Melbourne Storm are exploring options to grant Josh Addo-Carr an early release from his contract on compassionate grounds.

The Storm said last month Addo-Carr, who has a contract that runs until the end of 2021, had reaffirmed his commitment to the team.

However, a change in the former Wests Tigers wing's family circumstances means he is keen to move back to Sydney.

Melbourne CEO Dave Donaghy stated they are looking at ways to let Addo-Carr go following the 2020 season but will be seeking "fair value" through a combination of a transfer fee, a player swap and salary cap relief.

"We believe this would be a fair outcome for all parties given the investment Storm has made in Josh and that we find ourselves on the cusp of the 2020 season," Donaghy wrote in a letter addressed to members.

"Most importantly, it would allow Josh's request to be met and we, and the game, would be able to continue to support him and his family in the transition back to Sydney."

Addo-Carr was linked with a return to the Tigers after they withdrew an offer to Latrell Mitchell.

Wests Tigers five-eighth Josh Reynolds has been charged by New South Wales Police with a domestic violence offence.

The NRL club confirmed the development on Thursday and said Reynolds, 30, "vigorously defends" the charge.

Reynolds is due to appear in court on December 18.

"Both Josh and Wests Tigers has previously alerted the police and NRL on this matter and will continue to work closely with the NRL Integrity Unit and NSW Police as Josh vigorously defends this charge," read a club statement.

"As this is an ongoing legal matter, Wests Tigers will be making no further comment at this time."

Reynolds, a former New South Wales representative, made seven appearances in 2019 after joining the Tigers from the Canterbury Bulldogs the previous year.

His contract runs until the end of the 2021 season.

Wests Tigers are prepared to reignite their interest in Sydney Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell.

The Tigers withdrew an offer for the Australia star last month after the Roosters took a contract offer for the 22-year-old off the table.

Mitchell.did not rule out remaining in Sydney with the premiers but has reportedly been told by the Roosters he will be unable to stay on due to salary-cap restrictions.

Wests chairman Lee Hagipantelis revealed Roosters counterpart Nick Politis has been in touch to notify him of Mitchell's availability.

"We are actively in the market considering a number of options that are available to us and if Latrell is to be one of those options he is more than welcome to reach out to us," Hagipantelis said.

"At the moment I don't think we are under any particular pressure, we have got a really talented and healthy roster, but it is an active player market at the moment and we want to make sure we are a competitor in that market."

He added, quoted on nrl.com: "Nick has been incredibly transparent throughout this process. He has called me chairman to chairman as a professional courtesy, which I am very appreciative of, and kept us informed.

"Nick has not involved himself in any sort of discussions or negotiations or anything of that kind. It was simply as a professional courtesy to inform me of what the Roosters' position was."

Josh Addo-Carr is committed to Melbourne Storm despite reports linking him with a return to Wests Tigers, insists CEO Dave Donaghy.

The Tigers were believed to have turned their attention to the Melbourne wing, who was said to be interested in moving back to Sydney for personal reasons, after pulling out of negotiations with Latrell Mitchell.

However, the NRL minor premiers have stated Addo-Carr will not be going anywhere ahead of the 2020 campaign.

"We don't respond a lot to external noise but given there is quite a bit of commentary at the moment I thought I'd clear that up," Donaghy told the Herald Sun.

"Where the talk is coming from I'm not sure, but I can say hand on heart Josh is committed to Storm as much as we're committed to Josh.

"I can understand and accept at different times two plus two can equal five as opposed to what it actually equals.

"I think it is all part of the theatre, the environment of the industry that we operate in and that's the reality.

"The facts of the matter are Josh's current contract status is he's signed until 2021 and he's reaffirmed his commitment to Storm.

"Not that we were seeking it, we knew that anyway, but he felt he wanted to reaffirm that."

The Storm also confirmed the departures of Brodie Croft and Curtis Scott on Friday.

Croft has joined Brisbane Broncos on a three-year deal, while Scott agreed a four-year contract with 2019 Grand Final runners-up Canberra Raiders.

Wests Tigers have withdrawn their offer for disgruntled Sydney Roosters star Latrell Mitchell, the NRL side revealed on Thursday.

The Tigers were interested in luring Mitchell from NRL champions the Roosters, who pulled their contract offer for the centre earlier this month.

