St George Illawarra star Tyson Frizell is close to signing for the Newcastle Knights despite the uncertainty that looms over the NRL.
Despite the fact that all contract negotiations are on hold due to the season suspension, NRL.com report that Frizell has accepted a near $2 million contract from 2021.
It is believed that the back-rower made the decision on his future last week, before the 2020 season was put on an indefinite lockdown.
The NRL has advised all players, agents and clubs that deals will be put on hold during these uncertain times regarding player salaries.
St George were desperate to keep hold of Frizell, but after Newcastle’s initial bid became public, the Kangaroos forward made it clear that his decision would lie solely on who he believed he could win a Premiership with.
“People know that I’m looking to win a Premiership hopefully and play some good footy, play finals footy,” Frizell said last month.
He added: “That’s what we do it for. I don’t do it to go chasing money, that’s a nice part of it but if that’s what is driving us, we’re not going to be successful at all.”
Neither the Knights nor the Dragons are yet to make an official statement, but it is believed that the deal will be announced once the future of player salaries is cleared up.