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Anyone know what we offered? Might be happy to take a pay cut to stay at the club closer to a premiership...

Or might leverage the Sharks to get an extra year out of the Warriors.
I heard (although not the greatest source) we offered 550k 2 years
 

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Did you see the Warriors last season? We are no closer to a premiership then they are. In fact one could argue they might be slightly ahead of us in that regard.
Yeah I'm projecting ahead to 2025... No AFB and SJ another year older is going to make it tough for them.

Meanwhile we get AFB and hopefully Nicho in his prime.
 

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ON THE MONEY Gumby.
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NRL transfer hub: Warriors offer Hamlin-Uele $2.2 million deal

ByMichael Chammas
Updated January 23, 2024 — 5.25pmfirst published January 16, 2024 — 5.04pm

Cronulla face a major fight to keep prop Braden Hamlin-Uele after the Warriors offered him a three-year deal worth almost $2.2 million to join the club from 2025.

The 29-year-old has offers from the Warriors and the Sharks, with the New Zealand club’s deal of more than $700,000 a season the most lucrative of the two. Hamlin-Uele’s contract expires at the end of this season.

The Warriors have targeted Hamlin-Uele as the future leader of their forward pack following incumbent prop Addin Fonua-Blake’s decision to join the Sharks, on compassionate grounds, from next year until the end of 2028.

The Sharks have also signed fellow prop forward Toby Rudolf until the end of 2026, but the club believes there is room for all three middle forwards.

Cronulla made their offer to Hamlin-Uele weeks ago, well before they beat St George Illawarra in the race to sign Fonua-Blake.
What is the world coming to @Sir Chadley ?

Did these journos pass English at high school? Don’t they know that you can’t be the “most” out of two?
 
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I was pretty sure he’d be the one we couldn’t keep but fact it’s opening up a chance of a direct swap this year has me even happier.

With our other props along with AFB we are more than covered imo.
 

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I was pretty sure he’d be the one we couldn’t keep but fact it’s opening up a chance of a direct swap this year has me even happier.

With our other props along with AFB we are more than covered imo.
If we somehow manage a swap I truly believe we can seriously contend for the top 4 this season.
 
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Third year would likely be the clincher. If he goes, I hope he gets his body sorted and succeeds. Always gave everything for us when he could string some games together. 2m contract to end your career will be hard to turn down.
 

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Third year would likely be the clincher. If he goes, I hope he gets his body sorted and succeeds. Always gave everything for us when he could string some games together. 2m contract to end your career will be hard to turn down.
Just turned 29 so really a 3 year deal could be it for him. This is his last big contract.
Does he take the money or gamble on potentially winning a premiership across the next 2 years with us.
 

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Isn’t this the team that we’re taking pay cuts to all stay together.
 

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BHU was the logical choice for us to move on I feel. The size of the Warriors contract is a little puzzling tbh. BHU looks great when he's firing, no doubt, but I could've feel like I could rely on him to be my forwards leader.

I hope it goes through, for him and us. And I'll wish him all the best. SJ, Metcalfe, BHU... Warriors might need to be my new second team.
 

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If it meant us offering a 3rd year @ 500k would people be happy with that?
Sure.

Contract would be 2025-2027. In that third year the cap will (apparently) be almost $12m. A $500k player in 2027 is the same as a $250k player in 2017. A 31yo BHU is worth that easily.

Just need to be careful about how many contracts get extended into 2028, because those will get a ratchet with a new CBA. Currently only Nicho and AFB are on the books for 2028.
 
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If it meant us offering a 3rd year @ 500k would people be happy with that?
Yep 3 yrs for a total of ~ $1.5m
I’d be happy for BHU to stick around on that coin.

I really like him and think he is a very good and damaging FRF when fit.
It’s just the constant injuries and the lead time to get back to his best that’s concerning.

Don’t really want to lose him but if he can get ~ $700 pa for 3 yrs then I guess he needs to take that.

Isn’t this the team that we’re taking pay cuts to all stay together.
I think this is a bit different to when Ronnie said that.

We hadn’t just signed one of the 3 best winger/centres in the game directly competing for his spot.

Would love to retain BHU and maybe he will show some loyalty after we rescued him from NthQLD who knows but I’m not expecting he hangs around unfortunately
 

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Yep 3 yrs for a total of ~ $1.5m
I’d be happy for BHU to stick around on that coin.

I really like him and think he is a very good and damaging FRF when fit.
It’s just the constant injuries and the lead time to get back to his best that’s concerning.

Don’t really want to lose him but if he can get ~ $700 pa for 3 yrs then I guess he needs to take that.


I think this is a bit different to when Ronnie said that.

We hadn’t just signed one of the 3 best winger/centres in the game directly competing for his spot.

Would love to retain BHU and maybe he will show some loyalty after we rescued him from NthQLD who knows but I’m not expecting he hangs around unfortunately
You're offering him less per year than the sharks are haha
He's not gunna take 700k less over three years to stay, call it loyalty but where is the loyalty to him - paying someone else to come in over the top of him so we can't afford him anymore.

700k for a starting nrl prop including some Warriors tax is a pretty fair price for him, we can't afford to match it. They really need a prop too, and everyone knows they have cap space.
Sounds like we offered him and Toby about the same at about the same time and Toby signed straight away, BHU is seeing how things unfold.
BHU ceiling for impact plays in greater than Toby's, but as we are all well aware his inability to refind form after injuries has been a big issue for us.

I do agree it is very different from the Ronnie situation, saying it when you're assured of your place (and probably not talking about leaving that much on the table), although you can run 6-7 middles on game day vs 2 wingers so even with the new guy BHU could very much stay in 17, where competition for Ronnie could put him in reserve grade.
 
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Wasn’t it $500k pa? Pretty sure Punisher quoted that.
I did say approx so if it’s $550 or whatever then that’s fine
I just can’t see us matching ~ $700
 
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