Penrith is aiming for Tex Hoy to replace Tyrone May

Premiers Penrith is ready to make a bid for the exciting young Knights tool Tex Hoy if the bad boy Tyrone May gets fired.

The Panthers are expected to tear up May’s contract this week after he posted offensive comments on social media following the grand finale of a sex scandal he was involved in a few years ago.

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Hoy, 21, is a talented tool that can fill May’s role as No. 14 with his ability to handle multiple backline spots.

And in truth, Hoy probably has more talent and potential than May, so that would be a good move for the Panthers.

Hoy is a free agent for next season, with the Knights having trouble pushing him into their top 30 teams.

Adam O’Brien has plenty of playing options, though Mitchell Pearce is leaving as expected, with Jake Clifford, Adam Clune, Kalyn Ponga, Hoy and Phoenix Crossland all talented ball players.

Boom rookie on radar from several clubs

Half a dozen clubs are chasing the next big thing out of New Zealand – an explosive running half-back called Xavier Tito-Harris.

The youngster is only 17, but good referees say he should play in the NRL next season – the only question is where.

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The talented playmaker is currently under contract with the Warriors and the club have unveiled a new deal to keep him at Auckland for the long term.

But several Australian clubs have also contacted Tito-Harris, and the rookie and his family have some serious considerations to make.

Class playmakers in the NRL are in short supply, and as a result, the club is ready to play on the teenager with big money deals.

Souths picks up rookie five-eighth

The Souths have signed a promising five-eighth from North Queensland, who would have played for Italy if this year’s World Cup had preceded.

Jack Campagnolo, 23, hails from Tully in the far north but caught the Rabbitoh’s eyes when they played for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the Queensland Cup this year.

Campagnolo helped Wynnum to the grand final and was named fifth-eighth in the Cup team of the year.

The playmaker has been signed on a train and trial contract, but will spend the summer with the team in first class and good referees at Souths who are confident they are on their way to a winner.

“We hope he’s a bit of a late bloomer,” Rabbitohs head of Elite Pathways and player development Joe O’Callaghan told Wide World of Sports.

French star could be heading down under

There are strong emails that several NRL clubs are scouting for French Test stopper Paul Séguier.

A 24-year-old no-nonsense forward, Séguier can also play second row and helped the Catalans reach this year’s Super League final.

Séguier played in the Test loss to England a week ago and held out against the tough English crowd.

And which club is leading the way to bring in Séguier by 2023? I hear the Dragons are showing lots of interest.

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