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2009 NRL Player Movements (Updated 04/10 - Crossman off to Souths)

June 25th 2008 04:53
Category: News

Welcome to NRLlive's summary of the 2009 player and coach movements, allowing fans to keep track of player and coach signings for next season in one convenient location.

This post will be spotlighted and updated in the event of further signings.

UPDATED 04/10: Garret Crossman (Storm) has signed a two year deal with the South Sydney Rabbitohs

UPDATED 03/10: Kane Cleal (Bulldogs) will return to the South Sydney Rabbitohs for 2009 and 2010. Meanwhile the Sydney Roosters have signed utility Jordan Tansey from the Leeds Rhinos on a two year contract. The 22 year old is equally adept at fullback or in the halves.

UPDATED 01/10: The Parramatta Eels have signed hooker Kevin Kingston, who was released from the final year of his contract at the Sharks. The length of the deal is currently unknown.

UPDATED 28/09: Wests Tigers forward Bronson Harrison has signed a three year deal with the Raiders. Ben Jones (Raiders) has retired from the game citing knee injuries. Adam Peek (Sharks) will join the Celtic Crusaders on a one year contract. Rabbitohs centre Yileen Gordon has signed with the Bulldogs for 2009. Cronulla veteran Danny Nutley has announced his retirement from the game.

UPDATED RUMOURS 18/09: Nathan Fien (Warriors) is expected to sign with English Super League club Huddersfield, Nigel Vagana (Rabbitohs) to link with rugby union in either Japan or France, Fui Fui Moi Moi (Eels) to the Bradford Bulls, Martin Gleeson (Warrington Wolves) to either the Raiders or Storm, Wendell Sailor (Dragons) and Todd Payten (Tigers) to join the Celtic Crusaders, Anthony MInichiello (Roosters) has been linked with French rugby union side Stade Francais - the same team that signed Mark Gasnier

Brisbane Broncos
Coach: Wayne Bennett (2008), Ivan Henjak (2009)
Gains: Israel Folau (Storm), Ben Te'o (Tigers - 2009), Lagi Setu (Dragons), Aaron Gorrell (Les Catalans Dragons - 2009)
Losses: Ben Hannant (Bulldogs), Denan Kemp (Warriors), Michael Ennis (Bulldogs), Tonie Carroll (retirement), Joel Moon (Warriors), Shane Perry (ESL - Les Catalans), Rodney Davies (Rugby Union - Queensland Reds), Reece Robinson (released), Darius Boyd (Dragons), Greg Eastwood (ESL - Leeds Rhinos), Jared Kahu (U20s - Cowboys), Troyden Watene (U20s - Cowboys)

Canberra Raiders
Coach: Neil Henry (2008), David Furner (2009)
Gains: Stuart Flanagan (Tigers - 2011), David Shillington (Roosters - 2012), Bronson Harrison (Tigers - 2011)
Losses: William Zillman (Titans), Michael Weyman (Dragons), Ryan Hinchcliffe (Storm), Colin Best (Rabbitohs), Marshall Chalk (ESL - Crusaders), Neville Costigan (Dragons), Todd Carney (ESL - Huddersfield Giants), Lincoln Withers (ESL - Celtic Crusaders), Ben Jones (retirement)

Canterbury Bulldogs
Coach: Steve Folkes (2008), Kevin Moore (2009)
Gains: Josh Morris (Dragons – 2011), Brett Kimmorley (Sharks - 2010), Ben Hannant (Broncos - 2011), Michael Ennis (Broncos - 2011), Michael Hodgson (Titans - 2010), Bryson Goodwin (Sharks), Yileen Gordon (Rabbitohs - 2009)
Losses: Willie Tonga (Cowboys), Corey Hughes (Sharks), Nick Youngquest (Pia - France), Sonny Bill Williams (French Rugby Union - effective immediately), Leon Bott (Manly Rugby Union - effective immediately), Arana Taumata (sacked mid-season), Kane Cleal (Rabbitohs)

