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NRL: Rabbitohs reignite Jack de Belin pursuit

Dragons NRL forward Jack de Belin
Long-serving Dragons forward Jack de Belin is reportedly drawing interest from rival NRL clubs.

Jack de Belin and the St George Illawarra Dragons have been synonymous for over a decade, but that could change next year with reports that the Rabbitohs are interested in the 33-year-old.

The Papua New Guinea international is in the final year of his $700,000-per-season contract with the Dragons.

However, he has expressed frustration about the uncertainty of his career since the NRL club is yet to table a new contract offer.

“It’s getting to the point now where I’d like to get something finalised and put it behind me,” de Belin said on Wednesday.

De Belin keen to stay in NRL despite overseas interest

According to reports, there have been offers from the Super League for the versatile forward.

De Belin, however, believes he still has much to offer Australian rugby league.

“It’s nice to know there are some options overseas,” he shared.

“But I still feel like I’ve got plenty to give in the NRL and I don’t really want to have to go over there.

“I feel like I’ve got so much to offer and I’m still at a high level here in the NRL.

“As I’ve said, I’ve always wanted to be a one club man and hopefully that can be done and I can play out my career here at the Dragons.”

De Belin might get to stay in the NRL even if the Dragons choose not to renew his contract, as new reports suggest the Rabbitohs want to recruit the 33-year-old.

The Sydney outfit had shown interest in de Belin last month but had to cool down their chase because of salary cap restrictions.

Reports now suggest that they are ready to bring the NRL veteran to the camp next season.

Dragons prepare to take on Roosters as underdogs

De Belin will be looking to set aside his future plans for the time being, as the Dragons have an uphill battle against the Roosters in round 18 of the NRL on Sunday afternoon.

Shane Flanagan’s men received an ANZAC Day hammering the last time the sides met, going down 60-18.

That defeat had a long-lasting impact for the southeastern side, snuffing their early-season momentum.

The Roosters are $1.25 favourites at NRL bookies ahead of the clash at the Allianz Stadium.

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