2018 Squad List, Player Movements

  • 2018 Squad List, Player Movements

    Tue 5th December, 09:00AM

    With the arrival of versatile playmaker Pita Godinet to Wests Tigers, the Club has now confirmed 10 new players for the 2018 season who will be joining from other clubs.

    Godinet will join new teammates Josh Reynolds, Benji Marshall, Ben Matulino, Chris McQueen, Robbie Rochow and Corey Thompson at pre-season training this week, with Russell Packer, Mahe Fonua and Taane Milne to arrive at Concord Oval over the next few weeks following their World Cup commitments with New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji respectively.

    In total, Wests Tigers have signed more new players to their 2018 team than any other club, with Newcastle next best with nine players following the arrival of halfback Mitchell Pearce.

    What’s also worth noting is that Wests Tigers have the fewest players off contract at the end of the year, with just eight players not contracted at the club beyond the end of 2018.

    Cronulla also have eight players off contract, while the Titans are next with 11.

    Take a look below how Wests Tigers squad is shaping up for 2018, as well as some of the key arrivals at other clubs with less than 100 days to go until the new season gets underway!

    Alex Twal — at Wests Tigers since 2017

    Ben Matulino — arriving from New Zealand Warriors

    Benji Marshall — arriving from Brisbane Broncos

    Chris Lawrence — at Wests Tigers since 2006

    Chris McQueen — arriving from Gold Coast Titans

    Corey Thompson — arriving from Widnes Vikings

    David Nofoaluma — at Wests Tigers since 2013

    Elijah Taylor — at Wests Tigers since 2016

    Esan Marsters — at Wests Tigers since 2017

    Jacob Liddle — at Wests Tigers since 2016

    JJ Felise — at Wests Tigers since 2016

    Josh Aloiai — at Wests Tigers since 2016

    Josh Reynolds — arriving from Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

    Kevin Naiqama — at Wests Tigers since 2015

    Luke Brooks — at Wests Tigers since 2013

    Mahe Fonua — arriving from Hull FC

    Malakai Watene-Zelezniak — at Wests Tigers since 2017

    Matt Eisenhuth — at Wests Tigers since 2017

    Matt McIlwrick — at Wests Tigers since 2017

    Michael Chee Kam — at Wests Tigers since 2016

    Moses Suli — at Wests Tigers since 2017

    Pita Godinet — arriving from Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

    Robbie Rochow — arriving from Melbourne Storm

    Russell Packer — arriving from St. George-Illawarra Dragons

    Sauaso Sue — at Wests Tigers since 2013

    Taane Milne — arriving from St. George-Illawarra Dragons

    Tim Grant — at Wests Tigers since 2016

    Tuimoala Lolohea — at Wests Tigers since 2017

    Tyson Gamble — arriving from Redcliffe Dolphins


    Dylan Smith — arriving from Cronulla Sharks

    Heath Gibbs — arriving from Newcastle Knights

    Sam McIntyre — arriving from Newcastle Knights

    Thomas Mikaele — at Wests Tigers since 2017


    Brisbane Broncos

    Ins: Jack Bird (Sharks), Andre Savelio (Warrington Wolves), Patrick Mogo (Cowboys)

    Outs: Ben Hunt (Dragons), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Tautau Moga (Knights), Jai Arrow (Titans), Herman Ese’ese (Knights), Francis Molo (released) , Adam Blair (Warriors)

    Canberra Raiders

    Ins: Charlie Gubb (Warriors), Liam Knight (Roosters), Sam Williams (Wakefield Trinity), Michael Oldfield (Panthers), Brad Abbey (Bulldogs), Sitiveni Moceidreke (Rabbitohs) Craig Garvey (Bulldogs)

    Outs: Jordan Turner (Huddersfield Giants), Dave Taylor (Toronto Wolfpack), Scott Sorensen (Sharks), Lachlan Croker (Sea Eagles), Clay Priest (Bulldogs), Adam Clydsdale (released), Erin Clark (released)

    Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

    Ins: Kieran Foran (Warriors), Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers), Fa’amanu Brown (Sharks), Ofahiki Ogden (Warriors), Jeremy Marshall-King (Wests Tigers), Clay Priest (Raiders), Mason Cerruto (Panthers)

    Outs: James Graham (Dragons), Josh Reynolds (Wests Tigers), Sam Kasiano (Storm), Tyrone Phillips (released), Craig Garvey (Raiders), Richie Kennar (Rabbitohs), Brad Abbey (Raiders), Tyrone Phillips (Panthers)

    Cronulla Sharks

    Ins: Josh Dugan (Dragons), Aaron Gray (Rabbitohs), Ava Seumanufagai (Wests Tigers), Scott Sorensen (Raiders), Braden Uele (Cowboys), Matt Moylan (Panthers)

    Outs: Jack Bird (Broncos), Gerard Beale (Warriors), Fa’amanu Brown (Bulldogs), Daniel Mortimer (Leigh Centurions), Manaia Cherrington (Warriors), Jordan Drew (released), Jeremy Latimore (Dragons), Chris Heighington (Knights), James Maloney (Panthers)

    Gold Coast Titans

    Ins: Jai Arrow (Broncos), Brendan Elliot (Knights), Keegan Hipgrave (Broncos), Mitch Rein (Panthers), Leilani Latu (Panthers)

