Dragons coach Anthony Griffin has confirmed Tariq Sims is free to look elsewhere, reigniting whispers the club could be set to make a big play for Panthers star Viliame Kikau.
Sims is contracted until the end of next season and met with Dragons officials this week about a possible extension.
The Dragons though told Sims that while they would honour his deal for next season, he is free to take a long-term offer from a rival club.
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“His management had a chat to our management a couple of weeks ago,” Griffin said after the Dragons’ 20-16 loss on Saturday night.
“He is contracted to us until the end of next year. As I understand it at the moment they have given him permission to look around.