Zeb Taia
ESL move on the cards

In-form forward Zeb Taia is set to part company with the Newcastle Knights at season’s end to accept a rich deal in the English Super League.

Off contract at the end of 2012, Taia will almost certainly be squeezed out, freeing up room under the salary cap to accommodate new signing Beau Scott from St George Illawarra.

The 27-year-old New Zealand Test representative learned this week that the Knights were unlikely to make an offer to retain him.

Taia’s manager, John Frare, said his client had already attracted interest from two NRL clubs and three Super League outfits, two of whom have tabled lucrative three-year deals.

Taia is one of a handful of free agents on Newcastle’s books, along with Joel Edwards, Evarn Tuimavave, Richie Fa’aoso, Siuatonga Likiliki, Marvin Filipo and Luke O’Donnell.

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