Dragon boy Tyrell Sloan is reportedly unhappy with his lack of playing time and will demand an immediate release from his contract.
The 20-year-old re-signed with the Red V in January this year, but according to The Daily Telegraph, he is ready to leave with two years left on his current contract.
Sloan is reportedly unwilling to sit behind Cody Ramsey in the pecking order and a number of rival clubs are monitoring the situation.
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Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins are reportedly lurking with Jamayne Isaako, their current option to play as a fullback.
Reports suggest the NRL’s newest club is preparing an offer ready to put a contract for the young gun on the table, but NRL rules require him to wait for his release to be completed.
However, NRL360 co-host Paul Kent believes Bennett may have already shown him a potential salary for next season, prompting Sloan to terminate his contract.
“Tyrell Sloan in the paper today, to me it’s a bit of a touch of the old three-card trick,” Kent said Monday night.
“So he’s come out and he’s said he’s not happy at St George, he doesn’t like the direction he’s going at the club and he’s not comfortable under Anthony Griffin, the coach, so he would like to release and it is speculated that he will go to the dolphins.
“I venture to suggest that the dolphins have taken an approach, made him an offer much higher than what he does in St George, and instead of saying I got a better deal here.”
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“You know it’s highly illegal what you’re suggesting,” added Buzz Rothfield of The Daily Telegraph.
“It’s rugby league Phil, it’s rugby league, but that’s how it works in this game,” said Kent.
“It’s just for me that it smells a little bit.”
Rothfield further revealed that he believes a number of clubs are interested in Sloan’s services.
“I think more than Redcliffe is interested, he’s a pretty special player, but he got behind Cody Ramsey this year, couldn’t play and he felt a little bit different from the main team,” said Rothfield.
“He didn’t feel like he was getting feedback, it’s not the first player to do it, Reece Walsh did it.”
Kent also denounced the attitude of young NRL stars who have a “deterioration in values”.
He believes those who don’t get what they want from their respective coaches will look elsewhere and rival clubs will “tell them what they want to hear”.
“I’m about to say that the days we have players are dictating to the coach that I don’t have enough first class this year, so clearly you can’t recognize my skills,” said Kent.
“I want to go somewhere else where I’m better educated in the game and better educated.
“I just don’t understand how these young players and the worst thing is that rival clubs tell them what they want to hear so they get them to the club.
“There’s a rule deterioration in values there.”
“A lot of kids look elsewhere if they can’t make it to first grade and many clubs release them for that reason,” added Rothfield.
Sloan has made 13 NRL appearances so far after making his debut midway through the 2021 season and being tipped to become the Dragons’ long-term No.
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