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By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad.

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The Dedication, Preface, and Introduction of IPSC Project’ New Book

Ahmed Mousa Jiyad

Norway

My newest book in the Iraq Petroleum Sector Chronicle Project- IPSCP has been released this month; it is volume 4, has a sub-title, Contracts Amendments in the Making and covers the development in 2013 with comparative linkage to previous years.

This contribution comprises to whom the book was dedicated, the “Preface” jointly written by two prominent patriotic and progressive Iraqis and the “Introduction”, which it provides an executive summary of the book.

The recent book is dedicated to all my colleagues with whom I worked, at different capacities, between 1975 and July 1988, on many issues, projects, and missions (inside and outside the country) related to the petroleum sector and the Iraqi economy, particularly at: The Council of Ministers, Ministry of Oil’ headquarter, INOC and SCOP.

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PREFACE

A Guiding Light-tower in the Solitary of a Deserted Path

By

Fuad Al-Amir and Majid Allawi

 We did not have the opportunity to know closely our dear colleague Ahmed Mousa Jiyad until a group comprising many good patriotic oil experts and professionals stood fast confronting the attempt to promulgate a disastrous oil law in 2007, and we have not been able to meet until now. However, a bond of mutual respect, understanding and continuous contact and communication developed between us while we three follow-up and engage in the national discourse on variety of economic and oil issues.

The most intensive contact and important cooperation between us occurred when Iraq National Oil Company-INOC Law “smuggled” in the last days of the parliament’s term on March 14, 2018, and the dubious approval of the President of the Republic was granted after only eleven days on March 25, 2018.

Two days after that approval, dear brother Ahmed Mousa Jiyad, wrote and circulate a “direct appeal against the Iraqi National Oil Company Law” to the Federal High Court, on March 27. He provided detailed analysis showing where INOC Law violates the Constitution and shows that the President’s endorsement of it is a violation of his basic duty, according to Article 67, to protect and ensure compliance with the Constitution.

Ahmed’ initiative was a source of motivation, mobilization, and awareness on how the seriousness of the negative consequences that law could have on the existence of Iraq; as an entity and a state and could transform all oil-producing and non-oil-producing provinces into mini-states, resembling KR’ “mini-state,” fighting over resources, provincial borders, transit rights and fees, and even over water. Under a state that would be governed by a company, which owns all Iraq’s hydrocarbon, and its resources are managed by an appointed, unelected administration.

His memorandum galvanised efforts and assembled much wider support, was the basis for subsequent moves to crystallize and formalise our position and course of action, immediately after INOC Law was published on the Official Gazette, Al-Waqaai Al-Iraqiya.

Our communication continuous after the law was published, and in light of consultations with him, we decided to file an appeal case before the Federal High Court, challenging the premises of law; because the “public” appeal that Ahmed had previously submitted and circulated widely did not meet the legal procedural requirements for filing a case in terms of powers of attorney, legal representation, and other formalities, which may require many months of direct presence and attendance. His residency, work and commitments outside Iraq prevented him from be in Baghdad for the required period.

However, the most important role in that lawsuit was what Ahmed had played in the accurate formulation of all the articles of the lawsuit list, and the statement on the constitutional articles that were violated by the articles of the National Oil Company Law, in an in-depth legal formulation. The lawsuit statement was completely drafted by him, with the exception of the introductions and formalities necessary to be followed and adhered to in such lawsuit regulations. And he continued to follow up on every session during the course of the lawsuit, which was resulted in a decision by the Federal High Court accepting appeals almost all main articles that were appealed against; certainly, the thorough and well-articulated views on the constitutional and legal appeals that he formulated had the decisive role in accepting those appeals and “demolishing” the miserable INOC Law.

What should be highlighted is the depth, objectivity and diversity of his studies and interventions: he addressed and condemned the positions of successive, collusive governments regarding KRG’   unconstitutional control of oil operations in Iraqi Kurdistan region. Also, his analysis of the State annual budgets, as he wrote on 2019 budget, condemn the “Policy of extortion and negativity of acquiescence”, and asserting any payment from the federal government to KRG not only violates state budget law, but also indicates government failure in protecting the national interests. He addressed and uncovered corruption and irregularities in the work of Ministry of Electricity and how the Minister contract with “himself”. He conducted and published serious, in-depth and valuable series of economic studies regarding many projects and suggested agreements such as Basra-Aqaba Pipeline, Agreement with TotalEnergies, the SIIP with ExxonMobil, …, and many more studies and positions on different issues of petroleum policy, contracts, refineries, development of border joint-oilfields among other topics.

Ustath [Professor] Ahmed Mousa Jiyad is an extension and outcome of a generation of patriotic and progressive experts who carried the concerns of Iraq and its oil issues on their shoulders after the fall of the glorious July 1958 Revolution, after it dared to launch the battle for the  liberation of the national oil wealth by enacting Law No. 80 of 1961; the hostile forces mobilized all evil efforts to bring it down.

Great symbols prominent Iraqi experts and intellectuals have taken up the leadership of the oil battle, led by the deceased of Iraq, the great stature Dr. Mohammad Salman Hassan with his lecture that he delivered at the Economists Association and issued a pamphlet entitled “Towards the Nationalization of Iraqi Oil”, in which he presented the idea of the gradual nationalization of Iraqi oil. There is another pioneering work presented by Dr. Ibrahim Allawi in his book “Iraqi Oil and National Liberation” in 1967, which has become a reference for every follower of oil issues.

Dear brother Ahmed lived through that generation after his graduation in 1967, and he was among the elite of the progressive youth who gathered around Dr. Mohammad Salman Hassan and coordinate their movements and intellectual activity under that glorious banner.

Now, Ahmed, with exceptional qualities, represents and resembles an extension of all those who preceded him. He has enriched his first academic specialization as a graduate of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science with several specialized academic studies in the most prestigious international, UK and US, universities with a diploma in planning, a master’s in development and a master’s in law and diplomacy.

Moreover, he enriched the oil library with a series of volumes/books entitled Iraq Petroleum Sector Chronicle-IPSC Project, this fourth volume covers the year 2013. Ahmed’ research and publications, particularly IPSC Project, provide the most important documentary reference for Iraqi oil issues.

All that, in addition to his long experience as an employee, chief expert, and negotiator at the Ministry of Oil, INOC, Council of Ministers and Ministry of Trade, explain the depth and width of his analytical approach. Therefore, his treatment of all raised oil issues was distinguished by methodology, professionalism, objectivity, and accurate scientific approach; a spirit of the researcher and analyst of technical, legal and financial factors, economic feasibility, and possible alternatives to the subject he deals with, away from convulsions or constructive and polemical phrases or tendencies.

We mention this to testify how exceptional this unique talent is. And in the highly complex and volatile global conditions in the oil industries and policies, the failure of the competent state agencies, starting with the prime minister, not to benefit from his experiences and consultations is a grave loss and national negligence for which an apology is not sufficient.

He is the sparkling continuity of all generations of Iraqi experts and intellectuals who left and are leaving their marks and giving to their country and to future generations and he becomes a guiding beacon in the solitary of a deserted path.

Baghdad

March 2023

INTRODUCTION

Iraq Petroleum Sector Chronicle Project, Progressing

This fourth book/volume is, mainly, about the development in Iraqi petroleum sector during 2013, but also, it provides the needed continuity by covering the development in previous years that were addressed in the first three volumes in this series of books on Iraq Petroleum Sector Chronicle-IPSC Project.

There is a separate note in this volume outlining IPSC Project, which is one fruition of many decades of constant meticulous research, consultation, documentation, follow up and direct involvement efforts, and of more than six decades since my formal association and engagement with the Ministry of Oil.

The first three volumes/books were published by Lambert Academic PublishingLAP, this fourth volume is too.

All books have the same main title, Iraq Petroleum Sector Chronicle but with different subtitles, reflecting the major themes that dominate the debate in that particular year/period covered by the related volume.

The first IPSC book has a subtitle, “Grand Opening for Big Push Strategy” and covers the development in the upstream petroleum in Iraq prior to 2011. The subtitle reflects the mood, sentiments, actions, and views that prevailed then both inside and outside the country, expecting Iraq to be a game changer in the international petroleum scene. That was premised on the concluded service contracts pursuant to the bid rounds, particularly the first and the second. The book/volume was published in October 2021 and my dear colleague Tariq Shafiq wrote the Preface.

