COWBOYS OFFER UP HOOKER IN LEILUA SWAP BID
Wests Tigers have rejected a straight player swap from the Cowboys as North Queensland attempt to take Luciano Leilua immediately.
It is understood the Tigers were offered hooker Reece Robson in the hope that would allow Leilua to join the Cowboys next season.
However, the Tigers poured cold water on the deal and have so far blocked any attempt for Leilua to exit his deal 12 months early. The Tigers released a statement declaring their intention of keeping Leilua at the club next season despite his decision to ink a three-year deal with the Cowboys from 2023.
The two clubs remain in talks, with Cowboys coach Todd Payten sharing a close relationship with Tigers head of football Tim Sheens and recruitment manager Warren McDonnell.
Robson has two years left on his deal at the Cowboys, who also have hookers Reuben Cotter and Jake Granville on the books.
What a strange offer…Robson is the best hooker that they have on their books. Dunno why they would weaken hooker just to get Lucy a year early.
and hes not significantly better than what we have.if at all. stupid offer. hope we laughed at it
Smart from the Cows, given how hard we’ve been chasing Hodgson for the last 6 weeks.
Robson doesn’t seem that great though, glad the club never entertained 700k for Lucy good player but not marquee.
Need to keep the youngsters now try get the. them to buy into Madges vision get blokes that are loyal like Farah and Rowdy and the likes that would bleed and die for the club.
If they are both that good, I doubt the Cows would be willing to give one of them up just for the sake of getting Luc a year early. Wouldn’t be very good business.
Unlike the tigers huh?
We’ve been doing pretty good business lately.
I was making a comparison on our Laurie MomoTrade.
That was not good business.
It was as so far as the First grade coach didn’t rate him as a priority. Whether Madge’s opinion of Momo was correct is for debate, but the club trading what was deemed a reserve centre for their first choice FB is great business
its official,the Cows r now dumber then we used 2b
and so are the eels
I hope the Eels implode in 2022…would love to see our “mate” Moses cry in the sheds again
him and Gutho. the “king” must be wondering why he signed on and Moses is probably half way out the door
The Wests Tigers will push North Queensland for a swap deal with one of their young gun backrowers if the Cowboys want Luciano Leilua released for 2022.
The Cowboys landed the shock signing of Leilua on a three-year deal worth around the $2.1 million on Wednesday but the Tigers will only release the backrower if both clubs can negotiate a fair and reasonable outcome.
North Queensland have two of the best emerging backrowers in the NRL in the form of Helium Luki and Jeremiah Nanai and the Tigers have already begun the process of trying to land one
Luki, 20, stands 195cms and impressed in 11 NRL matches last year when Cowboys coach Todd Payten opted to blood the generation next of talent in North Queensland.
The Tigers aren’t the only rival club eyeing Luki after the rookie backrower impressed with his first foray into the NRL.
Aside from his obvious traits of size, speed and athleticism, Luki made good judges sit up with an effort play against the New Zealand Warriors last season when he chased down a runaway Reece Walsh in a brilliant cover
Nanai, 18, is considered one of the best emerging talents in the game after making his NRL debut last year.
The rookie was included in the Cowboys NRL squad at the end of 2020 aged 17 and was rewarded with four NRL matches last year.
This is where the Cowboys signing of Leilua gets curious.
After missing out on Viliame Kikau North Queensland still had money to invest in a backrower for 2023 but have they really nailed a brilliant deal in paying Leilua $700,000-a-season?
Wests Tigers were only prepared to offer Leilua a contract worth around the $500,000-a-season mark.
Even more so if it costs them one of their rookie emerging backrowers in Luki or Nanai?
The Cowboys went down a similar path last year when they blew the Sharks out of the water by offering halfback Chad Townsend a three-year deal worth $2.1 million midway through last season.
They also signed another half in Tom Dearden - which led to Jake Clifford departing for Newcastle.
As much as Townsend, 30, and Leilua are solid NRL players there’s a view North Queensland have paid too much for both recruits.
It will now be up to coach Todd Payten to make it
This is so Dangerous for us.
Todd Payten will be watching his Players. In North Queensland they are isolated and their behaviour can be contained.
All Todd has to do is let us buy the player he does not want in:
" Helium Luki and Jeremiah Nanai"
Players can run riot up there. The team knows the community and they know who’s going to play well and who is not going to develop well.
Now Hopefully we get some good talent coming our way. Clearly both players are young promising Juniors. Still they are Juniors. Up for signing them but we have to be ready to train them well. So far our club hasn’t been great at a Junior factory.
He can mow the lawn on the hill for 2022….
Better make it a slow track so he can keep up.
I’m tipping even the lawn mower would break away from Luc
Damn those self propelled mowers, some of them can do as much as 4km/hr.
Fantastic reporting here by the mole
Leilua saga drags on
At this stage Luciano Leilua looks like staying at the Tigers for 2022 despite wanting out to join the Cowboys early - but watch this space.
The two clubs are talking regularly - and don’t forget Cowboys coach Todd Payten was a member of Tim Sheens’ “miracle” Tigers’ premiership-winning team of 2005 so the pair are great mates.
The Tigers are open to a player swap and named three young Cowboys forwards who they would happily swap for the enigmatic Leilua.
But the reply from the Cowboys came back as follow:
The clubs are continuing to work to try finding a solution, with the Tigers knowing deep down that there is little point keeping the big forward if he doesn’t want to be there.