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Another club has joined the race to sign Broncos teen freak Selwyn Cobbo, while the Sea Eagles have given a journeyman a career lifeline.

Read on for all the latest transfer whispers.

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COBBO A MAN IN DEMAND

The Sea Eagles have joined the race to sign Broncos teen star Selwyn Cobbo who comes off contract at the end of next season.

Cobbo has become one of the best young players in the game this season and is attracting plenty of interest from rival clubs.

The 19-year-old winger dominated the Bunnies last week and face Manly at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

The winger is considered a long-term fullback at Brisbane and has been compared to a young Greg Inglis.

Cobbo is on $180,000 this season but his stellar form has seen his value skyrocket and he’ll soon earn more than $600,000 per year.

Cobbo is reportedly on the cusp of re-signing at the Broncos on a $2 million dollar deal that will keep him at Red Hill until 2025.

That’s prompted as many as eight clubs to chase Cobbo’s signature, but Brisbane coach Kevin Walters insists the future fullback is going nowhere.

“We are very hopeful we can keep him here,” Walters said.

“We see Selwyn as a long-term player for our club, we love what he brings, even at such a young age. He has played some great footy this year which is great for us as a team and great for Broncos fans.

“Selwyn looks good in Maroon and we intend on keeping him here for many years.”

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CAREER LIFELINE

NRL journeyman James Segeyaro has reportedly been offered a career lifeline by the Sea Eagles.

The 31-year-old dummy-half hasn’t appeared in first grade since 2019, but could be nearing an NRL return after reportedly receiving a train-and-trial deal with Des Hasler’s side, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The PNG international impressed for Manly’s feeder-club Blacktown Workers, playing both halfback and hooker to earn the $1000-a-week deal.

Segeyaro could find himself on the field in first grade as soon as Round 11, giving No.9 Lachlan Croker such much needed cover.

Clubs are able to select players from outside their top 30 without approval from the NRL after Round 10, meaning Segeyaro could face the Eels at CommBank Stadium.

Karl Lawton, Hasler’s regular dummy-half replacement, is currently serving a ban for a lifting tackle on Cameron Murray, while Manase Fainu has been stood down since 2019.

Segeyaro has played for the Panthers, Sharks, Broncos and Cowboys in the past, appearing 154 times in the top grade.

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The exciting rake spent 20 months on the sidelines after testing positive to a banned substance, which was ingested via a housemate’s blender.

Segeyaro’s 20-month suspension was backdated and he was free to resume his rugby league career in June last year.

According to a statement from the NRL, the tribunal found the 31-year-old “bore a significant degree of responsibility for the positive result but ruled he had not intentionally taken the Ligandrol.”

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PANTHERS FAIL TO POUNCE

Blues star forward Liam Martin has knocked back Penrith’s first attempt to retain him beyond 2023.

Martin was reportedly offered a deal well below the premiership player’s estimated market value of $750,000.

The Panthers are facing a salary cap squeeze and if they cannot find the cash then Martin will head to the open market.

It means he’ll be able to negotiate with clubs from November 1 for the 2024 season.

Martin has played 70 NRL games since making his debut at Penrith in 2019 and represented NSW in all three games of Origin last year.

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