Signing Suggestions & Rumours

@TheDaBoss Is it behind a paywall?

@WT2K said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@happy_tiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@tiger_one said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Spacecub

He might just be foxing!

What The Fox …WTF

Fox is coming back to Concord 👀

He’ll probably be asking for more money than storm would like to pay a winger.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...t/news-story/2927508e7be5ee35139a5f03693a7880

Wests Tigers firm in chase for Latrell Mitchell after Canterbury officially withdraw interest
Wests Tigers have $1.7 million in available salary cap space for next season and are planning an audacious bid to make Latrell Mitchell the biggest signing in the NRL joint venture’s history.

When Wests Tigers lost former golden boy James Tedesco to the Sydney Roosters there was nothing they could do about it.

Now it’s time for the ultimate revenge.

In an ironic twist of fate, the cashed-up Tigers have emerged as the new favourites to land Latrell Mitchell.

The Tigers could find revenge on the Roosters for poaching James Tedesco. Picture: Phil Hillyard
This development comes after rivals Canterbury officially withdrew from the contract race that is fast developing into a circus.

The Bulldogs had been viewed as a significant player for the 22-year-old Test centre after Mitchell met with board member George Coorey during the finals series.

But a meeting of the club’s football retention committee on Friday afternoon determined the Dogs would now look elsewhere.

Chief executive Andrew Hill told The Saturday Telegraph: “Usually we don’t make comment around our recruitment and retention strategies.

“However, with all the speculation around this matter we thought it was the right thing to do by everyone to confirm we won’t pursue an interest in Latrell Mitchell.”

But with a stack of rival clubs still circling, the Tigers have jumped to the top of the queue.

The fact is they have $1.7 million in available salary cap space for next season and are planning an audacious bid to make Mitchell the biggest signing in the joint venture’s history.

While the two parties are yet to meet directly, that is expected to change in the coming days when coach Michael Maguire completes his commitments with the New Zealand Test team.

Although Mitchell still has a year to run on his current Roosters contract, the reigning premiers would not stand in his way after pulling an $800,000-a-season offer this week.

There is no doubt some other rival clubs are also baulking at Mitchell’s $1 million-a-season asking price, especially given concerns about Mitchell’s current mindset.

There are sections at the Roosters who have been extremely disappointed with Mitchell’s attitude for some time now.

Alarm bells certainly went to the next level when the Roosters found out about Mitchell’s meeting with Coorey.

There were also eyebrows raised when Mitchell arrived late in the season driving a mystery Mercedes sports car, valued in the vicinity of $250,000.

Powerful Roosters chairman Nick Politis, who amassed a substantial part of his $1 billion fortune in the motor vehicle industry, was said to be curious given he had no knowledge of where the flash car came from.

But rather than focus on the negatives, the Tigers see this as a generational opportunity for their club.

The fact is the Tigers are sick of making up the numbers year after year and want to put a team on the paddock next year that can seriously challenge for the title.
Mitchell tore the Tigers apart in the two games he played against them this year, while his goal kicking would also be a massive bonus.

The Tigers dropped several games this year directly because of their poor conversion rate, which would have had them pushing for a top four finish.

The Tigers also view Mitchell as the type of player who could help attract other world class players, while boosting membership and sponsorship revenue.

The Tigers are also said to be chasing another gun outside back and a top edge backrower for next year, and even if they miss out on Mitchell they plan to hit the market hard over summer.

While some people are privately questioning if Maguire’s hard core training regime could be too tough for the at times temperamental Mitchell, the Tigers see this as another positive given Maguire’s history with Greg Inglis.

A big part of the Tigers’ sell no doubt will be based around the fact Maguire knows what it takes to make Mitchell a world class No 1, but it won’t come without hard work.

There is even talk that Mitchell may have been a bit jealous playing second-fiddle to Tedesco in recent times, and that is why he wants to play fullback.

This potential move would not only allow him the chance to become the main man but also help lead a club with the longest NRL finals drought back into the big time arena.

North Queensland is the other club still right in the hunt but going against the Cowboys is that Mitchell wants to play fullback.

Given the Cowboys are also favourites to secure Valentine Holmes when he returns home from the NFL, that could be the deal breaker.

Another bonus for the Tigers is that Adam Hartigan is head of football, having a previously strong relationship with Mitchell during their days together at the Roosters

We must be getting him… There aren’t any other clubs around!

@gallagher said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@WT2K said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@happy_tiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@tiger_one said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Spacecub

He might just be foxing!

What The Fox …WTF

Fox is coming back to Concord 👀

He’ll probably be asking for more money than storm would like to pay a winger.

Sydney clubs will be lining up if there’s any truth to it, you would think.

@tony-soprano said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

The Tigers are also said to be chasing another gun outside back and a top edge backrower for next year

Wonder who these two players are

@tony-soprano said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...t/news-story/2927508e7be5ee35139a5f03693a7880

It’s likely the entire story was lifted directly from here. Virtually every paragraph has been opined here in the past 72 hours.

@WT2K said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@tony-soprano said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

The Tigers are also said to be chasing another gun outside back and a top edge backrower for next year

Wonder who these two players are

Could be Lomax & Frizell

@Elderslie_Tiger
No way we could afford all 3 with $1.7m

@tiga4eva said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Elderslie_Tiger
No way we could afford all 3 with $1.7m

I reckon we could get whoever we want next year. With forward planning we pay player ‘x’ unders next year and top then up in 2021 when we have over 5 million

@voice_of_reason Totally right.

Good thing they aren’t reading it from here, because then they would know that only we know that Curtis Rona had a secret meeting with a high ranking member of the Wests Tigers Board, and he is almost certain to sign for 3 years at only $450k a year. To be announced tomorrow…

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