I don’t see how a player swap can be done in the NRL, all the other team can do is release a player early but only if he signs with us. Why would the Titans want to swap Arrow for Matterson anyway? Arrow is currently the better player, they can’t be that desperate to save cap money.
The package deal sounds more likely, they can have Matterson only if they sign Packer, Reynolds or someone else Madge would like to release. The Tigers player would also have to agree to the deal, would we have to pay some of their contract?
The player being released for the swap will have a great bargaining position.
The titans would swap Arrow for Matterson if they knew that arrow was definitely leaving in 2021. If arrow leaves they’ll have a hard time replacing him as they’re a laughing stock. If he’s going and they can guarantee a replacement that’s a long term win for them. Because in 2021 they have Matterson, rather than neither which is what will happen if they don’t agree
They can’t force Arrow to come here if he doesn’t want to. I don’t know who the he’ll we’ll end up with but I’m guessing they won’t be as good a player as Matterson was for us. Unfortunately we are stuck between a rock and a hard place - keeping Matterson will cause team disharmony, letting him go elsewhere doesn’t guarantee us getting a decent player in return.
Arrow has stated that he is interested in moving to Sydney so that his wife can get more work as a model.
Sydney yes, but that doesn’t mean he wants to play for the Wests Tigers. Plenty of other more attractive options in Sydney.