Dragons young gun Tyrell Sloan is reportedly unhappy with his lack of game time and is set to request an immediate release from his contract.
The 20-year-old re-signed with the Red V in January this year, but according to The Daily Telegraph is poised to walk out with two years remaining on his current deal.
Sloan is reportedly unwilling to sit behind Cody Ramsey in the pecking order and a number of rival clubs are monitoring the situation.
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Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins are reportedly lurking with Jamayne Isaako their current option to play at fullback.
Reports suggest the NRL’s newest club is preparing an offer, ready to table a contract to the young gun but have to wait until his release is finalised.
“It’s concerning for St George Illawarra fans that it’s got to this point,” The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio said on SEN 1170 Breakfast.
“It’s no shock because we saw Sloan virtually sidelined this year.
“We saw him appear at the back end of the season playing off the bench (and) it was almost as though head coach Anthony Griffin was trying to keep Sloan happy.
“Sloan will request a formal release from St George Illawarra this week.
“He has two years remaining on his contract and he re-signed in January.”
Dragons coach Anthony Griffin controversially dropped the St George Illawarra junior after only three rounds and his player management is the sticking point in Sloan’s potential departure.
“Sloan wants to play under a coach he believes he can benefit from,” Riccio said.
“The Dolphins have emerged under Wayne Bennett as the primary target.
“The Dolphins already have Jamayne Isaako contracted as a fullback.
“If Sloan was to go there, he would compete with Isaako for that fullback spot.”
Sloan has played 13 NRL games to date after making his debut midway through the 2021 season and was tipped to be the Dragons long-term No.1.
Fox League’s Michael Ennis said he “felt sorry for Tyrell” after he was once again left out of the squad for the club’s Round 22 clash.
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“I feel sorry for Tyrell Sloan, I feel sorry for Dragons fans,” Ennis said on Fox League in the pre-game.
“You only have to go back 12 months ago the Dragons were showing great signs and there was a lot of optimism heading into 2022.
“Sloan was full of confidence and playing brilliant footy at the back end of last year. Jayden Sullivan, we were seeing some exciting things from him but he hasn’t been sighted. We’ve seen Tyrell Sloan come off the bench.”
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Braith Anasta believes there must be more to the story to explain Sloan’s lack of minutes this season.
“There has to be a relationship or communication breakdown to see Tyrell Sloan, who was one of the best coming through for his age group, to go from where he was to then where he’s been lately,” Anasta said.
“It’s tough to watch because you know he’s a hell of a lot better. But obviously there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes there.”