Signs of powerful restraints and constraints began to emerge and thoughts for revisions were contemplated during 2011. Hence, the subtitle for the second volume reflects that dramatic shift from high expectations originally formulated after concluding the above-mentioned contracts; it was, “A Game Changer, No More”. The volume was published in May 2022 and its Preface was written by my dear colleague Dr. Walid Khadduri.

The third book covers 2012, with subtitle “Reality Seldom Coincides with Expectations”; it is in fact a logical continuation or extrapolation of the subtitle for the previous volume. The third book contains many new additions and improvements, especially regarding data and statistics covered in part four. My colleague and twice Minister of Oil, Thamir Al-Ghadhban enriched volume three of the book by writing its Preface.

The current volume comprises the usual four parts, in addition to Preface, Introduction, a brief note on IPSC Project, Table of contents and Abbreviations.

Following the established structure of the previous volumes, Part One contains a selection of my own essays and research work published in 2013. Each of my “Essays…” has its own methodology, structure, assumptions, analysis, discussion and consulted references; information on each essay was provide, when and where it was published and the web-link to access it, if that is permissible by the related websites. This part contains 11 essays.

Part Two of the book comprises views of and positions taken by some selected well-known Iraqi oil professionals, senior government officials and others aiming at presenting a balance of wide spectrum of different, and sometimes opposing, views positions and affiliations; these are presented in a form of own articles, interviews, keynote statements or any other form.

The selected items reflect the richness and diversity of opinion that shaped the discourse among Iraqis at that time and, consequently, enriched the value of this book. Official views, expressed, through detailed interviews and statements, by senior government officials and decision makers reflect the political vision and economic aspiration of the dominant political parties, groups, religious/ politicized individuals and different associations and gatherings of professionals, notably oil experts and professionals inside and outside the country.

This part includes also other articles written or interviews given by non-Iraqi oil professionals, articles, abstracts and extracts from reports, studies and books written or done by international entities, consulting/legal firms, and authors, among others; they were included due to their relevance to Iraq upstream petroleum. There are 22 items in this part two.

Part three, provides much wider global views on the development of the Iraqi petroleum sector, comprises outside foreign and international standpoints and contributions to the debate about Iraq’s petroleum and its prospect; a large number of items compiled from many and different external sources includes reports, studies, articles, and media reporting among others, most if not all, were written by non-Iraqis.

This part adds the third perspective of the book; how the outside world looked to Iraqi petroleum matters, what was their preoccupation, how did they understand or fail to understand, analyse, debate the issues, and foresee the implications. Some items provide data and information that are not made available by Iraqi entities through formal channels and thus becomes important source for such information. In total, this part comprises 59 items.

In this volume, Part Four exhibits noticeable addition and improvements, with production of many charts, tables, and introduction of trendlines and regression equations. Data and statistics are vital material evidence and essential for understanding and assessing progress or otherwise in different aspects in petroleum sector.

The part has eight main sections with many sub-sections, 47 tables and 27 charts.

This part provides rather detailed data and analysis not only for 2013 but also covers previous years whenever possible and data are available. A brief review of quantitative and statistical indicators regarding the eight topics are provided hereunder.

This fourth book covers the development of the sector during 2013. It has the subtitle, Contracts Amendments in the Making; the most impacting action and financially rewarding to IOCs.

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Mr Jiyad is an independent development consultant, scholar and Associate with the former Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES), London. He was formerly a senior economist with the Iraq National Oil Company and Iraq’s Ministry of Oil, Chief Expert for the Council of Ministers, Director at the Ministry of Trade, and International Specialist with UN organizations in Uganda, Sudan and Jordan. He is now based in Norway (Email: mou-jiya(at)online.no, Skype ID: Ahmed Mousa Jiyad). Read more of Mr Jiyad’s biography here.

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ANALYSIS: Souths send message with Panthers win – now let’s play it all over again in October

It was third time lucky. Three times with the game on the line, Souths sent their play the ball to the right tramline, three times they hit left with men in motion and on the last of them, they made it.

Twice it had been Nathan Cleary who made the spectacular, Sattleresque – son not father – tackle, but he was left despairing in his dive at Isaiah Tass. 20-18 was the final score.

Make no mistake: these are the best two teams in the NRL. If we don’t see this again in the first weekend of October, one of the other 15 will have put on a mammoth effort.

It was a game of excellent quality, with both sides throwing all they had in attack and being met by everything the other had in defence.

Stephen Crichton, who scored three tries and all the Panthers’ points, did not deserve to be on the losing side. Neither did Cleary, who was battered and bruised but came up with what looked like the winning play twice.

Until Latrell Mitchell intervened, at least. And Cam Murray, Lachlan Ilias, Cody Walker and Alex Johnston, who proved that the famous Souths left edge can do it against the very best, with the game on the line, when it matters most.

Mitchell was worth two tries in a typically heroic showing. It’ll be lost in the rundown from the hour of footy that followed, but his offload that created Souths’ first try was as good a piece of individual daring as you’ll see. Manly had criticised. Not anymore.

Cast your mind back three weeks and Trell Mit was coming in for plenty of fire. Since then, he’s scored six in three, including a hat trick against the Dogs in his 150th and a domineering display tonight.

It’s all well and good having a system that you trust, but it helps having a character who can impose himself on the best team in the league like this.

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It’s a game in which both sides go home happy. Ivan Cleary will be miffed that, for the fourth time this year, his side lost a close one, but proud that they never, ever go away.

Jason Demetriou would have been proud of the performance regardless of the result, but Souths are sick to death of being valiant losers against Penrith. Now, they’re not.

Souths make a statement

Souths came into this game with a serious plan. They go about the business of grinding differently: where Penrith generate their metres from their backline and save the forwards for tackling, Souths tend to favour their big men in the middle.

Dutifully, they picked a three and a half forwards on the bench – Jed Cartwright has been known to moonlight at centre – and got about winning the middle.

Prior to their opener, it wasn’t necessarily working, with the Panthers gradually winning an extended, near-20 minute long grind, but Souths were constantly trying to throw things at the defence to see what worked. 

There were early kicks from both Walker and Ilias that disrupted the rhythm. There was a clear desire to get to their points, even from deep, and put plays on. They were never playing merely to complete sets, but complete they did.

Eventually it paid off. Latrell’s pass that won the field position was the kind that no other player even tries, and likely, that no other team empowers their player to try. Once Souths got to where they wanted to be, they struck immediately through Damien Cook.

It’s not good enough to just try and outgrind Penrith. They’re too good at it and will beat you. Even on their worst day, as Newcastle found out last week.

You absolutely cannot switch off against Penrith. Souths were well on top, ending the first half with Campbell Graham held a yard from the Panthers line. It’s exactly where they would want to be with 60 seconds to play.

Yet this team doesn’t stop. Souths’ defence got them to 39 minutes in front, but for the third time in a row, they went to the sheds level thanks to a Panthers try just before the break. 

By the end, though, it was the Bunnies on top. Penrith kept on going to the end because they always do, but the confidence in Souths to keep trying to play their football – not panicking, but playing the way they always do – was the difference.

With six minutes on the clock, Murray turned down an easy two points and chose to run it. They didn’t score. The mentality of doing that, when all logic would suggest edging ahead, was still there at the end. Souths could have tried to set up a two point field goal shot. Instead, they played to their points, put on their move and got a try.

Souths’ defence the difference

The question that the Bunnies have faced in their lengthy losing streak against the Panthers has always been about their defence. Nobody doubts that the Bunnies can look good in attack, but Penrith are the league’s standard in defence and have been able to stay in it long enough to win in the end.

Tonight, that was different. Souths endured a now-traditional wobble either side of the break and went 13 minutes completely inside their own half, with the Panthers enjoying six sets’ worth of good ball. They came away with nothing.

The Panthers, as mentioned, don’t stop. They conceded a try of their own, but never deviated from their plan and just built and built pressure. South Sydney, still, kept them at bay, but eventually gave themselves too much to do and conceded.

Then, they conceded again through a slightly fortunate bounce that gave Crichton his hat trick. Penrith are relentless and played relentlessly.

On another day, however, the Bunnies would have crumbled. Plenty enough pressure came and there was more than enough reason for it all to go wrong.

It’s times like this that clubs build systems for. Penrith know theirs and won’t deviate because of this or anything. That’s why they’ll be there at the end. Everyone knew Souths had an attack, but tonight showed that they have a defence too.

Tito v Stretch

Normally, the most hyped battle will be two intimidating props bashing going mano-a-mano or two masterful halfbacks leading their sides around.

