Kiwis World Cup and Four Nations hero Thomas Leuluai has emerged as a possible halfback option for South Sydney while Sydney Roosters forward Nate Myles has been linked with Parramatta.
With Chris Sandow turning his back on Souths for a lucrative deal with the Eels, frustrated Rabbitohs officials are on the look-out for a new halfback, and have been linked with former NSW playmaker Brett Finch. However, the Herald has been told that Leuluai is a more likely option than his Wigan scrumbase partner, with coach Michael Maguire a big fan of the New Zealander, who was man of the match in last year’s British Super League grand final win.
Since Maguire’s three-year appointment to coach Souths, a number of Wigan players have been linked to the Rabbitohs but winger Pat Richards – last year’s Man of Steel – has reportedly re-signed for a further two years, while Finch is also contracted to the Super League premiers for next season.
Finch’s manager, Steve Gillis, said last night that the former Canberra, Roosters, Eels and Storm playmaker had not been approached by Souths but the Herald understands that Rabbitohs officials were expecting Sandow to stay so are only beginning their search for a replacement.
Having signed Sandow, it is understood the Eels have spoken to Myles, who has also been linked to Gold Coast and Newcastle. Myles is under contract to the Roosters for next season but the club will not stand in his way of gaining a more lucrative, longer-term deal elsewhere. However, Roosters officials have ruled out releasing Myles before the June 30 deadline for player transfers.