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How huge $6 million deal could impact Leeds Rhinos

Reports down under this morning are claiming that one of the longest contract sagas ever is coming to a close.

Just before a Grand Final rematch with the Penrith Panthers, Parramatta Eels’ star player Mitchell Moses has reportedly agreed to a huge new deal to keep him at the club until the end of the 2028 NRL season.

Moses is set to earn upwards of $1.2 million per season in this deal making it worth at least $6 million in the long run.

It comes after the Eels have fended off interest from the Canterbury Bulldogs and former club Wests Tigers which is how Leeds Rhinos are roped into this.

Reports emerged that Leeds are interested in signing halfback Luke Brooks from the Wests Tigers.

Both of Leeds’ current halfbacks are coming to the ends of their deals and thus there is a degree of uncertainty about the position heading into 2024.

The pair due have plenty of history together playing alongside each other at Canberra Raiders when they finished in the top three of the NRL in 2016.

Both have been Man of Steel nominees during their time in Super League with Warrington Wolves and Huddersfield Giants respectively.

However, their time at Leeds has been up and down.

The two did help the Rhinos to the Grand Final in 2022 but Sezer missed it due to concussion protocols.

Sezer is currently on five Man of Steel points for the season and Austin recently nailed a match winning drop goal against Champions St Helens but both have dealt with injuries in their Headingley careers and have been a touch inconsistent.

Thus, according to the Mole of Wide World of Sports, the Rhinos are interested in 28 year old Luke Brooks.

He is coming to the end of his deal but is yet to agree a deal to stay at the club despite the fact they let former Wigan Warriors and Salford Red Devils halfback join Newcastle Knights ahead of the new season.

Leeds are said to have a look at the halfback who could be said to suit the Super League style of play.

This interest of course could go nowhere if the Tigers can’t find a replacement and now that their ideal replacement is off the market it could mean that the Tigers elect to keep Brooks meaning any more to Headingley wouldn’t happen.

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