The Cowboys have reportedly emerged as frontrunners to sign Broncos forward Ben Hannant.
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The North Queensland Cowboys have been linked with a late move for off-contract Brisbane Broncos prop Ben Hannant.
The Courier Mail report that the Cowboys have emerged as frontrunners to sign Hannant for next season as the Australia representative fights an uphill battle to remain on the Broncos list.
Hannant has been linked to both St George Illawarra and the Gold Coast Titans in recent weeks, however salary cap constraints mean that a move to the Titans is looking increasingly unlikely.
The 29-year-old is facing a reported $300,000 a-year paycut to remain at Red Hill as the Broncos face salary cap restraints of their own.
As a result, the Cowboys could make a play for Hannant, with the departure of Ashton and Tariq Sims freeing up salary cap room.
Hannant’s manager George Mimis told The Courier Mail that a number of clubs were interesting in signing Hannant, but would not confirm whether the Cowboys had made an offer for the forward.
“There’s a number of options for Ben at the moment,” Mimis told The Courier Mail.
“When coaches chop and change late in the year, rosters do as well, so there’s a couple of openings for Ben.
“We aren’t rushing things at the moment but it’s nice to know Ben has some interest.”