Mitchell – contracted to the Roosters for another season – has also been linked to Canterbury Bulldogs and Gold Coast Titans.

But the 22-year-old Australia international will not be making the move to Wests Tigers as his future remains in limbo.

"We've withdrawn the offer," Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe told foxsports.com.au.

"It's an active market and we have a responsibility to our members, fans and the club.

"We're focused on securing talent but in relation to Latrell, we've moved on."

It comes as the Tigers reportedly set their sights on Melbourne Storm star Josh Addo-Carr.

A Grand Final winner with the Storm in 2017, New South Wales representative Addo-Carr is believed to be eyeing a return home.

The 24-year-old speedster moved to the Storm from the Tigers ahead of the 2017 season.

 

Cronulla Sharks pipped Wests Tigers to the last place in the NRL finals with a 25-8 victory at Leichhardt Oval, denying Robbie Farah a fairy-tale end to his career.

Only an unlikely draw would have sent both teams through to the elimination finals at the expense of Brisbane Broncos, and an electric start to the second half turned the game in favour of the Sharks.

Farah broke his leg just four weeks ago and only made the squad due to an injury to Corey Thompson in the warm-up, but he could not inspire a dramatic turnaround in his final match before retirement.

The Sharks will face Manly Sea Eagles in their elimination final, with the other seeing Parramatta Eels take on the Broncos.

Briton Nikora danced his way past four players to cross for an excellent try, with Shaun Johnson's penalty on the stroke of half-time the difference between the teams after Paul Momirovski kicked two goals.

Josh Morris extended Cronulla's lead five minutes after the restart, the centre pouncing when Esan Marsters failed to keep hold of Johnson's grubber kick.

An excellent offload from Jack Williams preceded Sosaia Feki going over in the left corner and the Sharks wing had his second less than three minutes later by barrelling through Momirovski.

Michael Maguire responded by sending on Farah for his first appearance since his injury and Luke Garner darted through for the Tigers' first try with 19 minutes remaining.

However, they were unable to add to their tally and Cronulla prop Paul Gallen – who will retire at the end of the season – slotted through the first drop goal of his career in the final seconds.

Nathan Cleary scored a club record 34 points as Penrith Panthers finished their season with a 54-10 thrashing of Newcastle Knights.

New South Wales Blues half-back Cleary crossed twice in each half, with Billy Burns bagging a double in just his second NRL appearance.

Brian To'o, Wayde Egan and Moses Leota also got in on the act, with Cleary converting all of Penrith's nine tries in a blistering display that was James Maloney's last outing before moving to Catalans Dragons.

The last spot in the NRL finals will be determined on Sunday when Cronulla Sharks visit Wests Tigers hoping to hang on to a top-eight berth.

Both the Tigers and the Sharks have 24 points each after 23 rounds, but the latter's greater points differential means they are in pole position to reach the finals.

The sixth-placed Parramatta Eels will look to leapfrog Manly Sea Eagles into fifth while Melbourne Storm, already confirmed as the minor premiership champions, will hope to round off the regular season in style when they host the North Queensland Cowboys.

We take a look at the Opta facts for the last round of NRL fixtures.

 

Thursday

South Sydney Rabbitohs (15-8) v Sydney Roosters (17-6)

- Souths are bidding to beat Sydney twice in the regular season for the first time in a decade following their triumph earlier in the campaign.

- Cody Walker (14 tries, 16 try assists) leads the way with the most try involvements in the NRL and Roosters team-mate Latrell Mitchell will also hope to reach the 30 mark, having crossed 18 times and provided 11 assists so far.

Friday

Parramatta Eels (13-10) v Manly Sea Eagles (14-9)

- This fixture has been a one-sided affair in recent years, with the Eels winning their past four home games in a row against the Eagles by an average margin of 19 points per contest.

- Kane Evans will bring up a landmark 100th appearance for Parramatta.

 

Melbourne Storm (19-4) v North Queensland Cowboys (9-14)

- Though Melbourne have won their past nine successive games against the Cowboys, six of those wins have come by a margin of eight points or fewer.

- The Storm have missed just 27 tackles per game in this year's NRL, fewer than any other team in the competition.