Cronulla Sharks
Coach: Ricky Stuart
Gains: Anthony Tupou (Roosters - 2012), Trent Barrett (Wigan - 2010), Corey Hughes (Bulldogs - 2009)
Losses: Isaac De Gois (Knights), Brett Kimmorley (Bulldogs), Bryson Goodwin (Bulldogs), Adam Peek (ESL - Celtic Crusaders), Danny Nutley (Sharks), Kevin Kingston (Eels)

Gold Coast Titans
Coach: John Cartwright
Gains: William Zillman (Raiders - 2012), Sam Tagataese (Storm - 2010), Matt White (Knights - 2009)
Losses: Matt Peterson (mid season). Michael Hodgson (Bulldogs), Josh Lewis (Tigers), James Stosic (released), Kris Kahler (France - Pia Donkeys), Gavin Cooper (Panthers), Luke Swain (ESL - Salford Reds), Clint Amos (Cowboys), Matt Cross (Storm)

Manly Sea Eagles
Coach: Des Hasler
Gains: Chris Bailey (Knights - 2011), Tony Williams (Eels - 2011), Shane Rodney (Panthers - 2012)
Losses: Steven Bell (ESL – Les Catalans), Steven Menzies (ESL - Bradford Bulls), Mark Bryant (ESL - Celtic Crusaders), (Luke Williamson - ESL - London Harlequins)

Melbourne Storm
Coach: Craig Bellamy
Gains: Ryan Hinchcliffe (Raiders - 2010), Matt Cross (Titans - 2010), Arana Taumata (Bulldogs - 2009)
Losses: Israel Folau (Broncos), Sam Tagataese (Titans), Michael Crocker (ESL - Hull FC), Jeremy Smith (Dragons), Antonio Kaufusi (Cowboys), Liam Foran (Warriors), Matt Geyer (retirement), Garret Crossman (Rabbitohs)

Newcastle Knights
Coach: Brian Smith
Gains: Isaac De Gois (Sharks – 2011), Constantine Mika (Warriors - 2010), Ben Rogers (Dragons - 2010)
Losses: Danny Buderus (ESL - Leeds), Chris Bailey (Sea Eagles), Matt White (Titans), Jesse Royal (Kurri Kurri [bush league to spend more time with family])

New Zealand Warriors
Coach: Ivan Cleary
Gains: Denan Kemp (Broncos - 2010), Jacob Lillyman (Cowboys - 2010), Joel Moon (Broncos - 2011), Liam Foran (Storm - 2011)
Losses: Ruben Wiki (Retirement/ESL), Logan Swann (released), Wairangi Koopu (released), Michael Crockett (released), Ryan Shortland (released)

North Queensland Cowboys
Coach: Graham Murray / Ian Millward (2008), Neil Henry (2009)
Gains: Luke Harlen (Tigers - effective immediately), Willie Tonga (Bulldogs - 2012), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs - 2011), Clint Amos (Titans - 2010), Antonio Kaufusi (Storm - 2011), Donald Malone (QLD Cup - Ipswich Jets - 2010), Jared Kahu (U20s - Broncos), Troyden Watene (U20s - Broncos)
Losses: Jacob Lillyman (Warriors), Ray Cashmere (ESL - Salford City Reds), Sione Faumuina (ESL - Castleford Tigers), Mark Henry (ESL - Salford City Reds)

Parramatta Eels
Coach: Michael Hagan
Gains: Kevin Kingston (Sharks)
Losses: Mark Riddell (ESL - Wigan), Tony Williams (Sea Eagles), Chad Robinson (ESL - Harlequins), Daniel Wagon (French Rugby League)

Penrith Panthers
Coach: Matt Elliott
Gains: Gavin Cooper (Gold Coast Titans)
Losses: Tony Puletua (ESL - St Helens), Luke Rooney (French Rugby Union), Luke Priddis (Dragons), Rhys Wesser (Rabbitohs), Shane Rodney (Sea Eagles)

