Wests Tigers finalise 2019 NRL squad

Wests Tigers have today finalised the club’s NRL squad for 2019 with the promotion of two players to the Top 30 NRL squad.

Wests Tigers are pleased to announce that Tommy Talau and Alex Seyfarth have been promoted to the club’s NRL squad for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Talau and Seyfarth were due to be promoted to the first-grade squad next season after originally signing Development Players in 2019 but have been rewarded for strong performances throughout pre-season and the year to date.

The promotion of Talau and Seyfarth to the NRL squad sees Wests Tigers finalise their 30-man squad prior to the June 30 deadline, as per NRL requirements.

The son of former Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs player Willie Talau, the 19-year-old Talau outside back has proven himself to be a player on the rise with selection in the NSW U/18’s and Australian Schoolboys squads last year, and had already made the step up in 2019 to the club’s Canterbury Cup side after originally starting in Jersey Flegg.

Capable of playing in the halves, Talau has been playing primarily as a centre since joining the club and offers an exciting option for Maguire going forward in 2019.

A local junior of Wests Tigers, Seyfarth will look to continue his strong progression as part of the full-time squad after featuring in the club’s Canterbury Cup side in the past two years — adding some extra muscle to the Wests Tigers engine room in the coming seasons.

The club’s other 2019 Development Players — Jock Madden, Kane Bradley and Henry Lealuga-Puhotau — are all eligible for first-grade selection after Round 16, per NRL rules.

WESTS TIGERS 2019 NRL SQUAD

Moses Mbye (capt.)
Alex Seyfarth
Alex Twal
Ben Matulino
Benji Marshall
Chris Lawrence
Chris McQueen
Corey Thompson
David Nofoaluma
Dylan Smith
Elijah Taylor
Esan Marsters
Jacob Liddle
Josh Aloiai
Josh Reynolds
Luke Brooks
Luke Garner
Mahe Fonua
Matt Eisenhuth
Michael Chee Kam
Oliver Clark
Paul Momirovski
Robbie Farah
Robbie Rochow
Robert Jennings
Russell Packer
Ryan Matterson
Sam McIntyre
Thomas Mikaele
Tommy Talau

https://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2019/06/30/wests-tigers-finalise-2019-nrl-squad/

Some front loaded deals to save cap space next year

Would have liked Robson to be promoted

Wasn’t Mahe Fonua cut…?

Tom Amone is exactly the sort of player we should have tried to sign. And I’m sure there were others similar to him out there. Back end the contract slightly if you need to

@balmain-boy

“back end” did you say?

My neighbour used to watch East Enders.
I have an IT mate who does Front End software development.
BUT back enders (for me) are a big no no when we talk salary cap - they always end in tears!

@balmain-boy said in Wests Tigers finalise 2019 NRL squad:

Some front loaded deals to save cap space next year

Could barely afford Mannah on a minimum contract or DWZ so unlikely this is smart cap management more no money left.

Seyfarth’s dumb penalty changed the game, and Talau after starting strong made some really bad errors.
I am sure it’s a salary cap thing, but geez

@balmain-boy said in Wests Tigers finalise 2019 NRL squad:

Some front loaded deals to save cap space next year

I hope so

@tiger_one said in Wests Tigers finalise 2019 NRL squad:

@balmain-boy

“back end” did you say?

My neighbour used to watch East Enders.
I have an IT mate who does Front End software development.
BUT back enders (for me) are a big no no when we talk salary cap - they always end in tears!

Backended contracts are only a bad thing when players are on big money and are heavily Backended. A promising young player could be contracted 50k,150k,250k and not interfere with the cap at all. 450k for 2.5 years works out just over 150 a year. Scale up or down depending on quality of course

Here is the thing I don’t get and the difference between benchmark Clubs and the also rans…

Storm were in cap trouble well reported at the start of the year and had to release Kasiano to fit Cammy in…

Had 2 spots to fill and sign King from the Titans and Kata from the Warriors …I don’t think the would have broke the bank for them both solid established FG players that will provide depth should they need them…

Meanwhile here at the Mighty Wests Tigers we promote 2 kids with potential that could have played NRL under the new rules anyway…

@balmain-boy

OK, I see what.
Still if the mindset is to back end - who knows what temptations might pop up!

@Geo

I’m with you Geo.
It must be salary cap management strategy although from the outside here, who could tell?

@Geo One significant improvement is to improve our coaching standards to accelerate the promotion of our juniors to the NRL.