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Cowboys face bidding war to retain Nanai

30 Mar 22, 5:26PM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

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The North Queensland Cowboys have surprisingly started the 2022 NRL season quite well winning two of their first three games and conceding just 26 points so far.

Marquee talent such as Jason Taumalolo and Valentine Holmes have stood up and put on some great performances but it is North Queensland’s young crop of talent that has impressed as of late.

Players such as Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Jeremiah Nanai, Tom Gilbert, Heilum Luki and Griffin Neame have all made the transition into first grade exceptionally well, with one of these players set to spark a million-dollar bidding war for his services beyond 2022.

The player in question is 19-year-old Jeremiah

Nanai who has reportedly piqued the interest of six other NRL clubs that are prepared to offer him a deal worth over $600,000 per year according to The Courier Mail’s Peter Badel.

One of the clubs in question is believed to be the NRL’s newest franchise The Dolphins.

Nanai’s manager Sam Ayoub has spoken to Badel about his client’s current situation following his stupendous outing against the Brisbane Broncos last Sunday.

“It was a brilliant performance from Jeremiah and there’s no shortage of interest in him,” Ayoub said.

“I don’t want to speculate on figures but certainly his value has increased since the start of the season and a number of clubs have been in touch making it clear they would like to talk to Jeremiah.

“The Cowboys tabled an offer last year to extend Jeremiah but at that stage I didn’t want him to worry about contracts – the focus was purely on football.”

Cowboys head coach Todd Payten has also commented on Nanai’s future at the club and believes he will remain in North Queensland.

“I’m optimistic we will keep Jeremiah,” Payten said.

“I understand he will attract attention, which all good players do, but we are keen to have him around.”

Nanai and the Cowboys have quite the litmus test ahead of them this Saturday night as they take on competition heavyweights the Sydney Roosters.

A win for Todd Payten’s side will see them progress to a three and one win loss record and possibly take the top spot on the NRL ladder depending on other results.

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