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Can this man beat Union? - Australian Rugby league News
Can Souths beat Union? - Thu, 08 Mar 2007 17:47:00 GMT
South Sydney remains the sole Rugby League club in the race to secure the signature of Lote Tuqiri after the Sharks withdrew their interest on Thursday.

Despite media reports that the Sharks had captured one third-party deal worth up to $100,000 and were close to snatching another one, ARU negotiations in the end helped PUSH Tuqiri out of the Shark’s league.

The announcement came a day after it was revealed that Paul Gallen would be staying at Shark Park for another four-years.

“Respectfully, we explained to Les Ross (Tuqiri's manager) that we would withdraw from the race,” Sharks CEO Greg Pierce said

“We were getting a clear message that Lote is still very interested in remaining in rugby union and we are not in a position to compete with them financially.

We have other players Ricky (Stuart) is keen to re-sign, plus the season is about to begin so our energies would be better placed elsewhere.”

The withdrawal of interest from Cronulla, the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Melbourne signals Tuqiri is on the brink of playing out his career in the game they play in heaven.

However Peter Holmes a' Court – known for pulling Rabbits out of a hat when it comes to signing star recruits – should not be dismissed lightly.

Union admittedly is in powerful position to keep Tuqiri in their quarters, having offered a deal worth a reported $2.7 million.

If South Sydney put up a performance like their own Aboriginal Liason Officer, Anthony Mundine did last night, Union can still expect one hell of a fight.

It’s believed South Sydney have enough corporate support to make a competitive offer, possibly a five-year deal.

Sharks coach Ricky Stuart will not be making any further comment on this matter. However it’s expected the media will continue asking questions anyway.

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