@happy_tiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:
> 100-1 should be our odds of making the 8 in 2020
Done…$100 that we do…
$10K…I like it…
Wests Tigers have cranked up their recruitment drive by meeting Canberra giant Joey Leilua on Monday and completing the finer details on a contract they will offer Adam Doueihi in the next 48 hours.
Leilua met with club boss Justin Pascoe and coach Michael Maguire about swapping Canberra for Concord, despite having a year to run on his deal at the Green Machine.
Joey Leilua could be joining his younger brother Luciano at Wests Tigers this year.
The Tigers signed Joey’s younger brother Luciano for this season and are desperate to beef up their stocks in the outside backs.
Leilua, who stands to earn about $700,000 this season in his final year at Canberra, was already told he would not be offered a deal in 2021, and could do it tough to nail down his starting right-centre spot now Curtis Scott had arrived from Melbourne.
While the Tigers are yet to offer Leilua a deal, their pursuit of Doueihi is expected to get more serious in the coming days.
The Tigers have about $800,000 in their cap and can easily accommodate both this year.
South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett informed Doueihi last week he was free to pursue a starting fullback spot elsewhere, especially with Latrell Mitchell to be given first crack at No.1.
Doueihi was given his start in the NRL by former Souths coach Maguire and signed with the Rabbitohs at the time because of their lack of depth in the halves. The chance to be Benji Marshall’s long-term five-eighth understudy also has appeal.
Having the 190cm right-footed Doueihi and left-footed halfback Luke Brooks as the playmakers would seriously excite Tigers fans in future years.
Marshall, 35, next month, is held in such high regard at the club that Tigers officials are more than happy to entertain the idea of him playing on again should he feel physically and mentally fresh at the end of the season.
The Tigers have three spots to fill on their roster, and have not given up hope of luring teen prop Stefano Utoikamanu away from Parramatta a year early.
In Doueihi’s case, the big sticking point for any move will continue to be money, especially with the Lebanon international on a back-ended deal and collecting more than $500,000 this season, then over $600,000 next year.
Souths have already told Doueihi they are happy for him to see out the final two years, and they can accommodate him in their cap, but his best hope of playing could be off the bench.
Doueihi, a second cousin of dumped Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, had interest from the Waratahs before he signed his first NRL deal, but a return to the 15-man code was not on his radar.
"Rugby hasn’t been discussed as an option,’’ Doueihi’s agent Sam Ayoub said on Monday night.
In the space of a week or so, Joey has gone from 600k to 700k and WT from over 1M in cap to now 800k in cap 🧐
1.4 million by Wednesday
5 draws out of 7 games overnight; easy path for liVARpool now.
I honestly believe WHU are relegation bound
They don’t have enough goals in them to stay up
Reckon you might need 39 points this year and I can’t see us winning 5 more games
Turns out he had shingles, he spent Christmas in hospital.
He is very young to have shingles.
Why ? Isn’t it an offshoot of chicken pox. Can be caused by stress , and general worry ?
Yep…It’s what you get if you already had the pox as a kid…
The big attraction is he gets to play fullback as well as still receiving his current contract value.
Exactly Paws…beggers can’t be chooses.
Robert Jennings 2.0…
Who is …Thommo, AD, Paws or me?
Didn’t think you liked Souff’s rejects Russ…