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Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 6:59 pm
by bathursttiger
Tweed Tiger wrote:
Fri 18 May, 2018 6:00 pm
Sharks fans seem to think they are getting Barba because they are collecting fullbacks now
Maybe they were jealous of our collection of Hookers a few years ago.

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 7:05 pm
by bathursttiger
From SMH

Wests Tigers have made a play for Manly centre Brian Kelly as the club spreads its reach into the Macarthur region in its quest to find the next generation of stars.

The Tigers were the most active club in the player market in the off-season and they continue to focus on building their squad. To that end, they are scouring the market for a strike centre and fullback, with Kelly shaping as an option as the former. Kelly is off contract and the Sea Eagles will struggle to keep him due to salary cap concerns and interest from the Cowboys and Tigers.

The Tigers also have the cash for a marquee man to replace James Tedesco and are watching the market with interest. It’s understood Parramatta’s Bevan French and Cronulla’s Valentine Holmes are frustrated that they are not being given a consistent run in the No.1 jersey at their current clubs, while Canterbury is under mounting pressure to move players such as Moses Mbye given his back-ended contract has him earning about $1.9 million over the next two years. While Corey Thompson is currently doing a good job as custodian, Tigers officials are closely monitoring whether French, Holmes, Mbye or any other prospective No.1s become available.

The joint-venture outfit is also focusing on the long term and on Wednesday struck a landmark agreement with the Country Rugby League that will expand the club’s footprint into the Macarthur region. The partnership formalises the Tigers’ long-standing relationship with Group Six rugby league and provides a representative pathway for top talent.

The newly signed memorandum of understanding will result in the regions’ teams being branded as ‘GSR Wests Tigers’ in the CRL’s Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cup junior representative, men’s under-23s and Ladies League Tag Country Championship competitions.

It will also expose Macarthur to the Tigers’ NRL coaching and performance staff in what the parties believe is a win for the club and regional football.

Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said the extension of the relationship would result in quality players provided a pathway to the NRL.

“Wests Tigers and the Greater Southern Region have always supported each other and it’s important for us to provide opportunities for players and coaches in our community,” Pascoe said.

“It was great to see our players in the Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cup competing as the Greater Southern Region Wests Tigers this year and it’s important for them to know that they are part of the Wests Tigers pathway.

“We’re happy to be extending and formalising our agreement with Country Rugby League and we look forward to working together to provide additional opportunities and resources for players and coaches throughout the region.”


The CRL has been in contact with Sydney-based clubs about formalising relationships with regional centres in a bid to boost bush footy and provide development pathways. The Tigers are one of the first to formalise such an arrangement, although Penrith is also a standard-bearer for such partnerships. The Panthers recently expanded their footprint into the western corridor in a deal they believe could be a blueprint for saving bush footy.

CRL Greater Southern regional manager Kevin Felgate said the extended Tigers partnership an acknowledgement of the success of the current program.

“It’s fantastic to see the Wests Tigers make this commitment towards supporting CRL’s representative pathways and it’s fantastic for the players and coaches to have a link with an NRL club in their region,” Felgate said.

“The introduction of the Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cups was a great success this season and much of that success is owed to the support from NRL clubs like the Wests Tigers.

“The extension of this partnership represents another step in the right direction for players, coaches and trainers throughout the region.”

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 7:16 pm
by willow
That article has been previously posted, it's several days old.

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 8:45 pm
by weststigers
The Barba rumour is swirling again:

Apparently Kev has agreed to terms with St Helens allowing Barba to leave.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-pr ... 0cf8240201

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 9:02 pm
by FreddyK

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 9:03 pm
by Spud Murphy
Please... Kelly, French and Mbye are being targeted as 'marquee' signings? We are in trouble 😔

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 9:11 pm
by Geo.
FreddyK wrote:
Fri 18 May, 2018 9:02 pm
Barba coming home

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/sport/r ... ba-1580601
:shock: this is the same article as the one above quoting Brent Read on MMM..don't see where Barba is coming home...rumoured maybe...

