Melbourne Storm officials are hopeful halfback Matt Orford will agree to a new contract today. Orford is expected to either sign today or tell the Storm he will test his value on the open market next month.
Contract negotiations reached a stalemate yesterday and odds are increasing both will leave the Bulldogs. Anasta's manager Greg Willett was denied permission to talk solely to South Sydney before the deadline, a move he believes would have sped up negotiations.
The Bulldogs now run the risk of cashed up clubs throwing their cheque books at the representative pair.