Read on for the latest NRL Transfer Whispers.
TIGERS SET TO MAKE PLAY FOR KNIGHTS UTILITY
The Tigers are reportedly interested in signing Knights utility Connor Watson as a replacement for the Dragons bound Moses Mbye.
The Australian’s Brent Read reported on Triple M that while the Knights are still the frontrunners for Watson’s signature, the Tigers are set to make a play for his services.
“The Knights had a meeting with Connor Watson scheduled for last week and that meeting went ahead with Newcastle about his future,” Read said on Triple M.
“He is off-contract at the end of this year and the Knights are confident they will keep him, but they are bracing for other clubs to come in for him.
“The club they think is going to make a move for Connor Watson is the Wests Tigers and the reason for that is Moses Mbye is currently at the Wests Tigers filling that utility role.
“He is headed to the Dragons next year and the Knights thought whichever club didn’t have Moses Mbye next year would make a play for Connor Watson out of the Tigers and the Dragons.
“It is going to the be Tigers. The Knights are still confident they will keep Watson, but they are concerned.
“They are looking over their shoulders and they expect the Tigers to make a move sooner rather than later for Connor Watson.
“He is an important player for the Knights and a very popular member of the squad. He is close to Kalyn Ponga because they live together.”
The 25-year-old has scored 23 tries in 98 games for the Roosters and Knights since his debut back in 2016.
TIGERS TIPPED FOR OFF-SEASON SHAKE-UP IN BID TO LAND BIG NAME
The Tigers may look to offload Luke Brooks in the off-season in a bid to produce some money to spend in their salary cap.
The Australian’s Brent Read Rreported on Triple M that Moses Mbye is set to join the Dragons, but the Tigers will still have to pay a lot of his salary and the club wants to sign a big name desperately after missing out on Tevita Pangai Jr among other stars this season.
“The Tigers have got some money to spend and they have had a lash at a few players now and missed them,” Read said on Triple M.
“They need some sort of kill.
“Jackson Hastings can also play the utility role, depending on what happens with Luke Brooks at the end of the year.
“That is the big if what happens with Luke Brooks. I think at the end of the year they are going to have to make a decision about Luke Brooks on whether they keep him or let him go.
“Brooks has some value in the market place. You wouldn’t have to pay a lot of his wage, which is what they are going to have to do with Moses Mbye.
“He is going to the Dragons next year on around $450,000 and that leaves $400,000 left over that the Tigers are going to have to carry in their salary cap.
“You wouldn’t have that problem with Luke Brooks and it just feels like it is not working there.
“In the off-season I expect some change at the Wests Tigers. We see that already with Moses Mbye and Russell Packer will leave.
“They are the last of those big contracts that Madge inherited. They are the last two guys of that era.”
Is this article completely made up? We already have money for next year. I’m a little bit lost for any real information in here, or is it purely just guessing now.