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St George Illawarra have confirmed winger Brett Morris has been offered a more lucrative deal with a rival NRL club, but have denied encouraging him to speak to other clubs to test his market value.
Reports on Tuesday emerged that Morris had requested an early release from his Dragons contract in a bid to join twin brother Josh at the Canterbury Bulldogs.
The deal is believed to be in the region of $600,000 a season – significantly higher than his $450,000 salary at the Dragons.
Reports suggested the Dragons had given Morris permission to test his value in the open market, however in the club denied the claims in a statement on Tuesday.
“Contrary to media speculation, (we) have not offered Brett Morris to other clubs, nor have they suggested that he test his market value external to the Dragons,” the statement read.
“The Dragons today reiterate that the club has been in negotiations for a number of months to extend Brett Morris’ contract at the Dragons.
“Brett Morris signed a contract in 2012 for seasons 2013, 2014 and 2015 and is therefore under contract until the end of next season.
“The club understands that there are no rules that prevent player managers from talking to other clubs about contracted players.
“The Dragons are aware that another club has offered Brett Morris more money than his contract sum at the Dragons for the 2015 season.”
St George appointed Peter Mulholland as director of recruitment and retention to work on the club’s salary cap and roster for the 2015 season.