Saturday

Canberra Raiders (15-8) v New Zealand Warriors (8-1-14)

- Canberra beat the Warriors 46-12 earlier in the season and have been victorious in five of their previous seven meetings.

- The Warriors have conceded 40-plus points in three of their past five NRL games having done so only once in their previous 35 games. 

 

Canterbury Bulldogs (9-14) v Brisbane Broncos (11-1-11)

- The home team has won the past seven times the Bulldogs have met the Broncos.

- Brisbane players have made 901 tackle breaks this season, 83 more than any other team and 287 more than the Bulldogs.

Gold Coast Titans (4-19) v St George-Illawarra Dragons (7-16)

- Dragons star Gareth Widdop needs just five more points to reach 1,000 in the NRL.

- Each of the past three meetings between these two have been won by the Dragons, who have outscored the Titans 136-52 in that time.

 

Sunday

Wests Tigers (11-12) v Cronulla Sharks (11-12)

- The Sharks are on a five-match winning streak against the Tigers, their longest run of victories against them.

- Benji Marshall is one of just three players to average more than one assist per game having set up 19 tries in 18 appearances.

 

Penrith Panthers (10-13) v Newcastle Knights (10-13)

- Though they have only led in four of their past 10 NRL games against the Knights, the Panthers have won on eight occasions.

- However, Newcastle have scored 12 tries in the opening 10 minutes of NRL games this season, the second-most of any team in the competition (behind the Sydney Roosters).

Aidan Sezer kicked an extra-time field goal as Canberra Raiders completed a brilliant turnaround to beat Cronulla Sharks 15-14 and secure a top-four finish.

On Paul Gallen's final home match of the regular campaign before retirement, his farewell to the Sharks' faithful looked to be going swimmingly when the home side took a 12-0 lead into half-time.

Ronaldo Mulitalo had charged over either side of Jayden Brailey's effort, but Kyle Flanagan – who will sign for the Sydney Roosters ahead of next season – could not add any extras.

Flanagan's profligacy proved costly after the break, with the Raiders mounting a wonderful comeback through Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Nick Cotric before Sezer kicked the first of three field goals to nudge the visitors ahead.

Chad Townsend delivered an immediate response with a field goal of his own two minutes later, and a second in point in quick succession looked to have sealed a vital win in the Sharks' push for a finals place.

But Sezer had other ideas and, after restoring parity in the penultimate minute to force extra time, he completed his hat-trick of field goals to clinch the golden point and ensure the Raiders' place in the top four.

The Sharks' position in the top eight is now under real threat heading into the final game of the regular season, and a showdown to make the finals will take place when they face Wests Tigers next time out.

Paul Momirovski scored a hat-trick in a 42-14 hammering of St George-Illawarra Dragons as the Tigers moved onto 24 points – level with Cronulla.

Momirovski was in inspired form, opening the scoring three minutes in before kicking the first of seven successful conversions.

Luke Garner got in on the act just after the half-hour, with Momirovski helping himself to two tries in quick succession following the interval.

Gareth Widdop pulled one back, but Benji Marshall, Luke Brooks and Elijah Taylor added gloss to a convincing victory which sets up a grandstand finish to the regular season.

High-flying Melbourne Storm look set for a test as they travel to Manly Sea Eagles in the latest round of NRL fixtures.

The Storm sit at the top of the ladder and have a good record at Manly, but the Sea Eagles are fourth themselves and have pushed Melbourne close in previous meetings.

We take a look at that match and more – including a Sydney Cricket Ground double-header – with these Opta facts.

 

Thursday

North Queensland Cowboys (8-14) v Canterbury Bulldogs (9-13)

- The Bulldogs have won four of their past six NRL games against the Cowboys at 1300SMILES Stadium, including a 27-10 victory in their most recent game there.

- Canterbury have conceded 19 penalties for stealing the ball in NRL 2019, more than any other team in the competition.

Friday

New Zealand Warriors (8-1-13) v South Sydney Rabbitohs (14-8)

- The Rabbitohs have won eight of their past nine NRL games against the Warriors, including their last two on the bounce.

- The New Zealand outfit have conceded 40 or more points in a game on four occasions in NRL 2019 – including three times in their past four games – while the last time they did so more in a single season was 2004 (seven times).

