CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27: Addin Fonua-Blake of the Warriors is tackled during the round three NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Warriors at GIO Stadium on March 27, 2021, in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The Cronulla Sharks have reportedly entered the race to secure the signature of star prop Addin Fonua-Blake for the 2025 season.

This news comes after the departure of duo Matt Moylan to the Super League and Connor Tracey to the Canterbury Bulldogs ahead of next season.

Their departures mean the Sharks have a reported $750,000 to spend after it opened up space in the club's salary cap. Veteran Dale Finucane will also reportedly move from $750,000 a season salary to $300,000 for the 2025 season.

Jayden BerrellMax BradburyBilly BurnsJesse ColquhounBraden Hamlin-UeleTuku Hau TapuhaMawene HirotiKayal IroNiwhai PuruSiteni Taukamo, and Jack Williams are also off-contract at the end of next season and could be let go if the club need extra space in their cap.

“The combined salary of Moylan and Tracey sat at around $750,000,” The Daily Telegraph's journalist David Riccio said on SEN 1170 Breakfast.

“The Sharks will start to enter the discussions around Fonua-Blake (and) the Sharks could use an enforcer.

“Whether the Sharks are willing to go to the $1 million price range is yet to be seen.

“They now have flexibility that wasn't there two weeks ago. It wouldn't be wise for them not to disregard the option of Fonua-Blake.”

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The Sharks aren't the only club monitoring Fonua-Blake, with the Dally M Prop of the Year meeting with the Wests Tigers on Thursday and St George Illawarra Dragons and Canterbury Bulldogs on Friday last week.

The star prop dropped a bombshell not too long ago that saw him request a release from the remainder of his contract, which is due to expire at the end of 2026.

While his immediate future will see him remain at the Warriors for next season, it is extremely likely he will be let go at the end of next season to join a rival club for the 2025 season.

However, The Sunday Telegraph has reported that as part of his release terms from the club, they will only allow him to be released if he signs with a club from Sydney.

This means that the Brisbane BroncosCanberra RaidersThe DolphinsGold Coast TitansMelbourne StormNewcastle Knights and North Queensland Cowboys have been ruled out of the race for Fonua-Blake.

The publication also revealed that the Sydney Roosters have ruled themselves out of making a play for arguably one of the best forwards in the competition.

It is also improbable that he will be signed by the Parramatta Eels or Penrith Panthers, considering they boast an expensive forward pack already that includes the likes of Junior PauloMoses LeotaReagan Campbell-Gillard and James Fisher-Harris.

This leaves only the Canterbury BulldogsSouth Sydney RabbitohsCronulla SharksWests Tigers and St George Illawarra Dragons to secure his signature.

The 27-year-old was the highest-paid prop in the game last season and is currently on a contract worth more than $1 million a season with three seasons remaining on his current deal.

The New Zealand and Tongan international has played 12 international Tests and accumulated 159 first-grade games since his debut in 2016 - 97 for the Sea Eagles and 62 for the Warriors.