There has been a new twist in the saga that has been the tug-of-war for Joseph Suaalii’s signature.

Souths have knocked back Suaaliis request and will now attempt to broker a new contract extension – the youngster is already signed to the Redfern-based club for 2021 – of three to four years.
It continues a back and forth between the parties as the Australian Rugby Union tries to prise him from leagues grasp. Rugby is dangling the prospect of an Olympics berth via the Rugby Sevens, as well as a host of guarantees about national squad selection.
The Rabbitohs are still hopeful of landing a deal, but have also re-signed Alex Johnson despite fears he could be squeezed out due to salary cap constraints. Suaalii is expected to make his NRL debut for Souths on the wing next year and then challenge Latrell Mitchell for the right to wear the No.1 jersey long term.
Players and clubs are becoming more creative with contracts in a bid to get deals done. The Tigers have tabled an offer to Josh Addo-Carr that triggers bonus payments if he plays more than half his games at fullback. The unique offering ensures the Storm star gets the chance to earn fullback money but protects the club if his positional switch doesnt work.