NRL Rd 5 - Bulldogs v Roosters
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15: Joseph Manu of the Roosters evades the tackle of Morgan Harper of the Bulldogs during the round five NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Sydney Roosters at Bankwest Stadium on June 15, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

On November 1st this year a host of superstars will officially be off contract for the 2023 season meaning they will be able to discuss their futures with other clubs.

Some of the names off-contract include Viliame Kikau, Cody Walker and Ryan Papenhuyzen.

Scrolling through the list though, one player who stands out to me is Joseph Manu. A superstar centre with very public ambitions to shift into a fullback role.

SEE ALSO: The full list of off contract NRL players.

Despite his success in Roosters colours, he is a player I believe can be tempted into shifting clubs to seek a positional change and a big upgrade in contract value.

Below are the most likely landing spots for the Kiwi superstar.


5. Cronulla Sharks

Earlier this year I wrote that the Sharks were only a Nicho Hynes and Joey Manu signing double away from completely turning around the team's fortunes. Step one complete, now for step two?

Craig Fitzgibbon would obviously have an inside run on Manu's abilities. He would surely also hold the inside lane when it came to discussions if called upon.

Earlier this year the Sharks re-signed young gun Will Kennedy so the previous clear run to the custodian role is no longer there. That said, Kennedy's form has dipped since Matt Moylan's injury and bringing in a marquee signing like Many could see him shifted.

The Sharks have Jesse Ramien but are searching for a second long-term centre. Manu and Ramien would form arguably the strongest centre pairing in the game.

Then there's always the chance Manu could switch into the six. He and Hynes are an intriguing combination that if given a full pre-season could cause some major issues for other sides.

The Sharks also have a massive amount of cap space available for next year and beyond. If they were to sign Manu for 2023 they very likely could match or exceed any offer on the table.

If the Sharks really want Manu they have plenty in their favour. They have a possible number one jersey, more than enough cap space and a familiar face in Fitzgibbon.

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