The Wests Tigers could reportedly part ways with second-rower Luke Garner this off-season which could free up money to chase unwanted Dragons star Tariq Sims.
Brent Read reported on Triple M that the Tigers could look to offload Garner before next season, while the club has also been linked with a play for the Blues Origin enforcer.
“There has been some talk around Luke Garner for a couple of years now and he was linked with Manly last year,” Read said on Triple M.
“There has been a bit of a freeze on player movement at the Tigers while they resolve the coaching situation, but Luke Garner’s name has appeared on the radar of some other NRL clubs.
“My sense is he may leave over the off-season and it depends on which club is interested. Manly is a club that has been linked with previously.
“At the moment Manly don’t have the room to fit him in but if Marty Taupau happens to go and Marty has been given permission to explore his options on the open market then maybe that brings Manly into play.
“They have a relationship with Luke Garner. He played under-20s with Tom Trbojevic so he is good friends with Trbojevic and I believe he still lives on the Northern Beaches.
“That is one to watch and it will hinge on the coaching situation at the Tigers and also what happens with Marty Taupau and if he finds another club and if he decides to move in the off-season.”
Read also believes Garner’s potential defection could free up space for the Tigers to chase Sims or former Bulldogs back-rower Adam Elliott.
“I wonder if it also has implications for either Tariq Sims or Adam Elliott,” Read said.
“The Tigers have been linked with both those guys. If they are willing to let Luke Garner go that would suggest that perhaps they think that one of those guys is going to arrive.
“So maybe that is a hint for a potential destination for Sims or Elliott.”
This is a BS quote from a headline grabbing Thief. Tigers have a surplus in their salary cap to purcahase Sims if they want, dont need to unload anybody. Read is clearly a DS !