Brisbane Broncos (10-1-11) v Parramatta Eels (13-9)

- Each of the past eight NRL games between the Broncos and the Eels at Suncorp Stadium has been won by the team holding the half-time lead on the day, with each side winning four times in that span.

- Mitchell Moses has made 82 kicks in play that have been retained by a team-mate in this NRL campaign, more than any other player in the competition.

Saturday

Newcastle Knights (9-13) v Gold Coast Titans (4-18)

- The Titans have won five of their last seven NRL games against the Newcastle Knights; however, their two defeats in that span have come in their most recent two clashes at McDonald Jones Stadium.

- Gold Coast have been awarded 168 penalties in NRL 2019, more than any other team in the competition and 16 more than the Newcastle Knights.

Manly Sea Eagles (14-8) v Melbourne Storm (18-4)

- The Storm have won four of their past five NRL games against the Sea Eagles at Lottoland; two of those wins coming by a margin of just one point on the day.

- Martin Taupau (350 carries, 620 tackles) is the only player thus far in NRL 2019 to have made 350 carries and 350 tackles.

Sydney Roosters (16-6) v Penrith Panthers (10-12)

- This will be the Panthers' first NRL game at the Sydney Cricket Ground since a 2010 loss to the Wests Tigers; it is a venue where the Roosters have won their past seven NRL games in a row by an average margin of 32 points.

- The Panthers are one of only three teams (also Sea Eagles, Storm) to have had more than one forward start in every one of their 22 games so far this season (James Fisher-Harris, James Tamou).

Sunday

Cronulla Sharks (11-11) v Canberra Raiders (14-8)

- Ten of the past 12 NRL games between the Sharks and the Raiders have been won by the away team on the day.

- Josh Morris has scored seven tries in his past seven NRL games and has a season tally of 13 – his most in a season since 2012 (17).

St George Illawarra Dragons (7-15) v Wests Tigers (10-12)

- The Dragons have won three of their past four NRL games against Wests, as well as having won the only previous meeting between the two teams at the Sydney Cricket Ground (13-12 in 2013).

- St George have made 40 or more tackle breaks in each of their past two NRL games against the Tigers, a mark they have managed to hit just three times so far in NRL 2019.

Benji Marshall says the "harassing" he has been subjected to over his future will not rush him into making a decision over whether to sign a new Wests Tigers deal.

The 34-year-old playmaker is out of contract at the end of the season and is considering whether to extend his stellar career.

New Zealand five-eighth Marshall plans to reveal his plans once the campaign comes to an end. 

"I sort of wanted to wait and let the focus be about making the semis first," Marshall said.

"They're [Wests] harassing me a bit. Well, everyone is, but I just don't want to make the wrong decision.

"My body feels fine; body-wise I probably feel the best I have in years.

"But there's a lot more to it than feeling good. There's no secret. Having a big pre-season under Madge [Tigers head coach Michael Maguire] this year helped me provide a base.

"I'm just getting a bit of trust back in the body that I probably haven't had in a few years. I'm feeling good. I'll make the decision, though, in the next couple of weeks. I don't mind it."

Sydney Roosters remained on course to finish in the NRL top four by beating St George Illawarra Dragons, while Wests Tigers kept their finals hopes alive and dented those of Newcastle Knights.

The second-placed Roosters scored five unanswered tries in the first half at Kogarah Oval on Saturday and did not look back in a 34-12 triumph.

Victory moved them four points clear of Canberra Raiders – who face fifth-placed Manly Sea Eagles on Sunday – and South Sydney Rabbitohs in third and fourth respectively.

Joseph Manu barrelled his way through for the opener and Isaac Liu dabbed down a grubber kick before debutant Billy Smith finished off a fine move in the 15th minute.

Victor Radley and Daniel Tupou got in on the act ahead of half-time, the latter crossing in the left corner following an incredible switch of play from the boot of Cooper Cronk.

James Tedesco added a try of his own to a pair of assists from the first half, with scores from debutant Tristan Sailor – son of former Australia international and Queensland Maroons wing Wendell Sailor – and Luciano Leilua providing scant consolation for the Dragons.

Benji Marshall assisted four tries and David Nofoaluma grabbed his first NRL hat-trick as the Tigers thrashed the Knights 46-4 at Campbelltown Stadium.

