SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 28: Robert Jennings of the Rabbitohs scores try during the round 20 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium on July 28, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Tigers and Eels are leading the race to sign try-scoring machine Robert Jennings, should South Sydney fail to make room in their salary cap for the 22-year-old.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Jennings and the Rabbitohs have agreed to a one-year extension for 2019, although the contract cannot be registered with the NRL until the Bunnies make room in the cap for the winger.

South Sydney will need to open up just over $250,000 of space, with his future still up in the air.

Jennings wants to remain at Redfern and play under Wayne Bennett, but understands he’ll just have to bide his time until he has a definitive answer on his Rabbitohs future.

“Right now, I’m not signed for next season, no. I was looking to stay at South Sydney but they’ve got some cap issues so I’m just waiting to see if something can get sorted out,” Jennings told The Daily Telegraph last week.

“Things have been pretty stressful but I’m just trying to keep my head up and focus on getting my body right for next year, wherever I’m playing.”

Parramatta have enough room in their cap to signing Jennings, who would join brothers Michael and George at the Eels should they persuade him to join the club.

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The Wests Tigers could bring in Jennings under Michael Maguire, with the new Tigers coach a fan of the winger.

South Sydney still have a position for Jennings available should they find room in their cap, given they have two open spots in their to 30 squad for 2019.

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  1. Would be a handy pickup for Tigers but starting lineup should be

    1. M. Mbye
    2. C. Thompson
    3. E. Marsters
    4. M.Fohnua
    5. D .Nofoaluma
    6 .B. Marshall
    7. L. Brooks
    8. B.Mautalino
    9. R. Farah
    10. R. Packer
    11 . C. McQueen
    12. C . Lawrence
    13 . E. Taylor

    14. J .Reynolds
    15 .R. Matterson
    16. R .Rochow
    17 .A .Twal

    • Thompson scored 9 tries this year and Jennings scored 18.
      Not sure how you come up with the notion that Thompson is better.
      Jennings is way way way way better than Thompson.

      • Jennings played on the end of a much better backline too though. It would be interesting to see how he want at the Tigers or Eels who struggle to create opportunities for the outside backs as much as Souths.

  2. If manly lose d walker, they will not have any 1st grade quality centres or wingers.
    This should be a concern for Des.

    • I agree suli is no center and parker isnt even a reserve grader.. des will have a plan and we just have to back him. Options are gutherson or hoppa and i dont think there clubs will let them go.. this season. Gutho is still unsigned for 2019 unless im mistaken. Kaaarrn dessie bring him home. For eels fans yes he would come back its not our fault we had lyon and matai and hiku and stewart and turbo coming through. We simply couldn’t offer him the spot he needed or wanted. Imagine we made him play winger what a waste. Not that he was better then taufua or hiku back then.

  3. I am rejoicing with exhilarated contentment that Jennings will emigrate to a rival NRL team. Jennings was a weak link with his vulnerability and inadequacy in defence which was prominent against the Roosters for all to see in this years Preliminary Final. If Jennings was such a wonderful savvy talent, why then did our arch rivals the Roosters never pursue his services?

    The announcement today by South Sydney, in signing two more imports, that of the troubled forward Knight, who was terminated by Manly and Easts and an inexperienced, unequipped outside back from Newcastle, has all but confirmed Jennings departure.

    The two hundred and fifty thousand mentioned in the above article has been utilised for these two inept players with our ever growing list of alternative imports in place of a winger who was immensely overrated.

  4. 1: C Gutherson
    2: B Ferguson
    3: M Jennings
    4: G Jennings
    5: R Jennings
    6: M Moses
    7: D Brown

    come to parra can be a Jennings backline lol

  5. As much as i would like to see him at Wests, id rather they spend the money on forwards. Matterson will be a great addition on the right edge but they are still short a quality middle forward or two and back up edge players are ordinary at best.

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