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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Kieran Foran fuels speculation he may turn his back on Parramatta Eels

Brad Walter Kieran Foran's indecision suggests he is seriously considering walking away from the $4.8 million, four-year deal he signed with Parramatta

State of Origin: Retirement revelation is news to NSW Blues captain Paul Gallen

Paul Gallen of the Blues celebrates winning Origin II in Melbourne.

Brad Walter Is Origin III set to be Paul Gallen's representative swansong? His Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan says it is but that was news to the NSW Blues skipper.

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Nothing by halves: Why clubs are still chasing Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans

Direct, and simple:  Kieran Foran.

Brad Walter Of the four playmakers in Friday night's clash between Manly and Souths, Foran is the least likely to prove the matchwinner.

Trent Hodkinson in talks to join Newcastle Knights

Talks:  Canterbury’s Trent Hodkinson is speaking to Newcastle.

Brad Walter Newcastle have emerged as favourites to sign NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson in a move that could pave the way for Kieran Foran to join Canterbury next season if his deal with Parramatta collapses.

NSW Blues forward Josh Jackson to use role of teammate as judiciary defence

Brad Walter With Greg Eastwood having pleaded guilty to a grade one dangerous throw, Josh Jackson is expected to argue that the Kiwis forward contributed to the ugly tackle on Jamie Soward

George and Tom Burgess set to face brother Luke for first time in the NRL

Back-yard stoush: Souths' Tom Burgess is set to come up against brother Luke, who now plays for Manly.

Brad Walter They've played each other in the back yard but the Burgess brothers had always been on the same side in the NRL

Parramatta Eels prepared to let Kieran Foran walk to loosen grip of Brad Arthur

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Brad Walter and Michael Chammas Parramatta's bid to re-negotiate key terms of Kieran Foran's contract signals the beginning of the end for Eels coach Brad Arthur.

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Kieran Foran to spark player merry-go-round if Parramatta Eels deal collapses

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06:  Kieran Foran of the Sea Eagles passes during the round one NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Manly Sea Eagles at Pirtek Stadium on March 6, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Kieran Foran's contract was the main topic of discussion at an Eels board meeting on Monday night at which coach Brad Arthur was given assurances about his immediate future following the sudden...

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State of Origin: NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley faces test over arrest of Michael Jennings

Brad Walter Daley has to decide whether allowing Jennings to play would undermine all the work he has done to change the culture in the NSW team.

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State of Origin: Blake Ferguson set for redemption with NSW Blues

Another chance: An alcohol-fuelled incident cost Blake Ferguson his Origin spot in 2013.

Brad Walter After being penciled in as 18th man for Origin III, Blake Ferguson may replace Roosters teammate Michael Jennings in the centres for NSW if the game II man of the match is stood down.

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Parramatta Eels may wait until the end of season to appoint a CEO

Parramatta chairman Steve Sharp.

Brad Walter After five CEOs in as many years, the Parramatta Eels are in no hurry to find a new one.

James Maloney joins Cronulla Sharks

Pointscoring machine: James Maloney of the Roosters.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney has signed with the Cronulla Sharks on a three-year deal.

State of Origin stars back calls for compulsory mental health checks in the NRL

Taking a stand: Darius Boyd, Cameron Smith, Nate Myles and Johnathan Thurston.

Brad Walter Australian and Queensland stars Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Nate Myles and Darius Boyd sent photos of themselves posing with a sign carrying the slogan "it's time to speak" to support an...

State of Origin: The verbal exchange that highlighted the NSW Blues' winning attitude in game 2

COFFS HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20:  David Klemmer poses after a team photograph for the New South Wales Blues State of Origin team at Novotel Coffs Harbour on May 20, 2015 in Coffs Harbour, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Brad Walter After losing the series opener, NSW coach Laurie Daley and his players vowed never to take a backward step and to push the boundaries as much as the Maroons did in Origin I

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NRL and clubs vow to improve communications after meeting avoids 'World War III'

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  David Smith, the chief executive of the Australian Rugby League Commission looks on during a press conference before game two of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Brad Walter While some clubs are believed to be at odds with the NRL over funding, governance issues and the governing body's financial interest in Newcastle, Gold Coast and Wests Tigers, the meeting was...

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State of Origin: Laurie Daley describes Paul Gallen as 'one of the toughest' NSW Blues of all time

Ripping in: Blues lock Paul Gallen hits the ball up against the Maroons at the MCG.

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley has praised the courage of captain Paul Gallen after the Blues forward ignored the pain of a rib cartilage injury to lead the Blues to a 26-18 win at the MCG in Origin II.

State of Origin: NSW Blues' determination gets the job done in game two against Queensland

Job well done: The Blues celebrate Josh Dugan's second half try at the MCG.

Brad Walter 'Let's get back and start again. We have done nothing yet.'

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Compulsory mental health checks urged to prevent NRL suicides

Tragic: Mosese Fotuaika, who was just 20, committed suicide after suffering an injury playing for Wests Tigers in 2013.

Brad Walter and Beth Newman After six suicides in the past two years, the daughter of a former Origin player has launched a petition calling for the NRL to do more.

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Trent Hodkinson backed to overcome the curse of wearing No.7 for the NSW Blues

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 16:  Trent Hodkinson catches the ball during a New South Wales Blues State of Origin training session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 16, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Since Ricky Stuart played his last Origin game for NSW in 1994, whoever wears the No.7 jersey for the Blues is under immense pressure to lead the team to victory.

Grant Mayer linked with Manly as Barry O'Farrell emerges as Wests Tigers candidate

Leaving: Tigers CEO Grant Mayer.

Brad Walter The NRL CEO merry-go-round is yet to stop, with a third club chief executive poised to leave their post in coming days or weeks

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