Tonight, however, the best two players on the field went straight up against each other with Campbell Graham and Sunia Turuva.

It was guaranteed that they would both get plenty of traffic, too. Turuva has fielded almost every kick that Panthers have received all season, partly because he’s new and everyone wants to test him out but also because nobody wants the ball to land on Brian To’o or Dylan Edwards. They might start to think again: 150m with eight tackle breaks will do that.

Graham doesn’t get the kicks, but it’s guaranteed that Taane Milne does given his history of dropping bombs, particularly those kicked by Nathan Cleary.

The centre is the lynchpin of Souths’ backline carries and invariably takes the tough carry after Milne has had the ball dropped on him a great height.

There were plenty of tough, tough runs to be taken and there can be few outside backs in the NRL who so consistently find their front and, usually, carry a few with them. He made 125m with the ball, and almost half of them were post-contact. That tells you plenty about the sort of runs Graham was taking.

It didn’t end well for Turuva, however. He was limping badly at the end after turning badly on an ankle.



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ANALYSIS: Backline dominance delivers Knights win, despite another valiant Warriors showing as injuries kick in

Newcastle’s strong start to the year continued with a deserved 34-24 win over the Warriors in another thrilling clash at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Though the Knights ran out easy winners in the second half, this was far from a foregone conclusion. The Kiwis showed the fight that has become their trademark and had the difference within four points with 20 to play before a mounting injury toll caught up with them.

Both sides suffered: Te Maire Martin was taken off with a suspected broken leg and Wayde Egan left early after a head knock, reducing the visitors to a two-man bench rotation, while Newcastle will sweat on hooker Jayden Brailey after what appeared to be a knee injury.

It was another pulsating fixture, with attack dominant over defence on a fast, dry track in Newcastle. The hosts were missing star man Kalyn Ponga and his replacement at five eighth, Tyson Gamble, but understudy Phoenix Crossland stood up in both attack and defence, while their impressive backline always threatened.

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The Warriors were also depleted, lacking captain Tohu Harris, but more than played their part. Shaun Johnson, their best all year, was excellent again and got plenty of support from Charnze Niholl-Klokstad from fullback. In the end, it wasn’t enough, but one suspects that Andrew Webster will take more positives than negatives from this performance.

“I did feel a bit of deja vu,” he said. “I was saying to myself if we win this one I don’t know if I will be celebrating as hard this week.

“I’m a bit frustrated with how its happening. We’re good at sticking to the plan when we’re behind. You could be coaching worse teams, the boys never give up.”

Are the Knights actually good?

If there’s a set of fans anywhere in the world who deserve to see a good footy team, it’s Newcastle fans.

There’s certainly a feeling around the place at the moment that the good times are, if not back again, then looking a little more likely to return than previously.

It’s been a rough trot, some of which was their own doing but also plenty that was not. Last year, for example, they had to worst injuries of anyone for most of the year and rarely had anything close to their best on the park.

“I’m sick to death of talking about last year, and I am the one to constantly do it,” said coach Adam O’Brien.

“I’m going to stop doing it. It’s a different group, new season, new players, new staff, everything’s different. We’re having a crack, but there is still plenty for us to get better at.

“But certainly if we’re going to compete at the back end of the year we have to get better at stuff too.”

There seems to have been a serious rethink in the off-season, and not just the much-vaunted move of Kalyn Ponga to the halves. 

It’s all been about the backfield. The signing of Greg Marzhew has been something of a master stroke, because he replicates what they already had on the other edge in Don Young. Chuck in another great pickup, Lachie Miller, and you have a reborn back three that excels in yardage.

Sure, there’s errors there too, but in terms of what was available short term and what they can produce right now, it looks like great business.

Last year, they were fourth for back five metre percentage, the amount of their yardage that was generated solely by backs, so it is clearly what they were attempting to do last year as well, but that was with a much weaker five than they have now. 

Miller is third among fullbacks in the NRL and Dane Gagai second among centres, plus they’re getting production out of Young, Marzhew and a fit Bradman Best.

Tonight, their metre ranking was topped by four backs, including both centres, which indicates the way that they are trying to go about things. It’s likely limited by talent elsewhere, but in terms of year-on-year improvement, there’s plenty of it.

When you see blokes like Phoenix Crossland, Mat Croker and Leo Thompson – who probably wouldn’t play first grade at other clubs – playing as well as this, it speaks to a system that appears to be working.

When you see a chase like that to run down Edward Kosi in the first half – with Tyson Frizell, a veteran backrower, leading it – it speaks to a playing group that has absolutely bought in.

The draw has been somewhat kind thus far and gets tougher in the coming three weeks, but there’s plenty to like about the Knights thus far, and they were great value for a win tonight.

Sure, the defence is still not what it could be. Sure, they lack a bit of finish at times in good ball. But the building blocks are there.

Nobody is asking them to win the comp, and those long-suffering fans in the Hunter will know that this is about getting better rather than being the best. The Knights are certainly getting better.

The Johnsonaissance is real

Shaun Johnson has been exceptional of late, warming hearts left right and centre.

Last week he picked the team up on his shoulders and delivered them to an emotional victory over the Sharks, and tonight he backed it up even when the result didn’t come.

The Warriors captain was worth plenty in attack tonight, but even more as a controller. Where he made his name as a spark plug, this year he has morphed into a sensible old head with kicking and game management skills to go with the finesse.

On a night where a lot went wrong for the Warriors, Johnson kept them in the game long after they had any right to be there. Moreover, he’s been doing it consistently week to week. 

This has generally been the thing with Johnson, particularly in his later years. There have been flashes over the last few seasons that there was something in there still, which made it all the more frustrating that we got to see it so infrequently.

It didn’t help that he was often in a beaten team, or playing at less than full fitness, or not playing at all – he managed ten appearances in 2021 and 16 in 2020.

One thinks of the narrow victory over the Cowboys last year, when Johnson was excellent, or the games at home to the Tigers and Bulldogs late in the season, or the loss to Souths at Magic Round. 

The difference was that they were four games out of 21 played, and spread fairly evenly across the year. One game in five was great, but that’s not enough.

This year, it’s been consistently good. Halfbacks are, more than any other position, dependent on the players around them to be able to execute their role, so perhaps it is the successes in other areas of the team that are helping Johnson along.

Given that he was a mercurial player even at his mid-2010s peak, there might be something to be said for a settled environment and a positive atmosphere too after years away from home.

The biggest factor, in all likelihood, is probably Webster. The Warriors coach knows that the bulk of his side is young and beaten down by time away from home and two years of defeats.

They need a veteran player, one who plenty of this side would have grown up idolising, with leadership qualities and the proverbial first yard in the head. 

At the moment, they’re getting that, and the Warriors are reaping the benefits.



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NRL Transfer Centre: Yeo inks new deal, Moses rejects Tigers, Titans shuffle backs, Sharks snare rising Rooster

Isaah Yeo has extended his contract with Penrith, ensuring the premiers will have their two co-captains locked away until the end of 2027.

Yeo’s deal, which was announced on Monday, ensures he and star halfback Nathan Cleary will be at the helm of the Panthers for the next five seasons.

Yeo has spearheaded the Panthers’ recent dual-premiership success and has risen to become the starting lock for the NSW Blues and the Australian Test side.

The 28-year-old, who will play his 200th NRL game against Canberra on Friday, now looks set to break the club’s all-time appearance record held by Steve Carter (243 games).

Eels star Mitchell Moses silenced critics who think he is not worth a mega deal by booting the match-winning field goal in extra time to sink Penrith just hours after agreeing to a massive contract extension.

The 28-year-old halfback agreed to a five-year Eels deal worth a reported $6 million just hours before the 17-16 golden-point triumph over the Panthers at CommBank Stadium on Thursday night.

Moses had been offered a lucrative sum to return to the Wests Tigers but he will continue Parramatta’s search for their first premiership since 1986.

Experienced winger Ken Maumalo has signed with Gold Coast through 2025 after being granted an immediate release from the remainder of his Wests Tigers NRL deal.

The 2019 Dally M winger of the year had been contracted with the Tigers until the end of 2023 but did not feature at first-grade level in the first three rounds of the season.

The arrival of ex-Penrith winger Charlie Staines forced the 28-year-old further down the pecking order under new coach Tim Sheens, who did not recall the New Zealand international even after dropping winger David Nofoaluma for Friday night’s clash with Melbourne.

