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.