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Another club joined the race to sign Broncos teenage monster Selwyn Cobbo, while the Sea Eagles gave a journeyman a career lifeline.

Read on for all the latest transfer whispers.

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COBBO A REQUESTED MAN

The Sea Eagles have joined the race to sign Broncos teenage star Selwyn Cobbo, who will run out of contract at the end of next season.

Cobbo has emerged as one of the best young players in the game this season and is attracting a lot of interest from rival clubs.

The 19-year-old winger dominated the Bunnies last week and will face Manly at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

The winger is considered a long-time Brisbane fullback and has been compared to a youngster Greg Inglis.

Cobbo is making $180,000 this season, but his stellar form has seen his value skyrocket and he will soon be earning over $600,000 a year.

Cobbo is reportedly set to re-sign with the Broncos on a $2 million deal that will keep him at Red Hill through 2025.

It has prompted up to eight clubs to pursue the signing of Cobbo, but Brisbane manager Kevin Walters insists the future full-back is going nowhere.

“We’re hopeful we can keep him here,” Walters said.

“We see Selwyn as a long time player for our club, we like what he brings even at such a young age. He’s played some good football this year which is great for us as a team and great for Broncos fans.

“Selwyn looks good in brown and we intend to keep him here for many years to come.”

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CAREER LIFE LINE

NRL journeyman James Segeyaro has reportedly been offered a lifeline by the Sea Eagles.

The 31-year-old half-model hasn’t appeared as a freshman since 2019 but could be close to an NRL return after receiving a train and trial deal with Des Hasler’s side, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The PNG international impressed for feeder club Manly Blacktown Workers, playing both half-back and hooker to win the $1,000-a-week deal.

Segeyaro could find himself on the field as a freshman as early as Round 11, giving No. 9 Lachlan Croker some much-needed cover.

Clubs can select players outside their top 30 without NRL approval after Round 10, meaning Segeyaro could face the Eels at the CommBank Stadium.

Hasler’s regular halfback Karl Lawton is currently serving a ban for a lifting tackle on Cameron Murray, while Manase Fainu has been ruled out since 2019.

Segeyaro has played for the Panthers, Sharks, Broncos and Cowboys in the past, appearing in the top tier 154 times.

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The thrilling rake spent 20 months on the sidelines after testing positive for a banned substance, which was ingested through a housemate’s blender.

Segeyaro’s 20-month suspension was backdated and he was free to resume his rugby league career in June last year.

According to a statement from the NRL, the court ruled that the 31-year-old “bears a significant amount of responsibility for the positive result, but found that he did not intentionally take the Ligandrol”.

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PANTHERS CAN’T LEAP

Blues star striker Liam Martin has rebuffed Penrith’s first attempt to retain him beyond 2023.

Martin was reportedly offered a deal well below the premiership player’s estimated market value of $750,000.

The Panthers face a salary cap squeeze and if they can’t find the money, Martin will head to the open market.

This means he will be able to negotiate with clubs from November 1 for the 2024 season.

Martin has played 70 NRL games since making his Penrith debut in 2019 and represented NSW in all three Origin games last year.

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