The Dragons are set to offer Ben Hunt $1 million a season in a bid to get him in the Red V.
Remarkably, the Broncos can only offer him a fraction of that, and he is expected to stay in the humid city.
Hunt had one of his greatest seasons in 2015, leading the Broncos to the grand final before infamously dropping the ball from the kick-off in extra time which led to a Johnathan Thurston field goal and a Cowboys win.
He hasn’t seemed to recover as yet, but that hasn’t inhibited the Dragons, who have found it difficult to seduce talent to the south of Sydney, from preparing an offer which could make the 26-year-old one of the highest paid players in the game.
Hunt was touted as a future Maroon and even jumped the pecking order ahead of Manly’s Daly Cherry-Evans for a time, but the No.7 has failed to recapture such form.