Ryan Matterson touched down the opener after Marshall's grubber looped into the in-goal area and Robert Jennings crossed before Esan Marsters went through after a tremendous offload from Corey Thompson.

A brilliant no-look pass from Luke Brooks sent Luke Garner in and Nofoaluma got his first try following a lovely kick to the corner from Marshall, making it 30-0 at the break.

Nofoaluma chased down his own grubber to double his tally and completed his hat-trick after more sensational work from Brooks, with Michael Chee-Kam and Newcastle's Aidan Guerra exchanging scores late on.

The Tigers moved one point away from the playoffs, while the Knights are three adrift in 11th with two games remaining.

elbourne Storm can seal the minor premiership this week as the NRL season heads towards its conclusion.

The Storm are four points clear with three games to play and face bottom side Gold Coast Titans on Sunday.

A win in that game and defeat for Sydney Roosters at St George Illawarra Dragons will see Melbourne clinch top spot, while third-placed Canberra Raiders take on fourth-placed Manly Sea Eagles in a crucial clash between two teams out to ensure they cannot be eliminated in the first round of the Finals.

Here we look at the best Opta facts for this round of fixtures.

Thursday

Parramatta Eels (13-8) v Canterbury Bulldogs (8-13)

- The Bulldogs have made the most offloads (287) of any NRL team this year, 21 more than the Eels (266).

- Mitchell Moses (Parramatta Eels) has made the most try assists (20) of any half-back this season.

Friday

North Queensland Cowboys (7-14) v Penrith Panthers (10-11)

- The Panthers have retained the most kicks (145) of any team, 29 more than the Cowboys (116).

- Michael Morgan has had six try involvements (two tries, four assists) from his last four NRL matches against the Panthers.

Brisbane Broncos (10-1-10) v South Sydney Rabbitohs (13-8)   

- The Broncos have made the most tackle breaks (822) of any team this season, 146 more than the Rabbitohs (676).

- South Sydney are one of two teams – along with the Storm – to have more than one player inside the top 13 for try assists this season (Damien Cook on 22 and Cody Walker on 14).

Saturday

Cronulla Sharks (10-11) v New Zealand Warriors (8-1-12)   

- Six of the last seven NRL games between Cronulla and the Warriors have been decided by a margin of four points or fewer, including a 19-18 win for the New Zealanders in their last meeting.

- The Sharks have won six of their last eight NRL matches on home soil (L2), despite leading at half time only three times in that span.

Wests Tigers (9-12) v Newcastle Knights (9-12)  

- The Knights have scored 37 tries through the middle-third of the field, only the Storm (45) have got more through that corridor this term. 

- Luke Brooks (Tigers) has had eight try involvements (three tries, five try assists) from his last six NRL matches against the Knights. 

St George Illawarra Dragons (7-14) v Sydney Roosters (15-6)   

- The Dragons have made the most tackles per game (369) of any team in NRL this year, 30 more than the Roosters (339).

- The Roosters' trio of James Tedesco (11), Latrell Mitchell (8) and Victor Radley (7) have made the most supported breaks of all players this season.

Sunday

Melbourne Storm (17-4) v Gold Coast Titans (4-17)  

- The Titans have scored the joint-most tries (five, also Manly Sea Eagles) on the zero tackle in a set of any NRL team in 2019.

- Cameron Munster (Storm) has had 10 try involvements (six tries, four assists) from his six NRL matches against the Titans.


Canberra Raiders (14-7) v Manly Sea Eagles (13-8)   

- The Raiders have scored the joint-most tries (21, also the Roosters) in the first 20 minutes of matches of any team this season.

- Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly) has had 12 try involvements (five tries, seven assists) from his last eight NRL matches against Canberra.

Wests Tigers suffered another injury blow as a 32-12 defeat to Manly Sea Eagles dented their hopes of a place in the NRL finals.

First-choice hooker Robbie Farah is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after fracturing his tibia against the Canterbury Bulldogs, and now the Tigers will be without second-choice Jacob Liddle.

Farah's replacement sustained a serious knee injury just six minutes into the Sea Eagles clash on Thursday, and Manly swiftly capitalised on the visitors' misfortune.