South Sydney Rabbitohs
Coach: Jason Taylor
Gains: Colin Best (Raiders - 2010), Rhys Wesser (Panthers - 2010), Chris McQueen (QLD Cup - Wynnum Manly Seagulls - 2010), Kane Cleal (Bulldogs - 2010), Garret Crossman (Storm - 2010)
Losses: Ben Rogers (Dragons - mid-2008), Eddie Paea (released), Manase Manuokafoa (Cowboys), Dean Widders (ESL - Castleford Tigers), Jeremy Smith (ESL - Salford Reds), Yileen Gordon (Bulldogs)

St George-Illawarra Dragons
Coach: Nathan Brown (2008), Wayne Bennett (2009)
Gains: Michael Weyman (Raiders - 2010), Ben Rogers (Souths - mid-2008), Jeremy Smith (Storm - 2011), Luke Priddis (Panthers - 2010), Neville Costigan (Raiders - 2010), Darius Boyd (Broncos - 2011), Matthew Head (Tigers - 2009), Micky Paea (Roosters - 2009)
Losses: Jason Ryles (ESL - Les Catalans), Josh Morris (Bulldogs), Mark Gasnier (French rugby union), Rangi Chase (ESL - Tigers), Lagi Setu (Broncos), Ben Rogers (Knights), Kirk Reynoldson (retirement), Simon Woolford (retirement)

Sydney Roosters
Coach: Brad Fittler
Gains: Jordan Tansey (ESL - Leeds Rhinos - 2010)
Losses: Anthony Tupou (Sharks), David Shillington (Raiders), MIcky Paea (Dragons)

Wests Tigers
Coach: Tim Sheens
Gains: Gareth Ellis (Leeds - 2011), Daine Laurie (Western Suburbs Magpies [NSW Cup] – 2010), Josh Lewis (Titans - 2009)
Losses: Stuart Flanagan (Raiders), Brett Hodgson (ESL - Huddersfield Giants), Luke Harlen (Cowboys - effective immediately), Ryan O'Hara (ESL - Celtic Crusaders), Ben Te'o (Broncos), Matthew Head (Dragons), Bronson Harrison (Raiders)

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Comment by Anonymous

August 13th 2008 10:13
Neville costigan signed for the dragons

Comment by Anonymous

August 13th 2008 10:13
Neville costigan signed for the dragons

Comment by ethos

August 13th 2008 11:01
Thanks for the comment anonymous.

Interesting to see that Costigan wants to reunite with Bennett even though he was sacked from the Broncos a few years ago.

And apologies about the lack of content on the site in recent times. It's been pretty busy lately for both myself and BroncoKiwi. Hopefully we can get some writing happening over the next week or so!

Comment by Anonymous

August 13th 2008 22:54
no problem mate, its a good site. In terms of rumors i have heard that the Dogs are interested in Darius Boyd and that they are either trying to do an offer with the dragons to give back morris and instead purchase boyd or else take both from the dragons. Have you heard anything about who dragons are considering siging? Also, i hear Lockyer has purchased property in Blakehurst (Sydney) and is looking to link up with the dragons next year as a trainer (i.e. he will retire from the broncos) - i'm not sure how true but it sounds reasonable.

Comment by ethos

August 15th 2008 04:37
I heard that one about Boyd as well but I'm fairly certain that he's going to follow Bennett to the Dragons next season.

As for the Lockyer one, he's been saying in the media he wants to see out his current contract, so I'm going to take his word on that.

Also, watch out for the Broncos to announce the signing of a dummy half in the near future. Not quite sure who it is though..

Comment by Anonymous

August 16th 2008 02:36
rumors-tonie carroll could be going to the dragons, nigel vagan could be going to french rugby or japan

Comment by ethos

August 16th 2008 03:29
Thanks mate. I'll add them to the list.

And if anyone out there comes across any signing news or rumours, please feel free to post it here. I'll try and update the article as soon as I can.

