tvnz view on it. at least we seem to be looking for a half which is good news
New South Wales rugby league halfback Peter Wallace is reportedly in the sights of the Warriors, among many other NRL clubs.
The 22-year-old is now hot property after an impressive performance for the Blues in Wednesday's first State of Origin game where the Blues beat Queensland 18-10.
The Auckland based Warriors are said to be willing to offer Wallace $340,000 a year, from 2010.
Wallace, who was tutored by halfback of the century Andrew John's, is set to come off contract with the Brisbane Broncos at the end of next year and can not enter talks with another club until November.
He is on a two-year deal with Brisbane and contrary to previous reports he is secured until the end of 2009 regardless of his shock Origin call-up.
A clause in the Bronco's contract says the club can offer him an upgrade or extension within 28 days of his Origin debut but he is not able to shop himself around the NRL and leave Brisbane before the end of 2009.
This hasn't deterred hungry NRL clubs though with up to six expressing keen interest with Wallace's manager Allan Gainey, including at least two in the past 24 hours.
"(Clubs have been interested) probably since he's been up in Brisbane and gone well up there," said Gainey.
"The interest is more intense since being selected in Origin.
"I have had some correspondence with the Broncos and I think they will come and talk to us next week when it all settles down.
"(But) they are probably struggling a bit to stay under the cap (for 2009)."
Gainey would not reveal which "five or six clubs" had shown interest in Wallace, but it's believed they're all NRL teams who are struggling to find a permanent halfback.
Cronulla recently released their No.7 Brett Kimmorley to join the Bulldogs in 2009, but are believed to have all but secured returning star Trent Barrett, while St George Illawarra, South
Sydney, Canberra, Parramatta and Manly have all had issues in cementing solid scrumbase combinations.
Penrith have also struggled in the halves since letting Wallace go and recruiting him back to the club would be a massive turnaround after they failed to offer him the A$120,000 he requested
at the start of last season.
That figure appears a bargain price now as Wallace's rising popularity could see him command close to A$300,000 on the open
But his manager insisted the cool-headed youngster would repay the faith to Brisbane for taking a punt on him this season.
"If they come up with the right sort of offer to where he is situated now I think he is a pretty loyal bloke," said Gainey.
"They have the option to throw something at us we can consider or we can sit it out and he will be on the market in 2010."