Super League target Martin Taupau is reportedly set to sign for a new club.
He is unlikely to be with the Manly Sea Eagles in 2023 with his hefty contract coming to an end and Taupau is being monitored by a number of NRL clubs
“There aren’t a huge list of big-name off-contract players this year, however, I can tell you that Marty Taupau is one of the rare big names on the list,” The Daily Telegraph’s Dave Riccio commenced.
“One club, the North Queensland Cowboys are keeping an eye on Marty Taupau and how he starts the season.
“If he starts fast, they may just look at picking him up because they do have their own prop forward off contract in Jordan McLean.
“No decision has been made on McLean at this time and they just may go down the path of Marty Taupau if he has a fast start to the season.”
The New Zealand international began his career at the Canterbury Bulldogs, debuting in 2010.
After 21 appearances in four seasons, Taupau made the switch to the Wests Tigers where he became a regular, registering 45 appearances over a period of two years.
It took a move to Manly ahead of the 2016 NRL season to firmly put Taupau on the map, with almost 150 appearances later in six seasons.
It can hardly be said that Taupau is running out of steam either, with the 31-year-old playing 26 games for Manly in the 2021 NRL season including the club’s preliminary final loss against South Sydney.
He had previously been linked with a move away last year, but Manly kept hold of the barnstorming forward.