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The Dolphins are reportedly set to make a ‘serious’ contract offer to Dragons young gun Junior Amone.

Wayne Bennett has watched the 20-year-old’s progress this season and the five-eighth has been solid for the Red V.

Now The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio believes the Dolphins are close to playing to lure the playmaker away from Wollongong.

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“They pick up first-year students but I wouldn’t call them superstars,” Riccio said on SEN.

“The Dolphins are in circles and Wayne Bennett has been watching Amone for 12 months.

“I would be surprised if the Dolphins don’t play a serious game to try and get him out of Wollongong.

“Watch this space with one of the best young talents to come out of the Dragons.”

Amone has reportedly been offered a one-year extension to his current contract which ends after the 2023 season.

The Dolphins have so far failed in their attempts to lure a big-name player into the new NRL franchise – missing Kalyn Ponga, Reed Mahoney, Jahrome Hughes and Harry Grant.

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As things stand, the Dolphins have signed a number of quality players but have approached the NRL asking permission to approach the players before November 1, when out-of-contract players can negotiate.

“They’re picking up freshmen, but I wouldn’t call them superstars,” Riccio said.

“The Dolphins are in circles and Wayne Bennett has been watching Amone for 12 months.

“I would be surprised if the Dolphins don’t play a serious game to try and get him out of Wollongong.

“Watch this space with one of the best young talents to come out of the Dragons.”

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SOUTH WATCH FOR COOK IN CLOSURE

The South Sydney Bunnies have decided to avoid another contract standoff with Adam Reynolds with reports they are locking Damien Cook on a long-term deal.

Half-back and club junior Reynolds left Redfern at the end of last season after Souths only offered him a one-year extension. The club’s position angered fans, a mood that only worsened as Reynolds pulled the Broncos back into the top eight while the Souths suffered an inconsistent start to the season.

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Cook is out of contract at the end of 2023. The rise of Rabbitohs youngster Peter Mamouzelos and Cook’s demotion from the Blues from Origin No.9 has cast doubt on his long-term playing future.

The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio, however, said negotiations with Cook began this week.

“We know it’s the Origin period and the representatives’ turn, but in the background it never sleeps, the negotiations and the management of the club list,” Riccio told SEN 1170 Breakfast.

“That’s certainly the case among a number of clubs, let’s start with South Sydney and the big one is Damien Cook.

“Now it’s interesting because we’re seeing discussions about whether Damien Cook is on the decline in the reps arena when it comes to being a starting hooker.

“But in South Sydney they really want to keep him for the long term.”

Riccio has revealed Souths want Cook signed until at least the end of 2025.

“So we are in 2022, at least three more seasons so far,” he said.

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“It takes him up to 34, it’s a significant investment from Souths. The catch will be that Souths and Cook will agree on the financial terms,

“It’s fine to say that they want to offer him a new contract, but will it be at the price asked by Damien Cook?”.

It comes after former Rabbitoh Damien Cook pleaded with South Sydney to lock Cook out.

“They can’t make the same mistake,” Marshall told Triple M in reference to Adam Reynolds.

“I think they have to sign him (Cook).

“He’s an Origin player, he played for Australia.”

Marshall said Mamouzelos’ development would only be accelerated by Cook’s presence.

“There’s time, Pete has time, he’s still developing,” Marshall said.

“Cooky has been there and done it and in the big games he stands his ground.”

“(Mamouzelos) is a good boy, but you have to buy time,” Marshall said.

“Look what Harry Grant must have done behind Cameron Smith, they’re still here and doing great now.

“We’re all so obsessed with all the up-and-coming players who haven’t done anything yet and blocking this and blocking that.

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