Maumalo helps replenish a Titans backline that lost Greg Marzhew, Esan Marsters and Jamayne Isaako in the off-season and he will compete with the likes of Jojo Fifita and Alofiana Khan-Pereira for a spot on the wing.

The Kiwi international is unlikely to be the only incoming on the Gold Coast: coach Justin Holbrook is thought to be close to landing the signature of English hooker Kruise Leeming.

Leeming is in demand from several clubs after his release from Leeds Rhinos earlier in the week. He had captained the club to the Super League Grand Final last year but was deemed a poor fit for coach Rohan Smith’s system and allowed to pursue other options. A deal until the end of the season is on the cards.

Gold Coast had released outside back Patrick Herbert earlier in the day.

Elsewhere, Cronulla have signed young prop Tuku Hau Tapuha on an immediate switch from the Roosters after they nabbed veteran forward Nathan Brown from Parramatta.

The 2022 Maori All Star has made three NRL appearances but will be a Shark until the end of 2024.

Manly have re-signed young winger Christian Tuipulotu until the end of 2025. The 22-year-old had already been contracted until the end of next season but his contract has been extended in a show of faith from new coach Anthony Seibold.

“One of the things I like about CT is he is a really coachable guy who works really hard on his game,” Seibold said. “I feel like he is only going to continue to get better over the next couple of years.”

Warriors winger Edward Kosi has also extended his stay in Auckland until the end of ’25.

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NRL Transfer Centre

Team by team, here’s how each club’s roster is shaping up. PO denotes player option, CO club option and MO mutual option.

Brisbane Broncos

Adam Reynolds 2023 2024  
Billy Walters 2023 2024  
Blake Mozer 2023 2024 2025
Brendan Piakura 2023 2024  
Corey Jensen 2023    
Corey Oates 2023 PO PO
Cory Paix 2023 2024  2025
Deine Mariner 2023 2024  
Delouise Hoeter 2023 2024  
Ethan Quai 2023    
Ezra Mam 2023 2024  
Herbie Farnworth 2023    
Jesse Arthars 2023    
Jock Madden 2023 2024  
Jordan Pereira 2023    
Jordan Riki 2023 2024  
Keenan Palasia 2023    
Kobe Hetherington 2023 2024 2025
Kotoni Staggs 2023 2024 2025
Kurt Capewell 2023 2024  
Logan Bayliss 2023    
Martin Taupau 2023
Patrick Carrigan 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Payne Haas 2023 2024  
Reece Walsh 2023 2024 2025
Selwyn Cobbo 2023 2024 2025
TC Robati Released  
Thomas Flegler 2023    
Xavier Willison 2023 2024  2025

2023 recruits

Reece Walsh (Warriors), Jesse Arthars (via loan deal with Warriors), Jock Madden (Tigers), Martin Taupau (Sea Eagles).

2023 departures

Brenko Lee (Dolphins), David Mead (retired), Te Maire Martin (Warriors), Tyson Gamble (Knights), Rhys Kennedy (Hull KR), Ryan James, Tyrone Roberts (retired), Zac Hosking (Panthers), Jake Turpin (Roosters), Albert Kelly (unsigned), Tesi Niu (Dolphins), Karl Oloapu (Bulldogs)

2024 departures

Herbie Farnworth (Dolphins)

Canberra Raiders

Adrian Trevilyan 2023          
Albert Hopoate 2023          
Ata Mariota 2023 2024        
Brad Schneider 2023          
Brandon Morkos Dev. 2024        
Clay Webb 2023          
Corey Horsburgh 2023 2024 MO      
Corey Harawira-Naera 2023 2024 2025 PO    
Danny Levi 2023 2024
Ethan Strange Dev. 2024 2025      
Elliott Whitehead 2023 2024        
Emre Guler 2023          
Harley Smith-Shields 2023          
Hudson Young 2023 2024        
Jack Wighton 2023 PO        
Jamal Fogarty 2023 2024        
James Schiller 2023 2024        
Jarrod Croker 2023 PO        
Jordan Rapana 2023          
Joseph Tapine 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 PO
Josh Papalii 2023 2024 MO      
Matthew Frawley 2023          
Matthew Timoko 2023 2024 2025      
Nik Cotric 2023 2024        
Peter Hola 2023 MO        
Sebastian Kris 2023 2024        
Semi Valemei 2023 2024        
Tom Starling 2023 PO        
Trey Mooney 2023 2024        
Xavier Savage 2023 2024 2025      
Zachary Woolford 2023 2024        
Zane Dunford Dev. Dev. 2025  

2023 recruits

Pasami Saulo (Knights), Danny Levi (Huddersfield).

2023 departures

Sam Williams (retired), Josh Hodgson (Eels), Ryan Sutton (Bulldogs), Adam Elliott (Knights), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Warriors), Harry Rushton (Huddersfield).

Canterbury Bulldogs

Andrew Davey 2023 2024    
Bailey Biondi-Odo 2023      
Braidon Burns 2023      
Brandon Clarke 2023      
Christopher Patolo 2023      
Corey Waddell 2023      
Declan Casey 2023      
Franklin Pele 2023 2024    
Hayze Perham 2023 2024    
Isaac Matalavea-Booth Dev. 2024 2025  
Iverson Matai Dev. 2024    
Jackson Topine 2023 2024    
Jacob Kiraz 2023 2024    
Jacob Preston 2023 2024    
Jake Averillo 2023      
Jayden Okunbor 2023      
Jeral Skelton 2023 2024    
Jordan Samrani Dev. 2024 2025  
Josh Addo-Carr 2023 2024 2025  
Josh Reynolds 2023
Karl Oloapau 2023 2024 2025 2026
Kyle Flanagan 2023      
Luke Thompson 2023      
Matt Burton 2023 2024 2025  2026 
Max King 2023 2024    
Paul Alamoti 2023 2024    
Raymond Faitala-Mariner 2023 2024 2025  
Reed Mahoney 2023 2024 2025 2026
Ryan Sutton 2023 2024 2025  
Samuel Hughes 2023      
Stephen Crichton 2024 2025 2026 2027
Tevita Pangai Junior 2023 2024    
Viliame Kikau 2023 2024 2025 2026

2023 recruits

Viliame Kikau (Panthers), Ryan Sutton (Raiders), Reed Mahoney (Eels), Andrew Davey (Sea Eagles), Franklin Pele (Sharks), Hayze Perham (Eels), Karl Oloapu (Broncos)

2023 departures

Jack Hetherington (Knights), Jeremy Marshall-King (Dolphins), Paul Vaughan (Warrington), Matt Dufty (Warrington), Josh Jackson (retired), Aaron Schoupp (Titans), Matt Doorey (Eels), Joe Stimson (Titans), Aaron Schoupp (Titans), Ava Seumanufagai (released), Josh Cook, (unsigned), Reece Hoffman (unsigned) Tui Katoa, (unsigned) Brandon Wakeham, (unsigned), Corey Allan (Roosters).

2024 recruits

Stephen Crichton (Panthers)

Cronulla Sharks

Blayke Brailey 2023 2024 2025 2026
Braden Hamlin-Uele 2023 2024    
Braydon Trindall 2023 2024 2025  
Briton Nikora 2023 2024 2025  
Cameron McInnes 2023 2024 2024  
Connor Tracey 2023 2024    
Dale Finucane 2023 2024 2025  
Jack Williams 2023 2024    
Jayden Berrell 2023      
Jesse Colquhoun 2023 2024    
Jesse Ramien 2023      
Kade Dykes 2023 2024    
Kayal Iro Dev. 2024    
Matthew Ikuvalu 2023      
Matthew Moylan 2023 2024    
Mawene Hiroti 2023      
Nicho Hynes 2023 2024    
Oregon Kaufusi 2023 2024 MO  
Ronaldo Mulitalo 2023 2024 2025  
Royce Hunt 2023 PO    
Sione Katoa 2023      
Siosifa Talakai 2023  2024  2024  2026
Siteni Taukamo 2023 2024    
Teig Wilton 2023      
Thomas Hazelton 2023 2024 CO  
Toby Rudolf 2023 2024    
Tuku Hau Tapuha 2023 2024
Wade Graham 2023      
William Kennedy 2023      

2023 recruits

Oregon Kaufusi (Eels), Tuku Hau Tapuha (Roosters).

2023 departures

Luke Metcalf (Warriors), Aiden Tolman, Andrew Fifita (retired), Franklin Pele (Bulldogs), Lachlan Miller (Knights).

