Melbourne lock Dale Finucane is experiencing a peak in his popularity as no fewer than six teams are in the contest to take him out of Melbourne for the 2018 NRL season.
Lett the bidding begin and remember to bid early and often.
Of course, as he is moving into his prime and it would seem as though his most impactful seasons are in front of him, he will be seeking to get the best possible combination of annual salary and contract length.
Estimates place his value in the range of $650,000 per season and he is already attracting offers ranging in duration from three to five years, so he will tread the fine line of proving his value in the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership through his performance, whilst hopefully guarding against injuries that could make all discussion moot.
Finucane served his cause well after leaving the Canterbury – Bankstown Bulldogs to play for the Storm in 2015, where he managed to elevate his game to the degree that has NRL team managers lusting to secure his services.
The Wests Tigers should have some money to lavish on Finucane in 2018, as they will have several forwards off-contract. The pursuit of Finucane therefore has career and location implications for Joel Edwards, Ava Seumanufagai and Tim Grant.
At just 25 years of age, Finucane, assuming he can remain intact, would make an excellent base on which to build for some lucky NRL club.