Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Adam Elliott recently parted ways with the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs after over 100 appearances in five years for the club.
During his time at Belmore, Elliott was consistently one of the club’s best players, who was, unfortunately, let go following an off-field incident.
Speculation began over Elliott’s future when the Australian’s Brent Read reported that the Wests Tigers were looking to sign the forward last month.
“I think that is something they will begin to resolve early next week,” Read said via Triple M.
“His manager Dave Riolo has been talking to clubs about him and gauging interest. He will have no trouble finding a club and the Tigers are one club watching the situation pretty closely.”
While Elliott has not signed with the Tigers, they are still believed to be after his services for 2022, but now must contend with another bidder, as the Daily Telegraph is reporting that the Canberra Raiders are looking to sign the 26-year-old.
Raiders Chief of Recruitment Peter Mulholland was formally in a similar role at the Bulldogs and was crucial in bringing Elliott to the club.
It is believed that Elliott’s link to Mulhullond is a big reason as to why the Green Machine believes they can get him to put pen to paper and move to the nation’s capital in 2022.
Canberra is coming off of a very disappointing season, missing the finals for the first time since 2018, following a Grand Final and Preliminary Final appearance.
The club is also on the hunt for a new halfback, with the Raiders reportedly considering a move for former New South Wales State of Origin representative Mitchell Pearce and were believed to have asked the Warriors to release Chanel Harris-Tevita to them.
Elliott would bolster a forward pack that has just lost Ryan James to the Brisbane Broncos, with Bega native likely fitting in well with the likes of Josh Papalii, Hudson Young and Corey Harawira-Naera and Hudson Young who all had strong periods of form throughout last season.
If the Raiders can sign Elliott, then he could be key in the club returning to the finals in 2022, as they look to bounce back quickly.