Back in the bad old days, when we had bosses, when one of those bosses told us we were, “free to explore other options,” we always viewed it as an ominous sign, which only grew more ominous when we asked someone where we could find him, only to be told, “He’s out back rummaging around the shed.
The shed is where the axes were kept, so we began our free exploration of other options rather quickly.
That is where NRL players Josh Dugan of the Cronulla Sharks and Josh Reynolds of West Tigers find themselves following the conclusion of the Telstra 2019 NRL Premiership competition.
Both players have time on their contracts, but they have been shopped to clubs in the UK and it would be surprising to see Dugan playing for Cronulla and Reynolds for Wests in 2020.
Wests seem intent on doing some housekeeping, looking for fresh places for Russell Packer and Chris Lawrence.
Wests were within view of the finals for 2019, but they fell agonisingly short, with the eighth spot going to Brisbane, which got in with a significantly worse points differential compared to Wests because of a drawn match with New Zealand.
Name a code where it is possible to obtain a drawn outcome and you will most likely see that drawn match have twisted implications across an entire league.
Since we brought up Brisbane, Patrick Mago is on the market and available for duty in Europe, possibly Super League, as teams such as Wests and Brisbane are hunting for those economical off-season acquisitions that provide some manner of upgrade.
On the other side of the coin, Canberra players Jack Murchie and Sam Williams are on the market, as the Raiders look for someone to plug the six-point gap that cost them the 2019 NRL Grand Final.