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Bulldogs captain and Kangaroo representative Steve Price has announced he is to join the New Zealand Warriors next season on a three-year NRL deal.
Price's signing on a three-year deal believed to be worth $1.2 million ends weeks of speculation about his playing future.
That ongoing speculation over Price's future prompted Bulldogs chairman George Peponis to join a number of high-ranking officials in calling for the contentious June 30 anti-tampering deadline to be shunted back to the end of the season.
And Peponis would have been delighted to hear NRL chief executive David Gallop reveal he was ready to recommend just that.
"I think this year has highlighted that it's (June 30) not ideal and I think at the end of the season when we review a whole lot of things one of the options might be a trial year where the date is moved to the end of the season," Gallop said.
"I would be interested to know whether the players association would back that."
The June 30 deadline - which forbids clubs talking to rival players prior to that date - has been in place since the NRL's inception in 1998.