The Dolphins

Anthony Milford 2023 2024  
Brenko Lee 2023 2024  
Connelly Lemuelu 2023 2024  
Edrick Lee 2023 2024  
Euan Aitken 2023 2024  
Felise Kaufusi 2023 2024 2025
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2023 2024  
Harrison Graham Dev. 2024 2025
Herbie Farnworth 2024 2025 2026
Thomas Flegler 2024 2025 2026
Herman Ese’ese 2023 PO  
Isaiya Katoa 2023 2024 2025
Jack Bostock Dev. 2024 2025
Jamayne Isaako 2023 2024 2025
Jarrod Wallace 2023 2024  
Jeremy Marshall-King 2023 2024  
Jesse Bromwich 2023 2024  
JJ Collins 2023    
Kenneath Bromwich 2023 2024 2025
Kodi Nikorima 2023 2024  
Mark Nicholls 2023 2024  
Mason Teague 2023 2024 MO
Oliver Gildart 2023    
Poasa Faamausili 2023    
Ray Stone 2023 2024  
Robert Jennings 2023 2024 MO
Sean O’Sullivan 2023 2024 2025
Thomas Gilbert 2023 2024 2025
Tesi Niu 2023
Valynce Te Whare 2023 2024  

2024 recruits

Herbie Farnworth (Dolphins).

Gold Coast Titans

Aaron Schoupp 2023 2024 2025  
AJ Brimson 2023 2024 2025 2026
Alofi’ana Khan-Pereira 2023      
Beau Fermor 2023 2024 2025 2026
Brian Kelly 2023      
David Fifita 2023 2024  2025  2026 
Erin Clark 2023 2024 2025  
Chris Randall 2023      
Isaac Liu 2023 2024    
Iszac Fa’asuamaleaui Dev. 2024 2025  
Jacob Alick 2023 CO    
Jaimin Jollife 2023 2024    
Jayden Campbell 2023 2024    
Joe Stimson 2023 2024    
Jojo Fifita 2023 2024 2025  
Joseph Vuna 2023      
Josiah Pahulu Dev. 2024 2025  
Ken Maumalo 2023 2024
Kieran Foran 2023 2024    
Klese Haas 2023 2024    
Moeaki Fotuaika 2023 2024    
Paul Turner 2023      
Phillip Sami 2023 2024    
Sam McIntyre 2023      
Sam Verrills 2023 2024    
Tanah Boyd 2023 2024    
Thomas Weaver 2023 2024    
Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 2023 2024 MO MO
Toby Sexton 2023 2024  
 

2023 recruits

Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles), Sam Verrills (Roosters), Joe Stimson, Aaron Schoupp (Bulldogs), Chris Randall (Knights), Ken Maumalo (Tigers).

2023 departures

Jarrod Wallace (Dolphins), Jamayne Isaako (Dolphins), Will Smith (released), Kevin Proctor (released), Corey Thompson (retired), Sam Lisone (Leeds), Herman Ese’ese (Dolphins), Esan Marsters (Huddersfield), Greg Marzhew (Knights), Patrick Herbert (released).

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Alec Tu’itavake 2023        
Ben Trbojevic 2023        
Ben Condon 2023 2024 2025    
Brad Parker 2023        
Christian Tuipulotu 2023 2024 2025    
Cooper Johns 2023        
Daly Cherry-Evans 2023 2024 2025    
Ethan Bullemor 2023        
Haumole Olakau’atu 2023 2024 2025    
Jake Trbojevic 2023 2024 2025 2026  
Jason Saab 2023 2024 2025 2026  
Josh Aloiai 2023        
Josh Schuster 2023 2024      
Kaeo Weekes 2023        
Karl Lawton 2023 2024      
Kelma Tuilagi 2023 2024 2025    
Lachlan Croker 2023 2024      
Morgan Boyle 2023        
Morgan Harper 2023        
Raymond Vaega 2023        
Reuben Garrick 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
Sean Keppie 2023 2024 2025 2026  
Taniela Paseka 2023 2024      
Tom Trbojevic 2023 2024 2025 2026  
Toafofoa Sipley 2023        
Tolutau Koula 2023 2024      
Viliami Fifita 2023 2024      
Zac Fulton 2023 2024      

2023 recruits

Kelma Tuilagi (Wests Tigers), Ben Condon (Cowboys), Cooper Johns (Storm).

2023 departures

Kieran Foran (Titans), Dylan Walker (Warriors), Andrew Davey (Bulldogs), Martin Taupau (Broncos), Kurt De Luis (unsigned).

Melbourne Storm

Aaron Pene 2023 2024      
Alec MacDonald 2023 2024 2025    
Cameron Munster 2023  2024 2025 2026 2027
Christian Welch 2023 2024 2025 MO  
Dean Ieremia 2023        
Eliesa Katoa 2023 2024      
George Jennings 2023        
Harry Grant 2023 2024 2025 PO  
Jack Howarth 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jahrome Hughes 2023 2024 2025 2026 202
Jayden Nikorima 2023        
Joe Chan 2023 2024 MO    
Jonah Pezet 2023        
Jordan Grant 2023        
 Josh King 2023 2024  2025     
Justin Olam 2023 2024 2025 2026  
Marion Seve 2023 2024      
Nelson Asofa-Solomona 2023        
Nick Meaney 2023 2024      
Reimis Smith 2023 2024      
Ryan Papenhuyzen 2023 2024 2025    
Tariq Sims 2023        
Tepai Moeroa 2023        
Tom Eisenhuth 2023 CO      
Trent Loiero 2023 2024 2025    
Tui Kamikamica 2023        
Tyran Wishart 2023        
William Warbrick 2023        
Xavier Coates 2023 2024 2025 2026

2023 recruits

Eliesa Katoa (Warriors), Tariq Sims (Dragons), Joe Chan (Catalans), Aaron Pene (Warriors).

2023 departures

Felise Kaufusi (Dolphins), Brandon Smith (Roosters), Jesse Bromwich (Dolphins), Kenny Bromwich (Dolphins), David Nofoaluma (Wests Tigers, returning from loan), Cooper Johns (Sea Eagles) Chris Lewis (unsigned).

Newcastle Knights

Adam Elliott 2023 2024 2025    
Adam Clune 2023        
Bailey Hodgson 2023        
Bradman Best 2023 2024      
Brodie Jones 2023        
Greg Marzhew 2023        
Dane Gagai 2023 2024      
Daniel Saifiti 2023 2024 2025 2026  
Dominic Young 2023        
Dylan Lucas 2023 PO      
Enari Tuala 2023        
Hymel Hunt 2023        
Jack Johns 2023        
Jack Hetherington 2023 2024 2025    
Jacob Saifiti 2023 2024      
Jackson Hastings 2023 2024 2025    
Jayden Brailey 2023 2024 2025    
Kalyn Ponga 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
Krystian Mapapalangi 2023 2024      
Kurt Mann 2023        
Lachlan Fitzgibbon 2023        
Leo Thompson 2023 2024 2025    
Mathew Croker 2023 2024      
Phoenix Crossland 2023 2024      
Simi Sasagi 2023 2024      
Tyson Gamble 2023 2024      
Tyson Frizell

Lachlan Miller

2023

2023

2024 

2025 

2023 recruits

Adam Elliott (Raiders), Jack Hetherington (Bulldogs), Tyson Gamble (Broncos), Jackson Hastings (Tigers), Greg Marzhew (Titans), Lachlan Miller (Sharks).

2023 departures

Mitchell Barnett (Warriors), Edrick Lee (Dolphins), Jirah Momoisea (Eels), Tex Hoy (Hull FC), Anthony Milford (Dolphins), Sauaso Sue (Hull KR), Pasami Saulo (Raiders), Jake Clifford (Hull FC), David Klemmer (Knights), Brayden Musgrove (unsigned), Chris Randall (Titans).

