Mahe Fonua and Corey Thompson (official)

Wests Tigers sign two outside backs

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Thu 8th June, 03:00PM
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Wests Tigers are pleased to announce the signing of outside backs Mahe Fonua and Corey Thompson for the coming two seasons.

The new two-year deal will see both players who are currently playing in the English Super League join Wests Tigers until at least the end of the 2019 NRL season.

A Tongan international in 2013 and 2015, Fonua will join Wests Tigers after spending the last two seasons at Hull FC. Named as part of the 2016 Super League Dream Team, Fonua also helped Hull FC win the 2016 Challenge Cup Final, scoring a try in the win.

Prior to his stint in England, the Southern Eastern Titans junior played 50 games for the Melbourne Storm between 2012 and 2015 — scoring 24 tries in that time — as well as helping Melbourne to the 2013 World Club Challenge title with a win over Leeds.

Thompson has played a total of 74 professional rugby league matches in his career, playing 35 games for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs between 2013 and 2015, before linking up with Widnes Vikings in 2016 where he made a further 39 appearances.

In his two seasons with the Vikings, Thompson scored an impressive 28 tries in 39 games, and finished the 2016 season as the second-highest try-scorer in Super League.

Wests Tigers Head Coach Ivan Cleary said he looked forward to welcoming both players.

“Both Mahe and Corey have had strong careers in the English Super League and we look forward to them bringing that experience back to Wests Tigers,” said Cleary.

“We’re confident that their overseas experience coupled with their previous successful stints in the NRL will be a positive addition to our playing squad.”

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said that the pair had proven themselves overseas and that the club looked forward to welcoming them back to the NRL.

“Mahe and Corey have had success in the UK and we’re keen to see them bring this form to our club over the coming two years,” said Pascoe.

Both players will join Wests Tigers for pre-season training ahead of the 2018 NRL season.

Maybe now we’ll see genuine competition for backline positions.

Everyone on 2 year contracts? I don’t think clubs will be beating down the doors for these 2, but I just hope we don’t have another episode of this years contract negotiations…

Nice - Should add competition for backline spots, which is a good thing.

good stuff - funny how they said nobody wants to come to the West Tigers :slight_smile:

Now i am looking forward to the signing of Taane Milne and next season.

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Now i am looking forward to the signing of Taane Milne and next season.

× 2. This also will make nofo work harder because he knows that if his form drops hel be in reggies.

Solid signings, building nicely for 2018. Keep the signings coming Ivan!!

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good stuff - funny how they said nobody wants to come to the West Tigers :slight_smile:

yeah Peter Tunks stick that up ya clacka

Im happy with these two signings both are proven first graders and can find the try line, it will create a good competition for spots in the back line and also give us some depth, welcome to the club boys !

Signing news on a Thursday …keep it coming Wests Tigers…

Welcome aboard Mahe and Corey…

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Everyone on 2 year contracts? I don’t think clubs will be beating down the doors for these 2, but I just hope we don’t have another episode of this years contract negotiations…

Everyone? Packer, Nofo, Suli and Reynolds signed 4 year deals, Matulino, McQueen and Twal 3 years.

But besides all that, it’s become pretty clear that length of contract can be meaningless if player or club (or both) really wants to move on.

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Everyone on 2 year contracts? I don’t think clubs will be beating down the doors for these 2, but I just hope we don’t have another episode of this years contract negotiations…

Everyone? Packer, Nofo, Suli and Reynolds signed 4 year deals, Matulino, McQueen and Twal 3 years.

But besides all that, it’s become pretty clear that length of contract can be meaningless if player or club (or both) really wants to move on.

Well not literally everyone, but Brooks and Liddle could be fundamental to the team by the time their contracts are up, and then you have a few others in key positions finishing theirs at the same time. But yeah it’s really up to the players if they want to stay/club wants to keep them. I guess it could work out that whoever out of those signed for 2 years are ones to keep, the others can be let go to free up cap space.

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Everyone on 2 year contracts? I don’t think clubs will be beating down the doors for these 2, but I just hope we don’t have another episode of this years contract negotiations…

Everyone? Packer, Nofo, Suli and Reynolds signed 4 year deals, Matulino, McQueen and Twal 3 years.

But besides all that, it’s become pretty clear that length of contract can be meaningless if player or club (or both) really wants to move on.

Well not literally everyone, but Brooks and Liddle could be fundamental to the team by the time their contracts are up, and then you have a few others in key positions finishing theirs at the same time. But yeah it’s really up to the players if they want to stay/club wants to keep them. I guess it could work out that whoever out of those signed for 2 years are ones to keep, the others can be let go to free up cap space.

I think Brooks’ contract ending in 2019 was on purpose. I believe Nathan Cleary’s contract ends at the same time. Maybe if Brooks doesnt go too well, IC may have something on his cards?

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