Former Leeds Rhinos target chased by five clubs

Marty Taupau is one of the biggest free agents in the game at present.

The former Manly Sea Eagles forward has shone for the club over the last few years and has been chased by NRL Grand Finalists Parramatta Eels in recent weeks.

However, the uncertainty around the salary cap in the NRL with ex-Hull KR man key as president of the Players Association (RLPA) has delayed any move.

Now, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, five clubs care chasing the prop.

None of these are Super League clubs despite the fact he has been chased by them in the past with him reportedly linked with Leeds Rhinos in the past.

It has been a frustrating time for him.

“It’s been a really frustrating and stressful time,” Taupau told The Herald.

“It’s now a waiting game, not at our end, but with all the negotiations happening with the NRL and RLPA.

“Doing what we did with Toa Samoa at the World Cup and the success we had, it really lit a fire in me, and it got me excited for the coming season.

“I’ve been training three to four times a week, and I’m preparing physically and mentally for the 2023 season. I’m backing my ability to get a new deal.

“There are a number of clubs interested. But it comes back to the cap and how much clubs can spend.

“I don’t know when it will be time to start panicking. I genuinely believe I’ll end up at an NRL club, and I know I do have a number of good years left in the NRL.”

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