Signing Suggestions & Rumours

@Masterton said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Two more spots need to be filled by season kick-off, plus one more by June 30. The Tigers are still hopeful one spot will be filled by rookie Parramatta prop Stefano Utoikamanu.

A top-quality outside back remains at the top of coach Michael Maguire’s wish list. Maguire has always been known for his ability to identify a player’s worth and not budge on that amount.

Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe told the Herald on Tuesday the Tigers had avoided falling into the trap of having to pay ‘overs’ for quality players.

Pascoe said for the first time in a long time they had the luxury of having cash to splash on decent players when most rival clubs were still juggling their cap for this season and 2021.

"When there are reports we have cap space, every player who comes on to the market is linked with us,’’ Pascoe said.

"The great challenge for us in recent months has been balancing that huge expectation from fans who read these media reports, and making sure we’re making strategic decisions in regards to adding value to what is already a strong roster.

"Having cap space at this time of year allows us the opportunity to be strategic and leverage of other clubs who might have challenges with their cap space.

"This is a position we haven’t been in for four years and it’s taken us a long time to get here. We just have to be patient.’’

When Mitchell was unveiled as Souths’ latest signing at Redfern on Monday afternoon, he said he would have regretted rushing into a lucrative four-year deal on the table from the Tigers.

Pascoe, however, felt Mitchell was referring to money rather than taking a swipe at the Tigers.

Negotiations with Mitchell lasted about a month and were abandoned well before Christmas – and never got anywhere near $1.2 million a season, said Pascoe.

Adam Doueihi was expected to wear the Souths No.1 jersey before Mitchell’s signing and has since been linked to the Tigers. Doueihi would be a handy pick-up for the Tigers because of his versatility but is on a heavily back-ended deal. His pay packet is not one the Tigers are prepared to entertain.

Some Tigers fans have questioned the big money splurged on Russell Packer and Josh Reynolds who have both struggled with injury, while Ryan Matterson felt at the end of last season he was not being paid enough and sulked before being released to join Parramatta. Kiwi international Esan Marsters was also allowed to switch to North Queensland.

The Tigers spent last week in Brisbane where they enjoyed a bonding session with Mbye seen as the early favourite to take over Robbie Farah’s No.9 jersey.

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/cashed-up-tigers-wait-patiently-for-their-own-marquee-man-20200114-p53rck.html

Also the first few paragraphs of this article were missed in copy:

Cashed-up Tigers wait patiently for their own marquee man

Wests Tigers are yet to land a big-name scalp but have more than $600,000 to spend on a high-profile recruit before June 30 – they just need the right player to come on to the market.

Some Tigers fans have bemoaned their club missing out on Latrell Mitchell and Jai Arrow, who both signed with South Sydney in recent weeks.
One-time Tigers recruit Latrell Mitchell enjoys his first day training with South Sydney.

Matt Moylan also refused to leave Cronulla, even though his management later approached the Tigers about a four-year deal, which the club baulked at because of the fullback’s injury problems.

Zane Musgrave, Luciano Leilua and Billy Walters are the Tigers’ only new recruits, while they have since upgraded young talent such as Tommy Talau, Luke Garner and Alex Twal.

@jirskyr said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@tiger05premier said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

I’m prerty happy with Pascoe
Sounds like some clubs trying to take advantage of us to ease their cap pressure but we are playing them as we used to be played and only entertaining what’s best for us
So much media speculation but we are really playing it cool

I agree, how can you argue with anything Pascoe said in the article?

Other than the 4 years since we had similar cap space bit, as it was about two and a half years ago that they were splashing cash around.

@Spacecub said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Some caller on 2sm reported this arvo Corey Thompson to Penrith…anyone heard anything about this

Not true in the slightest.

@jirskyr said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@joebob said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Strange that Doueihi is on a heavily backended contract. I would have thought they have him signed for next to nothing.

Does not gel well with their plans for Latrell either. They’ll have to pump Latrell up beyond 2020, unless he’s rubbish this year.

Wouldn’t Latrell’s contract already have a set amount for the club option in 2021?

I don’t think we are signing another forward for the 2020 season as we seem to have a plethora of forwards … if you take into account our roster with that young Para prop:

Packer
Mikaele
Musgrove
Clark
Utoikamanu
Twal
Eisenhuth
Garner
Aloiai
Leilua
Lawrence
McQueen
Taylor
CheeKam

Who’s gonna miss out ??

@TigerSkins said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

I don’t think we are signing another forward for the 2020 season as we seem to have a plethora of forwards … if you take into account our roster with that young Para prop:

Packer
Mikaele
Musgrove
Clark
Utoikamanu
Twal
Eisenhuth
Garner
Aloiai
Leilua
Lawrence
McQueen
Taylor
CheeKam

Who’s gonna miss out ??

That’s actually pretty good competition for spots. 40 attacking metres won’t cut it!

@TigerSkins said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

I don’t think we are signing another forward for the 2020 season as we seem to have a plethora of forwards … if you take into account our roster with that young Para prop:

Packer
Mikaele
Musgrove
Clark
Utoikamanu
Twal
Eisenhuth
Garner
Aloiai
Leilua
Lawrence
McQueen
Taylor
CheeKam

Who’s gonna miss out ??

Plus Seyfarth and McIntyre, which gives us two full sets of 5 run on and 3 forwards on the bench.

We’ve seen Twal, Clark, Garner and Eisenhuth all make their debuts in the past few seasons but McIntyre hasn’t. Can’t see him coming anywhere near selection this year

@tiga4eva said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

We’ve seen Twal, Clark, Garner and Eisenhuth all make their debuts in the past few seasons but McIntyre hasn’t. Can’t see him coming anywhere near selection this year

Eisenhuth shouldn’t be anywhere near first grade

2nd highest tackle count behind twal mate

@bptiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

reading the above Pascoe comes across as a idiot , his statement were he states we have not PAID OVER FOR ANY QUAILTY PLAYERS, HE IS RIGHT WE HAVENT SIGNED ANY QUAILTY PLAYERS HAVE U.so how could we have paid overs.

He’s an idiot but he’s mastered the political speak. He’s fooling a lot.

@wokesmoke said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Spacecub said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Some caller on 2sm reported this arvo Corey Thompson to Penrith…anyone heard anything about this

Not true in the slightest.

It was true before Corey extended…Riff put an offer to him which Corey rejected and extended with us…hey smoke thought you had inside knowledge, maybe you were sick that day…yeah

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/corey-thompson-sticks-with-wests-tigers-20190619-p51z3b.html

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@wokesmoke said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Spacecub said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Some caller on 2sm reported this arvo Corey Thompson to Penrith…anyone heard anything about this

Not true in the slightest.

Probably Ivan

@tigerap said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@wokesmoke said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Spacecub said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Some caller on 2sm reported this arvo Corey Thompson to Penrith…anyone heard anything about this

Not true in the slightest.

It was true before Corey extended…Riff put an offer to him which Corey rejected and extended with us…hey smoke thought you had inside knowledge, maybe you were sick that day…yeah

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/corey-thompson-sticks-with-wests-tigers-20190619-p51z3b.html

No, the comment was talking about it was a recent thing as in It’s about to happen. Which it isn’t.

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