The St George Illawarra Dragons have invited halfback, Willie Peters to negotiate with other clubs following the June 30th 'anti-tampering' deadline.
Peters who has been one of the few shining lights for the Dragons this year is strongly rumoured to be heading to Souths in 2003.
This news follows hot on the heels of Nathan Blacklock's decision last week to quit the Dragons and offers little to Dragons supporters who are still coming to terms with last Saturday's humiliating 32-13 loss to Cronulla.
Canberra halfback, Brett Finch has been linked to Saints for 2003 but this is still pure speculation.
News for Dragons is set to get worse with the possibility that centre Mark Gasnier will be out for up to six weeks following a recurrance of a foot injury which has kept him out since round four. In what was to be his comeback match, Gasnier lasted less than three minutes last Saturday.
Saints led 13-nil at half time only to concede 32 unanswered points from the Sharks in the second half. The loss forced a Sunday crisis meeting amongst officials, coaching staff and players as the club tries to come to terms with what is becoming one of the most dismal Dragons' seasons on record.