Comment by Anonymous

August 16th 2008 10:11
mark mclinden(london harlequins) signs with Queensland Reds.
Kane Cleal and Chris Armit have signed with the Cronulla Sharks
fui fui to bradford bulls
matt king to bulldogs
kaufusi to join eels, cowboys or raiders
Martin Gleeson to join Raiders or Storm and
Piri Weepu(Rugby) to join knights or titans

Comment by Anonymous

August 16th 2008 10:38
misi taulapapa to french rugby or esl.
Luke Covell to french rugby or esl.
adam macdougall to french rugby.
frank pritchard to join sharks, esl(leeds rhinos) or french rugby.
Sione Faumuina to French rugby or esl.

Comment by ethos

August 16th 2008 23:02
Thanks for those. I'll add some of them in.

Would you happen to have a link to a news article about the signings of Armit and Cleal? I had a quick look around on the internet but I couldn't find anything.

Just want to double check to make sure.

Comment by Anonymous

August 17th 2008 02:51
i read somewhere on a sharks forum and the rugby league 2 forums that armit and cleal have signed with sharks but i dont know if its true though.

Comment by ethos

August 19th 2008 03:12
Cool mate.

I'll put in it the rumours section for the time being until something official pops up.

Comment by Anonymous

August 20th 2008 06:19
rumors- matt head to dragons and todd carney to wigan

Comment by ethos

August 20th 2008 09:02
Thanks for those.

There's almost a signing a day at the moment..

Comment by Anonymous

September 1st 2008 13:11
Kirk Reynoldson - retiring
Luke Williamson - ESL

Comment by ethos

September 1st 2008 22:18

Couldn't find an article about Reynoldson's retirement, but he been released by the Dragons for next year.

Comment by Anonymous

September 2nd 2008 06:40
I was at the Dragons V Warriors game at WIN and Reynoldson said he was starting a personal training business next year during the speeches after the game. He's not playing in the NRL from what he was saying.

Comment by ethos

September 4th 2008 22:25
Thanks for that, I'll change it now.

Comment by Anonymous

September 8th 2008 05:56
Aaron Gorrell has just signed a 1 year contract with the Broncos

Comment by ethos

September 8th 2008 08:40
Thanks mate. Updated now.

It's good to see to a player actually heading to the Broncos, rather than the other way around..

Comment by Jayz

September 8th 2008 09:08
True that

Comment by Jayz

September 8th 2008 09:10
BTW there is a rumour that wendell sailor might join the celtic crusaders next year

Comment by Jayz

September 12th 2008 06:00
Rumour-Todd Payten(Tigers) to Celtic crusaders next year

Really Long Link

Comment by ethos

September 12th 2008 06:03
Thanks for those rumours Jayz. Well spotted.

More players leaving the NRL, it's starting to get a bit tiresome..

And by the way, what are your feelings about this week's match previews? Please feel free to add your thoughts to those as well!

Comment by Jayz

September 12th 2008 23:33
Big Hype going into the match with the dragons and manly. Dragons have got a really good record against them, including at brookvale (Dragons 20-18 Manly This year) I would love to see dragons win but I think Manly are going to fire up on them

Comment by ethos

September 13th 2008 00:39
I've just updated the Saturday night preview article, so please have a read.

I tend to agree with your thoughts on the game, Manly will come out all guns blazing. The Dragons have got the skill though, it'll go right down to the wire I feel.

Comment by losing respect for the game

September 15th 2008 09:51
this is bulls**t why r so many topname players going overseas i am a young man who is losing all respect for the game i once loved as many people i have seen or talked to about why cant the nrl put the salary cap up so players dont feel they have to go there. Its not there fault but i do belive some sort of loyatie is due, even if its not for there club they could at least stay in the countrie and finish there careas here. i no the salary cap is to keep the teams far and which it has been doing, showing especailly in this years comp but i belive thats partly due to all the top name players leaving to overseas clubs. I belive clubs and the NRL should do more to keep players here shawly by now you would have noticed the current system isnt working and i belive most players are not to be blamed on there desicions but in cases like SBW that is a dog act to the game that made him who he is today and to all his teammates and fans [if he ever is game enough to come back to the countrie someone needs to show him what respect is all about], all the young players look up 2 the older ones and when they see them go for the money why shouldnt they. I just think its rediculas how we r losing all the top players what has it got to come to before action is taken or will we soon be left with a competion full of talent like a hair on a monkeys ball. I could sitt here all night carring on how the game will one day be nothing in this countrie but i will leave u with my final thought. is this a big plan from the NRL and the soccer assosiations to tear abart the game and send the fans to such a girls game like soccer i think it verywell couldbe cause thats excatually wats happening.. will someone save the game of true champions before we lose it forever.. what ever happened to loyaltie.

