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The Eels are reportedly in the box seat to keep Dylan Brown, despite the Dolphins’ bid to lure him to Redcliffe for a deal worth about $1 million per season.

Meanwhile, Broncos coach Kevin Walters has responded to reports that the Dolphins were attempting to poach young Brisbane gun center Deine Mariner.

Read on for the latest NRL Transfer Whispers.

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EELS IN BOX SEAT FOR BROWN DESPITE DOLPHINS MEGA OFFER

The Eels are reportedly in the box seat to keep Dylan Brown, despite the Dolphins’ bid to lure him to Redcliffe for a deal worth about $1 million per season.

Dave Riccio of the Daily Telegraph reported on SEN radio that Dolphins recruiting boss Peter O’Sullivan has a close relationship with the Eels playmaker after trying to lure him to the Warriors during his time at the club.

“We see the dolphins coming hard at Dylan Brown,” Riccio told SEN 1170 Breakfast.

“The connection here is Peter O’Sullivan, head of recruiting for the Dolphins.

“He had a huge crack at Dylan Brown when he was with the Warriors just 12 months ago.

“They’re in a relationship…they’ve kept in touch ever since and now O’Sullivan is trying to get the job done to get Brown to the Dolphins.”

However, Riccio believes Brown’s close relationship with Eels coach Brad Arthur could work in Parramatta’s favour, and the Dolphins bid may need to exceed $1 million a year to secure the New Zealand five-eighth’s signature. set.

“It will have to be over $1 million (per season) to get him out of Parramatta,” Riccio said.

“If I’m an Eels fan, I’m still very confident that he will stay.

“Brown and Brad Arthur have a very close relationship, we saw Brown develop this year compared to the season before… we saw his footy evolve.

“I think that will continue to evolve under the consistency of being coached by Brad Arthur.

“I’m pretty sure…I think the Eels are in the box.”

The 22-year-old has scored 24 tries in 82 NRL games for the Eels since making his NRL debut in 2019 and also played five Tests for New Zealand.

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Dylan Brown will weigh offers from the Eels and Dolphins.Source: Getty Images

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WALTERS REACTS TO DOLPHINS FIGHTING BRONCOS GUN

Broncos coach Kevin Walters has responded to reports that the Dolphins attempted to poach young Brisbane gun center Deine Mariner.

The Courier Mail reported that Walters is adamant that Mariner, who is under contract with Red Hill until 2024, will stay with the Broncos for the duration of his contract and hopefully much longer.

“Deine will definitely stay here 100 percent,” Walters told The Courier Mail.

“This is an important year for Deine, he is still young but we expect him to play a bit more first division this year and that will be the plan for him.

“It’s about learning and getting better and I think he has a long future with the Broncos.”

The 19-year-old played two games for the Broncos in his debut season in 2022 and impressed with his limited chances.

The Dolphins reportedly tried to lure Mariner into breaking his contract to join them for their first season, but Mariner’s agent Dixon McIver denied any wrongdoing.

Deine Mariner stays with the Broncos.Source: Getty Images

“The NRL has contacted us, I have fully cooperated,” McIver said of the NRL Integrity Unit’s investigation into the alleged handling of the dolphins.

“I’ve given them a statement about where we stand and that’s why I’m not worried.”

Mariner faces the tough task of breaking into the outside backs at the Broncos, with the likes of Selwyn Cobbo, Corey Oates, Herbie Farnworth and Kotoni Staggs considered ditches, while Reece Walsh will rival Farnworth and Cobbo for the role of fullback.

Options for the Titans’ outside defenders include Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Jamayne Isako, Edrick Lee, Euan Aitken and Oliver Gildart, as well as young forward Valynce Te Whare, Robert Jennings and development player Jack Bostock.

While there is plenty of competition at both clubs, the Dolphins appear to be the safer bet for Mariner to get more playing time in 2023.

However, Walters is adamant in his short- and long-term plans.

“I’m not sure what happened (with the dolphin poaching attempt), but the good thing is he was locked up here,” Walters said.

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