Jack Gosiewski got the Sea Eagles up and running in the 19th minute.

David Nofoaluma pulled one back, with Paul Momirovski's conversion restoring parity, but Manly pulled away once more when their second-rower doubled his tally.

Dylan Walker extended Manly's lead prior to the break, while two tries in quick succession from Jorge Taufua and Moses Suli put the home side out of sight - Addin Fonua-Blake adding further gloss following Luke Brooks' consolation.

While the 10th-place Tigers now face an uphill challenge to secure a finals berth, the Sea Eagles are up into fourth, and all but guaranteed a top-eight spot.

The SCG has proven to be a happy hunting ground for Sydney Roosters.

The reigning champions will face a team that has caused them problems though, with New Zealand Warriors their opponents.

Melbourne Storm, six points clear of the Roosters at the top of the table, could potentially wrap up the minor premiership this weekend and they face Canberra Raiders.

We take a look at the key statistics, courtesy of Opta, ahead of round 22.

Thursday

Manly Sea Eagles (12-8) v Wests Tigers (9-11)

- Wests are on a four-game winning streak against Manly, even though they have only led once at half-time across those victories.

- Manly have missed just 27 tackles per game in this season's NRL, the fewest of any team in the competition.

Friday

Gold Coast Titans (4-16) v Parramatta Eels (12-8)

- The Titans have not lost a home game to the Eels since 2014, with each of the past half a dozen matches between the two won by the team hosting the fixture.

- No team has gained more metres per restart than the Eels, who have accrued 12.3m.

Brisbane Broncos (9-1-10) v Penrith Panthers (10-10)

- Brisbane wing Corey Oates has made five successful interceptions in 2019, two more than any other player.

- The Broncos have only suffered only two regular-time defeats to Penrith in their previous 13 meetings.

Saturday

Newcastle Knights (8-12) v North Queensland Cowboys (7-13)

- The Cowboys are on their longest winning streak against the Knights having won four in a row.

- They will need to be mindful of Shaun Kenny-Dowall, though, given he has scored five tries in his past seven NRL appearances.

Melbourne Storm (17-3) v Canberra Raiders (13-7)

- Melbourne will win the minor premiership if they beat Canberra and the Roosters lose to the Warriors on Sunday.

- The Storm have won their last five successive NRL games against the Raiders, conceding an average of just 10 points per match in that span.

South Sydney Rabbitohs (13-7) v Canterbury Bulldogs (7-13)

- Souths are on a four-game winning streak against the Bulldogs, their longest sequence since an eight-match run between 1967 and 1969.

- After scoring a hat-trick for the Rabbitohs last time out, Campbell Graham took his tally to six scores in his previous five appearances.

Sunday

Sydney Roosters (14-6) v New Zealand Warriors (8-1-11)

- The Warriors have lost only three of their past 10 NRL games against the Roosters in New South Wales, yet they have lost nine of their previous 10 contests played on a Sunday.

- Trent Robinson's Roosters have won six on the bounce at the SCG, scoring an average of 40 points per game in that span.

Cronulla Sharks (9-11) v St George-Illawarra Dragons (7-13)

- Only the Raiders (16) have scored more tries from kicks this year than the Sharks (14).

- Cronulla's Shaun Johnson needs 11 more points to reach 1,000 in NRL, a milestone that only six active players have reached.

Robbie Farah's playing career could be at an end after Wests Tigers revealed the veteran hooker fractured his tibia in the NRL defeat against Canterbury Bulldogs on Saturday.

The 35-year-old twisted awkwardly when tackled by Lachlan Lewis in the first half of a 18-16 loss at ANZ Stadium.

Farah is due to retire at the end of the season, so there were immediate concerns he may have played his last game after limping off.

Wests on Sunday confirmed Farah had suffered a fracture and will miss the clash with Manly Sea Eagles on Thursday.

The Tigers, however, stated they will "explore further assessment and options around the hooker's recovery".

They will have just three matches remaining in the regular season after the Manly fixture.

Captain Moses Mbye will be given every chance to prove his fitness for the showdown with Manly after suffering a hip flexor strain in a damaging round-21 encounter with the Bulldogs.

Michael Maguire's side slipped to 10th in the ladder following their defeat to Canterbury.

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