Comment by Jayz

September 15th 2008 20:59
'Loosing respect for the game'
Mate i know how it feels like to have some of the best players in the world leave the NRL competition to go play in the ESL,French Rugby or wateva. Not all players are like this though, look at Greg Inglis, resigned by the Storm on a long term countract. Thats loyalty.Also,we may be losing some of the best players of the world, but we are also gaining some young superstars from the Toyota cup U20s competition. Chris Sandow, a player once in the Toyota Cup, now playing 1st grade for Rabbitohs, who earlier in the season hadn't won a match, until he came along...

Just don't worry about the superstars leaving, they are doing it for their careers. Just look st the shining superstarts coming through from the Toyota Cup

Cheers Mate

Comment by Anonymous

September 16th 2008 00:08
Signings from Really Long Link

Lincoln Withers (Raiders) and Todd Payten (Wests Tigers) to Celtic Crusaders (ESL)
Russel Aitken to French Rugby League
Gareth Carvell (ESL) to Rabbitohs
Simon Woolford (Dragons) is retiring
Matthew Cross (Titans) to Storm
Justin Smith (Cowboys) is retiring
Danny Nutley (Sharks) is retiring

I don't know if there true or not

Comment by noloyaltieanymore

September 16th 2008 04:28
yer jayz you could b rite. we have magnificant stars rising up through the ranks but wats to say they wont leave also who cares if greg inglas has signed a long contract because that doesnt mean if some1 offers him better money overseas he wont take it just like SBW i agree with "losing respect 4 the game" there is no loyaltie no more its all about the money. something needs to happen to keep the stars here. they need to teach the young stars somthing about loyalie. we need less people defending this because all it is doing is letting the nrl think its ok its all crap. all that is happening is the other leages overseas r benifiting from the nrl and all the work they do to build the stars wats the point in continuing if we r just letting quaility players go all to keep the game "fair" . the nrl should b taking more forward steps instead of bakwards while the clubs overseas profit from our stars why cant they build up there on stars instead of buying ours. they have heaps more people than australia but have a bunch of pussys who r scared 4 a little contact and wanna play there soccer. this is crap we r losing our game to the overseas market.

Comment by Jayz

September 16th 2008 10:19
Dragons have signed Micky Paea from the Roosters on a 1 year contract

Simon woolford retiring end of 2008 season

Comment by ethos

September 18th 2008 05:17
Good to see some discussion guys!

Personally, I think the NRL need to introduce salary cap concessions of some sort for long serving players. The likes of Danny Buderus, Brett Hodgson and Steve Menzies have the right to earn one big final paycheck in Australia.

And thanks to all for scouting out some signings. I'll update the article where relevant.

Comment by Anonymous

September 26th 2008 02:27
bronsen harrison to raiders till 2011

Comment by AyoubAVaai

September 26th 2008 22:20
Hell Yeah Darius Boyd Ta Ze Dragons

Comment by Jayz

September 27th 2008 01:12
Yee Dragons Numba 1

Comment by Anonymous

September 29th 2008 01:24
rumors-adam macdougall to japanese rugby union
ruben wiki to celtic crusaders
wairangi koopu to rugby union
rusell aitken to france rugby league

Comment by Anonymous

October 2nd 2008 13:10
kane cleal bulldogs to rabbitohs

Comment by ethos

October 3rd 2008 00:04
Thanks for that anony.

Cosider it updated.

Comment by Anonymous

October 4th 2008 10:59
hi darren lockyer and justin hodges to the roosters

Comment by Anonymous

October 5th 2008 02:28
Hey who are the Tigers signing? any new 1s?

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