Super League target Corey Norman and former Super League halfback Todd Carney have been linked with the Southport Tigers.
Norman, who was out of contract with the St George Illawarra Dragons at the end of the 2021 NRL season, has yet to find a new club whilst Carney has been without a club since leaving Hull KR at the end of 2018.
Channel 7s Michelle Bishop had revealed on SEN radio that Norman’s management had previously been in talks with the Newcastle Knights.
“I have contacted Corey Norman’s management and they have had discussions with the Newcastle Knights,” Bishop said on SEN’s Breakfast with Vossy.
“I will say that it is definitely not the Knights’ priority.
“I can also reveal that Corey Norman was shopped to the Catalans Dragons prior to this all happening when there was discussions of James Maloney possibly retiring.
“The Dragons were not interested and if you join the dots that’s because they were already well advanced in talking to Mitchell Pearce as their preferred option.”
Whilst that move never came off, Norman was linked with a move to the Southport Tigers to fill the void left by Israel Folau, who left to join Japanese rugby union side Shining Arcs.
But, a source at the Tigers has since since dismissed such rumours.
“That is 100 per cent incorrect,” they said to the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“I’ve heard on the grapevine that we’ve signed everyone from Greg Bird, Todd Carney to Anthony Don.
“The truth is (the halves are) not a position we need.
“People just have overactive imaginations because we have an amazing sponsor (in Palmer).