2024 departures

Dominic Young (Roosters)

NZ Warriors

Adam Pompey 2023      
Addin Fonua-Blake 2023 2024 2025 2026
Bayley Sironen 2023      
Braydon Wiliame 2023 2024    
Bunty Afoa 2023 2024  2025   
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2023 2024 2025  
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2023 2024    
Dylan Walker 2023 2024 2025  
Edward Kosi 2023      
Freddy Lussick 2023 2024    
Jackson Ford 2023 2024    
Jazz Tevaga 2023 2024    
Josh Curran 2023 2024    
Luke Metcalf 2023 2024    
Marata Niukore 2023 2024 2025 2026
Marcelo Montoya 2023      
Mitchell Barnett 2023 2024 2025  
Otukinekina Kepu 2023 2024    
Rocco Berry 2023 2024    
Ronald Volkman 2023 2024 2025  
Shaun Johnson 2023      
Taniela Otukolo 2023      
Te Maire Martin 2023 2024 2025  
Tohu Harris 2023 2024    
Tom Ale 2023 2024  2025  
Valingi Kepu 2023 2024    
Viliami Vailea 2023 2024 2025  
Wayde Egan 2023 2024    

2023 recruits

Marata Niukore (Eels), Luke Metcalf (Sharks), Dylan Walker (Sea Eagles), Mitchell Barnett (Knights), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Raiders), Te Maire Martin (Broncos), Jackson Ford (Dragons), Braydon Wiliame (Perpignan).

2023 departures

Euan Aitken (Dolphins), Reece Walsh (Broncos), Eliesa Katoa (Storm), Jack Murchie (Eels), Aaron Pene (Storm), Daejarn Asi (unsigned), Pride Petterson-Robati (unsigned) Iliesa Ratuva, (unsigned)

North Queensland Cowboys

Ben Hampton 2023        
Brendan Elliot 2023        
Chad Townsend 2023 2024      
Coen Hess 2023 2024      
Gehamat Shibasaki 2023        
Griffin Neame 2023 2024 2025    
Helium Luki 2023 2024 PO    
Jeremiah Nanai 2023 2024 2025 2026  2027
Jack Gosiewski 2023        
Jake Bourke 2023        
Jake Granville 2023        
Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 2023        
James Tamou 2023        
Jason Taumalolo 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jordan McLean 2023        
Jordan Lipp 2023        
Kyle Feldt 2023 2024      
Laitia Moceidreke 2023        
Luciano Leilua 2023 2024 2025    
Mitch Dunn 2023        
Murray Taulagi 2023 2024 2025 2026  
Peta Hiku 2023        
Reece Robson 2023 2024 2025    
Reuben Cotter 2023 2024 2025    
Riley Price 2023        
Scott Drinkwater 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
Taniela Sadrugu 2023        
Thomas Dearden 2023 2024      
Tom Chester 2023 2024      
Valentine Holmes 2023 2024 2025  

2023 recruits

Jack Gosiewski (Dragons), James Tamou (Tigers), Gehamat Shibasaki (Mackay Cutters).

2023 departures

Connelly Lemuelu, Tom Gilbert, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (Dolphins), Ben Condon (Sea Eagles), Kane Bradley (unsigned) Emry Pere (unsigned).

Parramatta Eels

Bailey Simonsson 2023 CO    
Bryce Cartwright 2023      
Clint Gutherson 2023 2024 2025  
Dylan Brown 2023 2024 2025  PO
Haze Dunster 2023 2024 MO  
Jack Murchie 2023 2024    
Jakob Arthur 2023 2024    
Jirah Momoisea 2023 2024    
J’maine Hopgood 2023 2024    
Josh Hodgson 2023 CO    
Junior Paulo 2023 2024 2025 2026
Ky Rodwell 2023 2024    
Maika Sivo 2023 2024 2025   
Makahesi Makatoa 2023 2024    
Matt Doorey 2023 2024    
Mitchell Moses 2023 2024 2025  2026  2027 2028
Mitch Rein 2023      
Ofahiki Ogden 2023 CO    
Reagan Campbell-Gillard 2023 2024 2025  
Ryan Matterson 2023 2024 2025 PO
Samuel Loizou 2023      
Sean Russell 2023 2024    
Shaun Lane 2023 2025 2025 MO
Uinitoni Mataele Dev. 2024 2025  
Waqa Blake 2023      
Will Penisini 2023 2024 2025   
Wiremu Greig 2023    

2023 recruits

Josh Hodgson (Raiders), J’maine Hopgood (Panthers), Jirah Momoisea (Knights), Jack Murchie (Warriors), Matt Doorey (Bulldogs).

2023 departures

Marata Niukore (Warriors), Isaiah Papali’i (Wests Tigers), Oregon Kaufusi (Sharks), Ray Stone (Dolphins), Tom Opacic (Hull KR), Reed Mahoney (Bulldogs), Hayze Perham (Bulldogs), Solomone Naiduki (unsigned), David Hollis (released).

Penrith Panthers

Ativalu Lisati Dev. 2024      
Brian To’o 2023        
Chris Smith 2023        
Dylan Edwards 2023 2024      
Eddie Blacker 2023        
Isaah Yeo 2023 2024 2025  2026  2027 
Izack Tago 2023 2024 2025    
Jack Cogger 2023        
James Fisher-Harris 2023 2024 2025 2026  
Jarome Luai 2023  2024      
Liam Henry Dev. 2024      
Liam Martin 2023 2024      
Lindsay Smith 2023 2024      
Luke Garner 2023 2024      
Matt Eisenhuth 2023 2024      
Mitch Kenny 2023 2024      
Moses Leota 2023 2024      
Nathan Cleary 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
Scott Sorensen 2023        
Soni Luke 2023        
Spencer Leniu 2023        
Stephen Crichton 2023         
Sunia Turuva 2023 2024      
Taylan May 2023 2024      
Thomas Jenkins 2023        
Tyrone Peachey 2023        
Zac Hosking 2023 2024  

2023 recruits

Tyrone Peachey, (Wests Tigers), Luke Garner (Wests Tigers), Zac Hosking (Broncos), Jack Cogger (Huddersfield).

2023 departures

Charlie Staines (Wests Tigers), Api Koroisau (Wests Tigers), Isaiya Katoa (Dolphins), Robert Jennings (Dolphins), J’maine Hopgood (Eels), Sean O’Sullivan (Dolphins), Viliame Kikau (Bulldogs), Christian Crichton (unsigned), Jaeman Salmon (unsigned).

2024 departures

Stephen Crichton (Bulldogs)

St George Illawarra Dragons

Aaron Woods 2023      
Ben Hunt 2023 2024 2025  
Blake Lawrie 2023 2024 2025 2026  
Cody Ramsey 2023 2024    
Francis Molo 2023 2024    
Jack De Belin 2023 PO    
Jack Bird 2023 2024 MO  
Jacob Liddle 2023      
Jaiyden Hunt 2023 2024    
Jayden Sullivan 2023 2024 2025  
Jaydn Su’A 2023 2024    
Josh Kerr 2023      
Mathew Feagai 2023 2024    
Max Feagai 2023 2024    
Michael Molo 2023 MO    
Mikaele Ravalawa 2023 PO    
Moses Mbye 2023      
Moses Suli 2023 2024    
Nick Lui Toso 2023      
Talatau Amone 2023 2024    
Tautau Moga 2023      
Tyrell Fuimaono 2023      
Tyrell Sloan 2023 2024    
Billy Burns 2023      
Zac Lomax 2023 2024 2025 2026
Zane Musgrove 2023 2024  

2023 recruits

Jacob Liddle (Tigers), Zane Musgrove (Tigers), Nick Lui Toso (Northern Pride), Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warriors).

2023 departures

Tariq Sims (Storm), Josh McGuire (Warrington), Jackson Ford (Warriors), Poasa Faamausili (Dolphins), George Burgess (released), Jack Gosiewski (Cowboys), Andrew McCullough (retired).

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Alex Johnston 2023 2024 2025
Benjamin Lovett 2023 2024  
Blake Taaffe 2023    
Cameron Murray 2023 2024 2025
Campbell Graham 2023 2024  
Cody Walker 2023  2024 2025
Damien Cook 2023 2024  2025 
Daniel Suluka-Fifita 2023 2024 2025
Davvy Moale 2023 2024 2025
Dean Hawkins 2023    
Hame Sele 2023    
Isaiah Taas 2023 2024  
Izaac Thompson 2023 2024  
Jacob Host 2023    
Jai Arrow 2023 2024  
Jed Cartwright 2023    
Josiah Karapani 2023 2024  
Keaon Koloamatangi 2023 2024  
Lachlan Ilias 2023 2024 2025
Latrell Mitchell 2023 2024 2025
Leon Te Hau 2023 2024  
Liam Knight 2023    
Michael Chee Kam 2023    
Peter Mamouzelos 2023 2024  
Shaquai Mitchell 2023 2024  
Siliva Havili 2023    
Taane Milne 2023 2024  
Tallis Duncan Dev. 2024 2025
Terrell Kalo Kalo 2023    
Tevita Tatola 2023 2024  
Thomas Burgess 2023 2024  
Tyrone Munro Dev. 2024 2025

2023 recruits

Nil.

