What’s in the list of ‘ridiculous’ NRL and AFL transfers

A list of transfer targets for the 2018 season has been released, with several clubs reportedly being linked to the likes of Canberra’s Mitchell Pearce, Western Bulldogs forward Tom Boyd and Melbourne’s James Aish.

While Pearce was not part of the Titans’ initial list, the Titans have been linked with the Brisbane product at various times in recent weeks, with the club now set to make a bid for the 25-year-old in the off-season.

It is understood Pearce, who is contracted to the Titans until the end of the 2019 season, has not officially decided whether he will sign a new deal at the Titans.

But Titans coach Nathan Brown confirmed he was aware of Pearce’s situation, and was in talks with the Titans about a possible transfer.

“We’re still trying to find out exactly where he is,” Brown said.

“I don’t want to give anything away, but we’re in talks at the moment.”

He’s been talking to us, but obviously the Titans are still interested in signing him.

“It’s not an official announcement, but I’m aware of it and we’ll continue to do our due diligence to make sure we get the best deal for him.”

Brown confirmed the club would make an official offer for Pearce, but said he believed it was possible the Titans would wait until after the season before pursuing a potential trade.

“This year we’ll have two big deals to do,” Brown told the club website.

“In the off season we’ll do some trades and there’ll be some big deals in the final two years of the contract.”

Pearce, who has made 26 appearances for the Titans, has also attracted interest from a number of other clubs.

However, Brown has maintained the club will not rush to sign Pearce.

“You’ve got to get the right deal,” Brown added.

“But there’s been lots of offers that have come in for him over the past few weeks and we’ve got a couple of good options that we’ve been able to look at.”

“If we had an offer coming from another club we’d obviously look at that and see what we can do to try and get the deal done.”‌‌