Tyrone Peachey is expected to finalise his future over the next week after fielding two-year offers from Wests Tigers and Canberra.
NRL.com understands the former NSW Origin utility is weighing up his options after negotiations with both clubs, culminating in the Tigers drafting up a contract worth around $400,000 a season.
Neither club has made an official comment on the pursuit for Peachey. The Raiders are understood to have discussed a two-year commitment as well with Peachey worth around $50,000 less a year, though their interest is contingent on several other moving pieces in their roster.
Canberra are still yet to receive formal permission to table an offer to Titans co-captain Jamal Fogarty as his management continues to negotiate an early exit from the Gold Coast.
The Raiders are prepared to offer a two- or three-year contract for Fogarty to move south but are reluctant to entertain suggestions of a transfer fee.
Fogarty's negotiations with Canberra in turn impact when and how they progress talks with Peachey.
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The 30-year-old was released by the Titans last month and wants to have his future sorted sooner rather than later, putting the Tigers in the box seat for his signature.
The Raiders are also poised to complete a two-year upgraded extension for rising No.9 Tom Starling to ensure he stays off the open market come November 1.
Canberra are confident Starling will be retained in the very near future until the end of 2024.
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The move to tie down Starling has been long coming, so too a deserved upgrade after arriving at the club on an initial train and trial deal in 2019.
A continued pursuit of Peachey as a utility/bench forward does however hold implications for veteran Josh Hodgson, who has been linked to an exit from Canberra for much of the year.
Raiders sources say no approach has been made by a rival club about poaching Hodgson for 2022.
Should the Tigers land Peachey's services, he will be the first signing since a tumultuous end-of-season review in which coach Michael Maguire's tenure hinged on a board meeting last month before the club confirmed he would remain at the helm.
The Tigers have the best part of $1.5 million in spare salary cap space for next season, with Peachey an especially attractive option given Adam Doueihi's ACL rupture leaves a void at five-eighth.
Fellow utility Jackson Hastings's return from the UK offers another halves option for Maguire alongside Luke Brooks.
Peachey is understood to have spoken with Maguire after fielding interest from Parramatta as well last month.
The Tigers also confirmed on Monday that assistant coach Shane Millard will move on effective immediately after two seasons on the joint-venture's staff.
At least two positions are now up for grabs alongside Maguire after Wayne Collins also exited at season's end, with returning club patriarch Tim Sheens to return in an expanded football director's role.