2023 departures

Mark Nicholls (Dolphins), Kodi Nikorima (Dolphins), Jaxson Paulo (Roosters), Josh Mansour (unsigned).

Sydney Roosters

Corey Allan 2023
Angus Crichton 2023 2024    
Brandon Smith 2023 2024 PO  
Billy Smith 2023      
Connor Watson 2023      
Daniel Tupou 2023      
Dominic Young 2024 2025 2026 2027
Drew Hutchison 2023      
Egan Butcher 2023 2024  2025   
Fletcher Baker 2023      
Jake Turpin 2023      
James Tedesco 2023 2024  2025  
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 2023      
Jaxson Paulo 2023 PO    
Joseph Manu 2023 2024    
Joseph Suaalii 2023 PO    
Joshua Wong 2023 2024    
Lindsay Collins 2023  2024 2025 2026
Luke Keary 2023 2024    
Matt Lodge 2023
Nathan Brown 2023
Naufau Whyte 2023 2024    
Nat Butcher 2023 2024    
Nathan Brown 2023
Paul Momirovski 2023 2024    
Renouf Atoni 2023      
Robert Toia 2023 2024 2025  
Sam Walker 2023 2024 2025  
Sitili Tupouniua 2023 2024    
Terrell May 2023 2024    
Victor Radley 2023  2024  2025 2026

2023 recruits

Brandon Smith (Storm), Jake Turpin (Broncos), Jaxson Paulo (Rabbitohs), Corey Allan (Bulldogs), Nathan Brown (Eels).

2023 departures

Sam Verrills (Titans), Siosiua Taukeiaho (Catalans Dragons), Daniel Suluka-Fifita (Rabbitohs), Oliver Gildart (Dolphins via Wests Tigers – after loan stint) Kevin Naiqama (Huddersfield), Adam Keighran (Catalans), Tuku Hau Tapuha (Sharks).

2024 recruits

Dominic Young (Knights)

Wests Tigers

Adam Doueihi 2023 2024     
Alex Twal 2023 2024    
Alex Seyfarth 2023      
Apisai Koroisau 2023 2024 MO  
Apisalome Saukuru 2023      
Asu Kepaoa 2023 2024    
Brandon Tumeth 2023 2024 PO  
Brandon Wakeham 2023
Brent Naden 2023 2024 2025  
Charlie Staines 2023      
Daine Laurie 2023      
David Klemmer 2023 2024 2025 MO
David Nofoaluma 2023 2024 2025  
Fonua Pole 2023 2024 2025  
Isaiah Papali’i 2023 2024 2025  
Jake Simpkin 2023 2024    
Joe Ofahengaue 2023 2024 2025  
John Bateman 2023 2024 2025 2026
Josh Feledy Dev. 2024 2025  
Junior Tupou 2023 2024    
Justin Matamua Dev. 2024 CO  
Luke Brooks 2023      
Rua Ngatikaura 2023 2024    
Shawn Blore 2023 2024    
Sione Fainu 2023 2024    
Starford To’a 2023 2024    
Stefano Utoikamanu 2023 2024 MO  
Tommy Talau 2023      
Triston Reilly 2023 2024    
Tukimihia Simpkins 2023      

2023 recruits

Charlie Staines, Apisai Koroisau (Panthers), Isaiah Papali’i (Eels), Triston Reilly (rugby union, Waratahs), David Nofoaluma (Storm – return from loan), David Klemmer (Knights), John Bateman (Wigan), Brandon Wakeham (Bulldogs)

2023 departures

Luke Garner, Tyrone Peachey (Panthers), Kelma Tuilagi (Sea Eagles), Thomas Mikaele (Warrington), Jock Madden (Broncos), Jacob Liddle (Dragons), Zane Musgrove (Dragons), James Roberts (retired), James Tamou (Cowboys), Jock Madden (Broncos), Oliver Gildart (Dolphins), Jackson Hastings (Knights), William Kei (unsigned), Henry O’Kane, (unsigned), Ken Maumalo (Titans).



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Jiyad: SOMOs Leadership, 50 Years On | Iraq Business News

By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad.

Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

The recent appointment of Ammar Al-Anbagi as the new, a twelfth in a row, director general of Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO), might be an opportunity to review the path of leadership of this very important entity in the petroleum sector and, indeed, for the entire economy of Iraq.

I have known most of SOMOs DGs since early seventies of the last century during either our postgraduate studies in the UK with scholarships from the Ministry of Oil financed by agreements with IOCs prior to mid-seventies oil nationalisation, or during my work with Ministry or INOC or the Council of Ministers before leaving the country in July 1988, or during the exile since then.

Ammar is the twelfth DG since my colleague Ramzi Salman assumed the directorship in 1972 and hold it for twenty years.

During these years the service duration of DGs varies between as short as four months and as long as twenty years. Prior to 2003 invasion, SOMOs leadership was characterised with relative stability, while the immediate aftermath of invasion witnessed frequent changes and instability, before returned to another phase of relative stability since mid-2006.

The following chart, compiled from and based on my database, exhibits SOMOs leadership by name and duration of their term, listed from recent appointment down to the first, during the last fifty years of ups and downs with most daring challenges that faced the country.

A few quick remarks are worthy of making at this occasion.

  • All DGs, except Falah Al-Amiry, have had many years of experience within the Iraqi petroleum sector before assuming their leadership of SOMO.
  • Prior to 2003 invasion, SOMO was the most secretive entity within the petroleum sector and was directly connected to highest political and authority structures through, first Follow-up and Agreement Execution Committee / Revolution Command Council, then through the Republic Presidency Office, though it was within MoO structure.
  • Prior to 2003 invasion, there were only five DGs with Ramzi Salman serving terms from 1972 to March 1991 as the longest DG, who had consolidated SOMO’s structure and status. The terms of other four DGs ranging from only 4 months (Ali Rajab) to six years and a half (Sadam Zuban).
  • SOMO’ leadership witnessed frequent changes immediately after 2003 invasion with four DGs within less than three years in total, reflecting the chaos that dominates due to invasion and causing organisation instability.
  • In March 2006, Dr. Falah Al-Ameri was appointed and his term, the second longest ever, ended in September 2017. During his term, the petroleum sector and, consequently, Iraq, witnessed many serious challenges and crucial developments: two oil price collapses, in 2008 and 2014; Daesh and its devastating consequences from mid-June 2014 onwards; the unwise decision to nominate SOMO as the “State Partner” in Al-Ahdab and Rumaila oilfields upstream service contracts; the commencement of limited spot offering through Dubai Auction in April 2017; OPEC+ implication for Iraq; unrealistic proposal for transforming SOMO from oil “marketing” to oil “trading” company; opportune expanding towards East Asian markets; forming temporary, but problematic, partnerships with a Russian company, ” Litaso” and a Chines company, “ZhenHua”, and immaturely considering oil price hedging, among others.
  • Alaa Al-Yassiri term lasted six years and a half, characterised with, mostly, business as usual, except ignoring the idea of converting SOMO from “marketing” to “trading” company and oil price hedging.
  • Now, SOMO provides more data than before, particularly in contrast to the firm secrecy of pre-2003, but still more transparency and openness are needed on time and regularly. These includes monthly oil lifting, in volume and price, by IOBs, monthly market destinations, monthly or quarterly oil lifting pursuant to upstream development service contracts, and ministerial meetings regarding export oil prices, among others. Also, SOMO needs to be proactive and should state its position on various projects that have direct implications for the country’ oil export outlets, such as pipelines, since it is the only entity that have direct and first-hand knowledge and professional expertise with regards to comparative transport cost to various market destination, price differentials and competitive market shares; all such matters impact the economic feasibility of any project to expand oil exports.
  • Due to domestic politics, personal vendetta or legal integrity premises, many accusations of corruption and financial irregularity were raised regarding SOMO, as entity, and some directed against both Al-Ameri and Al-Yassiri, with some even requested their removal from SOMO.

A few cases are referred to here: SOMO itself confirmed, in February 2013, that one of its senior staff was leaking, for a long period, information on prices to foreign companies, and request the Ministry to take, a rather mild action, against him! A more serious case worth mentioning related to legal action taken by the Parliamentarian Uday Awad, resulted in Basra Appeal Court issuing an arrest order against Al-Yassiri, in October 2019, but, apparently, the arrest was not made.

