Premiership-winning prop Tim Glasby could be in Newcastle as early as this weekend to hold talks with club officials over his future, just 24 hours after playing for the Storm against the Knights in Melbourne.
On the eve of the clash between the two sides at AAMI Park on Friday night, Knights coach Nathan Brown and football manager Darren Mooney confirmed speculation the club is interested in the Queensland Origin prop,
And Glasby’s manager Allan Gainey told the Newcastle Herald on Wednesday he is exploring all options after the prop knocked back a new three year deal from the Storm.
“Newcastle is definitely on the list with a couple of other clubs who have expressed an interest,”Gainey said.
“We are yet to finalise when he will come up there to meet with Browny and Moons [Mooney] but there’s a good chance it could be this weekend.
“It will just depend on whether we can organise it in time.”
Gainey said Glasby, who turns 29 later this month and has played more than 90 NRL games for Melbourne, is keen to explore other options and would have no qualms leaving the Storm if he has to.
“He has rejected a new three year deal from Melbourne who have basically told us they can’t really move on it because they are trying to get Cameron Smith and [Felise] Kaufusi done,”Gainey said.
“It’s been going on now for two months and Tim just said to me ‘lets see what else is out there’.”
It is understood the Canberra Raiders is one of the other NRL clubs interested in Glasby for next season but have decisions to make over the futures of current forwards Josh Papalii, Shannon Boyd and Junior Paulo.
Glasby made his Origin debut for the Maroons last season, coming off the bench in the final two games of the series, ironically as a replacement for current Knights prop Jacob Lillyman.
He is the third frontrower the Knights have been linked to in the past few weeks.
The club has also confirmed interest in Brisbane tearaway Tevita Pangai Junior while St George Illawarra prop Leeson Ah Mau has already been to Newcastle to meet with Brown and Mooney over his future.