In-demand New Zealand international Junior Sa’u wants to stay at Newcastle, but his management team has warned the Knights’ new owners they can’t wait around forever.
Having patiently watched Tinkler Sports Group’s failed chase of Canterbury centre Jamal Idris – who signed a five-year deal with Gold Coast on Tuesday – Sa’u’s manager Steve Gillis said the pocket dynamo was anxious to find out whether he would be part of the new regime.
Celebrating his 24th birthday on Monday, Sa’u is keen to remain at the club to work under incoming coach Wayne Bennett in 2012, but Gillis said there were plenty of clubs ready to pounce if the Knights failed to act.
Gillis refused to divulge which clubs had declared an interest in Sa’u, who has represented the Kiwis in nine Tests, but it is believed the Bulldogs had made early enquiries as a back-up plan if Idris left.
With Idris now having confirmed his departure – leaving a large gap in the club’s salary cap for next season – Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg admitted his club was looking at the options available on the free-agent market.
But he denied a replacement centre was of paramount importance, with the club already focused on luring England Test prop James Graham to the club.