JUST seven months after being dumped by the Tigers, Wade McKinnon is in line for a shock return to the club with Wests’ set to open negotiations with the fullback for the remainder of the year.
In a move which could see problem child Tim Moltzen shifted back to the halves, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal moves are under way for the former Tiger to return to Leichardt after a stint in the English Super League.
“I have had some initial discussions with the club,” said McKinnon’s manager Alan Gainey. “We will explore it further this week.”
Released from UK Super League club Hull FC earlier this month, where he was coached by Tim Sheens’ former assistant Peter Gentle, McKinnon arrived home yesterday looking to revive his NRL career.
Having already signed Ray Cashmere following a poor start to the season, the embattled club’s recruitment manager Warren McDonnell and Gainey discussed a potential return last week.
The Sunday Telegraph understands the deal will be minimal but McKinnon is willing to play after receiving a payout from Hull FC.
“He certainly wants to be back playing,” Gainey said.
“But he also understands that there isn’t much money around at this time of the year. He is OK with that and we will sit down during the week to discuss his future.”
A McKinnon return would be a bandaid solution for the Tigers’ problems at the back with young-gun James Tedesco out injured and Moltzen misfiring at No. 1.
After setting the NRL alight with a series of blazing performances last year, Moltzen has struggled in the fullback jersey this year with a string of error riddled performances.
Contracted for another year, Moltzen began the year playing in the halves alongside Benji Marshall with the experiment canned after just three games. It is understood Tim Sheens has not been approached about the move.