  • Ironically, the former Minister of Oil Jabbar Luaiabi considered in an official meeting of the Ministry Advisory Commission- Hayaat Al-Ray, in 12 June 2017, SOMO among seven state-owned companies associated with the ministry as “loss making companies”, and gave them six month to improve their fiscal balances; by September that year Al-Ameri was removed. A company that generates almost all of Iraq’s foreign exchange was accused of making losses; is there any other manifestation of ignorance and absurdity better than this??!!!
  • On the legal and ministry structure levels, SOMO is the only legal sovereign entity in charge of oil exports in the country; this monopoly goes back to MoO Law 101 of 1976 and Decision 272 of 1987. SOMO was, and still is, an issue of whether to include or exclude it from INOC Law, as the said law has been in limbo since the Federal High Court revoked many of its main articles since January 2019.

I had previously addressed SOMO’ issues in a few articles written in Arabic, English and were circulated widely and accessible, as listed below. Also, I keep watching its affairs closely and have direct line of communication with SOMO and am very keen to maintain and enhance the contact.

Norway

12 March 2023

 

SOMO Reveals More Important Data on its Marketing Activities, posted on IBN, 22 July 2019

http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2019/07/22/somo-reveals-more-important-data/

 

https://www.akhbaar.org/home/2019/7/260413.html  posted on 23 July 2019

 

SOMO Discloses Data on its Spot Sales, posted on IBN10 July 2019

http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2019/07/10/somo-discloses-data-on-its-spot-sales/

https://www.akhbaar.org/home/2019/7/259802.html  posted on 6 July 2019

 

SOMO Does Not Work This Way. Posted on 16 August 2018  http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2018/08/13/somo-does-not-work-this-way/

 

 


http://www.akhbaar.org/home/2018/11/251035.html
posted on 11 Nov 2018

 

Reforming and Transforming SOMO- A Follow Up,  posted on IBN on 13 Dec 2017 http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2017/12/13/reforming-and-transforming-somo/ and on Al-Akhbaar 13 Dec 2017 http://www.akhbaar.org/home/2017/12/238018.html

 

Debating SOMO’ Transformation.  The English text posted on IBN and AlKhbaar on 5 Sept 2017 http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2017/09/05/expert-blog-debating-somo-transformation/  ; http://www.akhbaar.org/home/2017/9/233074.html and the Arabic text on http://www.akhbaar.org/home/2017/9/233297.html  

 

Click here to download the full analysis in pdf format.

Mr Jiyad is an independent development consultant, scholar and Associate with the former Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES), London. He was formerly a senior economist with the Iraq National Oil Company and Iraq’s Ministry of Oil, Chief Expert for the Council of Ministers, Director at the Ministry of Trade, and International Specialist with UN organizations in Uganda, Sudan and Jordan. He is now based in Norway (Email: mou-jiya(at)online.no, Skype ID: Ahmed Mousa Jiyad). Read more of Mr Jiyad’s biography here.

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Russian-Iraqi Oil Ties “Only Getting Stronger” | Iraq Business News


By John Lee.

More than 100 representatives of leading Iraqi and Russian businesses took part in the Russian-Iraqi Business Forum in Moscow last week.

According to a press release from The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, the Ambassador of Iraq in Moscow, Mr. Abdurakhman Al-Husseini, told delegates that Iraq is open to the development of business relations in all areas. This is not only the oil industry, but also various areas of industry, trade, and healthcare. The Iraqi ambassador also reminded that any Russian can apply for a visa at the airport upon arrival in Iraq.

The President of the Federation of Iraqi Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Abdurazzak Al-Zuheiri, speaking on behalf of the head of the Iraqi delegation, said there was a great desire to promote and strengthen Russian-Iraqi business relations, in particular, in the field of energy, construction, and food supplies.

Ali Warid, Director of the Technical Department of the Iraqi Oil Ministry, noted the long-standing Russian-Iraqi ties in the oil industry. According to him, they are only getting stronger, and most of the projects implemented by large Russian companies in Iraq are economically successful. Among the areas of development, Ali Varid outlined not only exploration, production, but also processing of oil and oil products.

Abbas Salim Hussein, Director of the Livestock Development Department of the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture, spoke about the specifics of doing business in Iraq in his industry and called for developing cooperation in the poultry, meat, dairy and fish industries.

Aziz Nadim Al-Isa, director of the Industrial Development Department of the Iraqi Ministry of Industry, said that since 2003, the Iraqi economy has completely changed and has taken a course towards attracting investment in industry. The country is implementing 25 strategic technological development projects. He stressed that Iraq is interested in cooperation with Russia, primarily with high-tech companies.

Concluding the plenary part, Maksim Malyarchuk, Executive Director of the Russian-Iraqi Business Council at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, spoke about the activities of the Council and assistance to Russian and Iraqi companies in the new conditions. In March, the Central Bank of Iraq banned settlements with the Russian Federation. But, despite this, according to Malyarchuk, today there are examples of direct deliveries from Russia to Iraq, and the issues of mutual settlements and logistics have been conceptually resolved. Also, he noted the growth of requests from the Iraqi side and the interest in importing Russian products.

(Source: The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation)



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James Caan: Will miss you old friend. | HollywoodNews.com


Good bye dear friend. Janice and I will miss you.

James Edmund Caan (March 26, 1940 – July 6, 2022) was an American actor who was nominated for several awards, including four Golden Globes, an Emmy, and an Oscar. Caan was awarded a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1978.

After early roles in Howard Hawks’s El Dorado (1966), Robert Altman’s Countdown (1967) and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rain People (1969), he came to prominence for playing his signature role of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather (1972), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. He reprised the role of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974) with a cameo appearance at the end.

Caan had significant roles in films such as Brian’s Song (1971), Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Gambler (1974), Rollerball (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), and Alan J. Pakula’s Comes a Horseman (1978). He had sporadically worked in film since the 1980s, with his notable performances including roles in Thief (1981), Gardens of Stone (1987), Misery (1990), Dick Tracy (1990), Bottle Rocket (1996), The Yards (2000), Dogville (2003), and Elf (2003).

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Johnny Depp Congratulations! | HollywoodNews.com


At the Hollywood Film Awards in Hollywood.

Johnny Depp to try to stage a Hollywood comeback after winning defamation suit against Amber Heard.

Johnny Depp is an American actor, producer and musician. He has appeared in films, television series and video games. He made his film debut in the horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984.[1] In the two following years, Depp appeared in the comedy Private Resort (1985), the war film Platoon (1986), and Slow Burn (1986). A year later, he started playing his recurring role as Officer Tom Hanson in the police procedural television series 21 Jump Street (1987–1990) which he played until the middle of season 4, and during this time, he experienced a rapid rise as a professional actor.]

In 1990, he starred as the title characters in the films Cry-Baby and Edward Scissorhands. Throughout the rest of the decade, Depp portrayed lead roles in Arizona Dream (1993), What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Benny & Joon (1993), Dead Man (1995) and title characters Ed Wood (1994), Don Juan DeMarco (1995), and Donnie Brasco (1997). He also starred in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) as Hunter S. Thompson, The Ninth Gate (1999) as Dean Corso, and Sleepy Hollow (1999) as Ichabod Crane.

In the early 2000s, he appeared in the romance Chocolat (2000), crime film Blow (2001), action film Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), drama Finding Neverland (2004), and horror films From Hell and Secret Window (2004). In addition, Depp portrayed the title character in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) and appeared in Public Enemies (2009). In 2003, he portrayed Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, starting with The Curse of the Black Pearl, and reprised the role in four sequels (2006–2017), becoming one of his most famous roles. For each performance in The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland, and Sweeney Todd, Depp was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He also portrayed Willy Wonka and Tarrant Hightopp in the fantasy films Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Alice in Wonderland which each garnered over $474 million and $1 billion at the box office, respectively.

In 2010, he went on to star in The Tourist with Angelina Jolie and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy. He starred in Dark Shadows (2012) with Michelle Pfeiffer, The Lone Ranger (2013) with Armie Hammer, and Transcendence (2014) with Morgan Freeman. He reprised his role as the Tarrant Hightopp in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) and starred in the drama Minamata (2020). Beginning in 2011, he has produced films through his company Infinitum Nihil. He has also lent his voice to the animated series King of the Hill in 2004, SpongeBob SquarePants in 2009, and Family Guy in 2012, in addition to the animated film Rango (2011). Moreover, Depp has appeared in many documentary films, mostly as himself. [From Wikipidea]



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