    Outs: Chris McQueen (Wests Tigers), Leivaha Pulu (Warriors), Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves), Tyler Cornish (released), Nathaniel Peteru (Leeds Rhinos), Paterika Vaivai (Leigh Centurions), Daniel Vidot (retired), Brenton Lawrence (retired), Jarryd Hayne (released)

    Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

    Ins: Toafofoa Sipley (Warriors), Jack Gosiewski (Rabbitohs), Lachlan Croker (Raiders)

    Outs: Brenton Lawrence (retired), Steve Matai (retired), Brett Stewart (retired), Blake Green (Warriors), Pita Godinet (Wests Tigers)

    Melbourne Storm

    Ins: Sam Kasiano (Bulldogs), Ryan Hoffman (Warriors), Patrick Kaufusi (Cowboys), Sandor Earl (unattached), Ryan Papenhuyzen (Wests Tigers), Billy Walters (Brisbane Easts), Cooper Johns (Sea Eagles), Kayleb Milne (NZ rugby)

    Outs: Cooper Cronk (Roosters), Tohu Harris (Warriors), Jordan McLean (Cowboys), Robbie Rochow (Wests Tigers), Jesse Arthars (Rabbitohs), Slade Griffin (Knights), Mark Nicholls (Rabbitohs)

    Newcastle Knights

    Ins: Kalyn Ponga (Cowboys), Connor Watson (Roosters), Aidan Guerra (Roosters), Tautau Moga (Broncos), Herman Ese’ese (Broncos), Slade Griffin (Storm), Jacob Lillyman (Warriors), Chris Heighington (Sharks), Mitchell Pearce (Roosters)

    Outs: Dane Gagai (Rabbitohs), Rory Kostjasyn (retired), Sam Mataora (retired), Mickey Paea (Hull FC), Anthony Tupou (retired), Joe Wardle (Castleford Tigers), Josh Starling (retired), Jack Stockwell (released), Pauli Pauli (released), Jaelen Feeney (released), Peter Mata’utia (Leigh Centurions), David Bhana (released), Tyler Randell (Wakefield Trinity), Chanel Mata’utia (released)

    North Queensland Cowboys

    Ins: Carlin Anderson (Townsville Blackhawks), Jordan McLean (Storm)

    Outs: Kalyn Ponga (Knights), Ray Thompson (retired), Patrick Kaufusi (Storm), Braden Uele (Sharks), Patrick Mogo (Broncos)

    Parramatta Eels

    Ins: Kane Evans (Roosters)

    Outs: Semi Radradra (rugby union), Isaac De Gois (retired), Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), James Hasson (released), Jeff Robson (retired)

    Penrith Panthers

    Ins: Tyrone Phillips (Bulldogs), James Maloney (Sharks)

    Outs: Sitaleki Akauola (Warrington Wolves), Zach Dockar-Clay (Hull Kingston Rovers), Peta Hiku (Warrington Wolves), Samisoni Langi (Leigh Centurions), Darren Nicholls (Dragons), Matt Moylan (Sharks), Mitch Rein (Titans), Leilani Latu (Titans), Mason Cerruto (Bulldogs)

    South Sydney Rabbitohs

    Ins: Dane Gagai (Knights), Jesse Arthars (Storm), Mark Nicholls (Storm), Richie Kennar (Bulldogs)

    Outs: Bryson Goodwin (Leigh Centurions), Aaron Gray (Sharks), David Tyrrell (released), Anthony Cherrington (released), Luke Kelly (released), Dane Nielsen (released), Jack Gosiewski (Sea Eagles), Sitiveni Moceidreke (Raiders)

    St. George-Illawarra Dragons

    Ins: James Graham (Bulldogs), Ben Hunt (Broncos), Jeremy Latimore (Sharks), Darren Nicholls (Panthers), Mitch Allgood (Wakefield Trinity)

    Outs: Josh Dugan (Sharks), Russell Packer (Wests Tigers), Mose Masoe (Hull Kingston Rovers), Will Matthews (Widnes Vikings), Tyrone McCarthy (Salford Red Devils), Taane Milne (Wests Tigers), Josh McCrone (Toronto Wolfpack), Drew Hutchison (Leigh Centurions)

    Sydney Roosters

    Ins: James Tedesco (Wests Tigers), Cooper Cronk (Storm)

    Outs: Kane Evans (Eels), Aidan Guerra (Knights), Connor Watson (Knights), Liam Knight (Raiders), Paul Carter (released), Mitchell Pearce (Knights)

    New Zealand Warriors

    Ins: Tohu Harris (Storm), Gerard Beale (Sharks), Leivaha Pulu (Titans), Manaia Cherrington (Sharks), Adam Blair (Broncos), Peta Hiku (Warrington Wolves), Matiu Love-Henry (Norths Devils), Blake Green (Sea Eagles)

    Outs: Kieran Foran (Bulldogs), Manu Vatuvei (Salford Red Devils), Ben Matulino (Wests Tigers), Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Charlie Gubb (Raiders), Toafofoa Sipley (Sea Eagles), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Jacob Lillyman (Knights), Bodene Thompson (Leigh Centurions)

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