. Not 100% on the reason they looked at moving BJ last year but the conflict with Austin had plenty to do with it I`d guess

      The only reason they would move BJ on would be if they signed a decent 1/2 – 5/8, we have options at centre but desperately need a half

      I hope they don`t move Wighton back to 5/8, time will tell I suppose

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