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 9:19 pm
by FreddyK
Re: Barba - If Barba was headed to Cronulla why should the West Tigers do Cronulla a favour by releasing Naiqama early. It really does appear to be a swap - Barba to the West-Tigers.

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 9:27 pm
by Chicken Faced Killa
Does Barba still have to serve a 12 week suspension for cocaine?

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 9:40 pm
by hammertime
According to the telegraph, we don't want him
Despite Naiqama’s looming departure, The Saturday Telegraph can reveal the Tigers have no interest in signing the former premiership-winning Cronulla fullback.

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 9:49 pm
by AnonTiger
Maybe this is why Holmes wants out of Cronulla as Barba will return next year....

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 9:50 pm
by westy81
Chicken Faced Killa wrote:
Fri 18 May, 2018 9:27 pm
Does Barba still have to serve a 12 week suspension for cocaine?
He served his 12 week suspension in England’s before he played for St Helens

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 9:52 pm
by avocadoontoast
hammertime wrote:
Fri 18 May, 2018 9:40 pm
According to the telegraph, we don't want him
Despite Naiqama’s looming departure, The Saturday Telegraph can reveal the Tigers have no interest in signing the former premiership-winning Cronulla fullback.
Not surprising, we’re so used to losing we wouldn’t want a player who’d help us win. We should sign some more rejects like Lolohea, it’s worked out so well.

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 9:57 pm
by Tiger Steve
hammertime wrote:
Fri 18 May, 2018 9:40 pm
According to the telegraph, we don't want him
Despite Naiqama’s looming departure, The Saturday Telegraph can reveal the Tigers have no interest in signing the former premiership-winning Cronulla fullback.
Far out - I’m about to lose my lollies!!

Can we please please be occasionally interested in proven good players. Who are we bloody waiting for?

Far out I can’t take much more of this!!!

Barba tearing it up in the UK but we’re not interested. Let’s sign more reserve grades. Let’s sign more ‘tradesmen’.

Oh yeah - were in a rebuild

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 9:59 pm
by Chicken Faced Killa
westy81 wrote:
Fri 18 May, 2018 9:50 pm
Chicken Faced Killa wrote:
Fri 18 May, 2018 9:27 pm
Does Barba still have to serve a 12 week suspension for cocaine?
He served his 12 week suspension in England’s before he played for St Helens
Cheers thanks for that

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 10:00 pm
by avocadoontoast
Tiger Steve wrote:
Fri 18 May, 2018 9:57 pm
hammertime wrote:
Fri 18 May, 2018 9:40 pm
According to the telegraph, we don't want him
Despite Naiqama’s looming departure, The Saturday Telegraph can reveal the Tigers have no interest in signing the former premiership-winning Cronulla fullback.
Far out - I’m about to lose my lollies!!

Can we please please be occasionally interested in proven good players. Who are we bloody waiting for?

Far out I can’t take much more of this!!!

Barba tearing it up in the UK but we’re not interested. Let’s sign more reserve grades. Let’s sign more ‘tradesmen’.

Oh yeah - were in a rebuild
I agree. Us showing no interest in such a good player is ridiculous.

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 10:04 pm
by TigerTiger
hammertime wrote:
Fri 18 May, 2018 9:40 pm
According to the telegraph, we don't want him
Despite Naiqama’s looming departure, The Saturday Telegraph can reveal the Tigers have no interest in signing the former premiership-winning Cronulla fullback.
The DT (ala Buzz) are very pro-Sharks and very anti-Tigers. I wouldn't take what they print as gospel.
Although, I do completely share the disappointment here displayed by a few Tigers supporters if we in fact aren't interested in Barba. A bad history yes, but we need three or four players who have his skills, and currently we have zero.

Re: Signing Suggestions & Rumours THREAD..

Posted: Fri 18 May, 2018 10:07 pm
by BalmainTiger
we are not interested in good players, we are only interested in rejects from other clubs. look at our roster after spending millions of dollars.