Foxx and bound: Storm deadline on flyer’s future
Melbourne Storm has placed a deadline on Josh Addo-Carr's stalled bid for an early release.
News Australia understands Storm has told Addo-Carr's new agent, Mario Tartak, and Sydney-based suitors it will "park" the matter until after the finals unless there is a resolution next week.
Storm chief executive Dave Donaghy on Tuesday said the club would not budge from its demand to get a like-for-like replacement for the premiership and representative flyer.
Addo-Carr has again been linked to Wests Tigers, the club he debuted for in 2016, in recent days.
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"We're working really hard to secure Josh a release and receive a player of commensurate talent back in his absence," Donaghy said.
"If we don't get an outcome before our last round match against the Dragons we're just going to park it until after the finals.
"We love Josh, he's been a great contributor to the club, we understand his family circumstances, but we're mindful we built a team with him contracted until the end of 2021.
"We feel our requirement to get a player back for granting his early release is fair and reasonable."
Storm in the off-season agreed to help Addo-Carr get back to Sydney on compassionate grounds as long as a suitable exchange could be done for the "contracted" and "required" winger.
The shock transfer request was put on hold for several months as Addo-Carr engaged a lawyer to end a dispute with his former management group.
Addo-Carr signed with Sydney-based Crown Sports Management last month, allowing contract talks to resume.
But negotiations stalled again in recent days as Melbourne's inquiries for potential replacements fell on deaf ears.
"We have spoken to the club he wants to go to and inquired about a couple of players and they've fobbed us off," Donaghy said.
"It is their prerogative but it's not helpful in trying to achieve an outcome for Josh.
"We understand Josh's desire to get back to Sydney and the reasons for that, we're working with his management to try and secure an outcome that's mutually beneficial.
"We have been really clear and consistent from day one … if we can facilitate an outcome whereby we're no worse off we'll happily provide a release.
"Until that point, he's contracted with Melbourne Storm for 2021 and I think that point has been overlooked somewhat."
Addo-Carr has developed into one of the NRL's best wingers since joining Storm for the 2017 premiership season, with the 25 year-old going on to score 70 tries in 92 matches under Craig Bellamy.