NRL News: Rising star wants early release but Tigers won’t budge, Maguire out of Eels mix but Cheika a chance


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 made a speedy recovery from a broken hand to play in last Friday’s heavy defeat to St George Illawarra in Wollongong but is set to be rested this weekend when Wests take on the Gold Coast at Leichhardt Oval.

With halfback Bud Sullivan out with a broken finger, coach Benji Marshall has veteran Aidan Sezer coming back from suspension but no obvious candidate to play at five-eighth with Latu Fainu also sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Cheika a chance at Eels with Madge out of the mix

Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika’s chances of getting the vacant head coaching gig at Parramatta are improving with NSW mentor Michael Maguire ruling himself out to focus on State of Origin duties.

The Eels have started interviewing candidates to replace Brad Arthur, including interim coach Trent Barrett, Storm assistant Jason Ryles and Cronulla deputy Josh Hannay, and CEO Jim Sarantinos told the Sydney Morning Herald that Cheika had a lot of qualities that they valued.

“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.”

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