WESTS TIGERS have been eyeing former Penrith hooker Masada Iosefa - among others - as a potential mid-season purchase as back-up for Robbie Farah.
Tigers recruitment manager Warren McDonnell said yesterday the club was looking at various options to act as an understudy to Farah, and that Iosefa, now playing for Mounties in the NSW Cup, was one of them.
‘‘We are looking,’’ McDonnell said. ‘‘But [Iosefa] is one of three or four we are looking at.’’ The Tigers may finalise a deal with a player through their second-tier salary cap next week, but it is unlikely any prospective signing will play in their next clash, against the Warriors, even though Farah is likely to be missing due to State of Origin commitments.
While the Tigers’ decision to look at options would partly be owing to Farah’s likely elevation to Origin, club officials also believe they need a back-up anyway.
Farah missed two matches early in the season through suspension, with the club using back-rower Liam Fulton as hooker. The struggles in those games, added to the prospect of losing Farah during the Origin series - while knowing that other options in the lower grades are not quite ready - prompted officials to act.