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Big Dog’s brutal paycut; rival’s last-ditch play to snatch Origin star: Transfer Whispers

Jul 10, 2021

Former State of Origin prop Dylan Napa is facing a paycut in excess of $350,000 as he desperately searches for a rugby league club that wants him.
The fiery 28-year-old is said to be earning $650,000 from the Bulldogs but theyve been trying to offload him, with speculation earlier this year he was offered to Penrith as a sweetener to let Matt Burton leave early.
New Dogs coach Trent Barrett is reshaping the roster at Belmore and Napa clearly isnt in the plans.
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The Australian reporter Brent Read told Triple M on Saturday he believes Napa is struggling to find a buyer for his services.
Theres nothing on the table at the moment, as I understand, from the Bulldogs, Read said.
His management are offering him around for less than half that, $300,000 hes being offered around at to clubs in recent weeks.
Im not sure hes had any bites yet, so Im not sure whats going to happen with Dylan Napa.
He might have to drop that pay request even more now, or his management might, because theres not a lot of interest in him.
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North Queensland is desperate to lure NSWs State of Origin forward Dale Finucane to Townsville next season.
Finucane has a number of offers to mull over as he decides where his rugby league future lies.
Melbourne is keen to keep him but the Storm realise that may not be possible due to salary cap constraints.
The Tigers, Bulldogs, and Cowboys are other clubs said to be keen on him.
Brent Read told Triple M the Cowboys are ramping up their efforts to sign him.
Its been well documented they put a two-year deal on the table for Dale Finucane. Ive spoken to them this week, theyve reached out to Finucanes camp and let him know they are willing to go to three years now, Read said.
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Hes got a few clubs after him. Melbourne has put an offer in, hes been linked to the Wests Tigers, hes been linked with Canterbury a few other clubs.
The Cowboys are now willing to go to three years as a means to entice him across the line and get him to Townsville.
Initially Dales management wanted a four-year deal, on huge money, that was never going to happen. Some clubs were talking about two years.
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Canterbury is reportedly poised to announce the signing of St George Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty on a one-year deal.
The Daily Telegraph says the contract is basically finalised.
Dufty was told weeks ago he wasnt wanted at the Dragons next year, and has been on the lookout for a new home since.
The Raiders and Broncos showed interest in the early stages, but the Bulldogs have snapped him up.
Canterbury will have a new-look backline next year with Dufty, winger Josh Addo-Carr, and centre Brent Naden all joining in 2022.
The Dogs have already released experienced backline utility Dallin Watene-Zelezniak go to the Warriors, while theres rumours Will Hopoate is on his way out of Belmore, possibly to the Dragons.