Jeremiah Nanai showed his class during the Rugby League World Cup.
The teenage sensation starred for Australia in the tournament catching the eye in two of Super League’s best and biggest grounds in the shape of Leeds Rhinos’ Headingley Stadium as the Kangaroos defeated Fiji in his debut before claiming the Man of the Match at St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium against Italy.
This has only furthered interest in the teenage superstar who shone for the North Queensland Cowboys.
In the last 12 months of his current deal, rival clubs can now approach him and last week there were rumours that he had been offered a “monster” $4.2 million deal by a Sydney club.
That said he is expected to turn this down:
“There is a Sydney club reportedly offering boom Cowboys player Jeremiah Nanai $4.2 million over a five year deal,” Mark Geyer said on Triple M.
“If you look at the Sydney clubs that have money you would think it is maybe the Eels or the Sharks or the Sea Eagles or Dragons.
“But if they could get him away form the Cowboys my goodness. He’s 19 years of age. He is a try-scoring freak. He got rookie of the year last season.
“It would be a coup, but I don’t think he will leave the Cowboys. I think this is posturing from his management to try and get him some more money.”
However, the transfer saga around the young forward is set to continue.
This comes as Gold Coast Titans are considering a move for him if they lose David Fifita to Canberra Raiders.
Meanwhile The Dolphins are also keen on him and both could lure him away given that the main reason he turned down the Sydney club was his desire to stay in Queensland.
“The Dally M rookie of the year shot to stardom in 2022 with his awesome skill, size and footwork on the Cowboys edge proving instrumental towards the club‘s resurgence. What’s alarming is that Nanai is still only 19 and he’s already represented State of Origin for Queensland and Australia at the World Cup. It’s any wonder that a Sydney club has recently weighed-in with a staggering $4.2 million five-year deal. The Dolphins and Titans – should they lose David Fifita – are circling Nanai, who has already declared that his preference is to stay and win a premiership with the Cowboys.”