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Kevin Proctor narrows down suitors to Raiders and Storm

Canberra Times logo Canberra Times 26/05/2014 Jon Tuxworth
The hunt is on for Kevin Proctor. © Getty Images. The hunt is on for Kevin Proctor.

The race for Melbourne forward Kevin Proctor's signature is down to two clubs, with the Kiwi international to soon decide between the Canberra Raiders and the Storm.

Proctor's manager, Chris Orr, said his client hoped to make a final decision Monday, but an announcement had not been made by late Monday night.

Fairfax Media has learnt St George Illawarra is now out of the hunt, with Proctor's management denying reports on Monday it had matched Canberra's reported $700,000 a season offer.

The Dragons' quest to sign the 25-year-old certainly wasn't helped by the sacking of head coach Steve Price on Monday.

Fellow Storm back-rower Ryan Hoffman's move to New Zealand Warriors next year was tipped to give the Storm the inside running to retain Proctor, but he is believed to be torn between staying loyal, or accepting more money at Canberra.

It is understood the fact his girlfriend is pregnant will be a factor in his decision.

Proctor has played 114 games for Melbourne, including the 2012 grand final win over Canterbury. 

The Raiders are also trying to convince Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis to jump ship. Ennis and his wife will tour Raiders HQ on Tuesday as he weighs up whether to accept Canberra's offer, reported to be $1 million over two years. 

Raiders centre Jack Wighton said on Monday he benefited from Ennis' tutelage at Country Origin camp this year, and swould welcome him to Canberra with open arms. 

"He's a great player, and we'd be more than happy to have him,'' Wighton said. "He's a great bloke and role model too.

"We need a few older heads on the field to keep it calm when needed.''

Canberra is also trying to lure star Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco and Penrith winger Josh Mansour. Tedesco will have decided his future by the time he returns for Wests Tigers next week and, according to his manager, it won’t be solely dictated by money.

The 21-year-old is set to return from an ankle injury for the match against Newcastle on June 8.

His manager, Sam Ayoub, and Wests Tigers boss Grant Mayer hosed down reports the Tigers had issued a 5pm deadline on Monday for Tedesco to decide his future.

Mayer confirmed discussions were continuing with Ayoub but denied an ultimatum had been made.

Ayoub said Tedesco was keen to have his future sorted out before his likely return against the Knights. He described as ‘‘baseless’’ reports that the Raiders had tabled a $3.2 million deal to Tedesco.

Ayoub said the Tigers had presented an offer and Tedesco was waiting on the Raiders before deciding where he would be playing in 2015 and beyond.

"Contrary to some of the reports out there, the decision he does make won’t be solely based on money,'' he said.

Canberra has a war chest to throw at marquee players after star fullback Anthony Milford decided to honour his two-year deal with Brisbane. 

Speaking for the first time since doing so, Milford said telling his Canberra teammates was one of the toughest tasks of his short career. 

"It was pretty tough, I told Papa [Josh Papalii] first,'' he said.  "He respected my decision and I'm just moving forward now.''

Milford denied the protracted saga had been a distraction, and said he was proud he had proved the critics wrong, who thought he would drop his bundle.

"I owe a lot to this club and especially to the boys out there,'' he said. "Each week I try and put on a performance for them and try to prove to them I'm 100 per cent committed, especially to our fans.

"I'm happy now I can stay focused on the Raiders, and try and finish well.''

Milford said he planned to treat Canberra's next home game against the Broncos on June 9 as any other match, despite the media spotlight it will attract. 

 With AAP 

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