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NRL News: Rising Tigers star wants early release, Ravalawa rant, Cheika an Eels chance, Pangai's Dolphin delay

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10th June, 2024
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Teenage five-eighth Lachlan Galvin is trying to get an early release from his deal at the Wests Tigers with rivals Penrith and the Roosters circling the rising star.

However, the Tigers have refused two requests from his manager to get out of his contract which has another two years left and have offered an upgraded extension in a bid to keep him at the club.

A local junior, the talented playmaker’s rookie season has been one of the few bright spots for Wests who are running last with a 2-10 record and on course for a third straight wooden spoon.

Galvin reportedly asked for a release before he had even made his NRL debut in Round 2 and has again told club officials he wants out recently but CEO Shane Richardson has denied the requests.

“He’s obviously had a long career in coaching and some touch points with rugby league at different stages,” he told the SMH.

“He’s got a lot of experience and he’s obviously put forward his interest. He’d be a very interesting guy to have in the process and brings a point of difference that we’ll explore.

“We’re looking for someone who has had experience in winning programs and can come in and set up a high-performance culture.”


Pangai calls in sick on day one

Dolphins recruit Tevita Pangai-Junior has missed his first day of training with an illness.

The 28-year-old was released by Canterbury in 2023 to try his hand as a professional boxer, but decided to throw in the towel.

Dolphins No. 7 Isaiyah Katoa has backed the big man to deliver at Redcliffe.

“”I have spoken to him twice and I just know he is so grateful for the opportunity to come back to the NRL but also to come to a great club with great coaching staff and great players around him,” Katoa said.

“I know he will take that seriously. I don’t think he is the type of guy to take this opportunity for granted.”

“I am so confident he will be a great addition to our forward pack.”


Olam battling knee injury

Olam was on light duties at Tigers training on Monday as he deals with a lingering knee issue that has plagued him since his days with the Melbourne Storm.

The Papua New Guinea international missed last year’s Pacific Tests to deal with the problem and has been receiving platelet-rich plasma injections to help his recovery.

But that has failed to have the desired effect, with sources close to Olam indicating the injury is beginning to take its toll.

If Olam opts for a clean-out, he could miss six to eight weeks and return for the back end of the Tigers’ season.