Very talented footballer, I remember about 6 months ago I saw a comment saying they wish we bought Kato Ottio to start him at the Tigers. Massive loss to Rugby League.
R.I.P Kato Ottio
I think the next players we will sign are a wing, prop and back row. perhaps Rona, Graham and Glenn are tragets??? I think re-sign McIlwrick, Sausoe Sue (2 year deal wit option in clubs favour) and Ballin (1 year). I think Gamble should be our back up half so Littlejohn can go and Naiqama and Idris are Super League-Bound.
Hopefully the Transfers have just started.
Rumoured To Approach:
Off Contract: Matt Ballin, Joel Edwards, Tim Grant, Watson Heleta, Justin Hunt, Jamal Idris, Jack Littlejohn, Kyle Lovett, Matt McIlwrick, Kevin Naiqama.
I’d take Gordon for 1 year with a one year option in our favour. He is a good goal kicker and the best fullback at our club. Tui would learn his craft under him and would be a utility. Preferably Connor Watson and Tui fight it out as fullback but it sounds like he is going to the knights.
Is Watson going to Knights?
is this a bad signing, Michael Gordon, we’re linked to him. Jack has no idea
Are Wests Tigers recruiting the right players?
Jack Blyth - June 9, 2017 - 8:49 pm
The Wests Tigers have announced the signings of former NRL backs Corey Thompson and Mahe Fonua on two-year deals this week, begging the question, are they signing the right players?
Fonua and Thompson join Josh Reynolds, Ben Matulino, Russell Packer, Chris McQueen and Tuimoala Lolohea at Concord in 2018 but almost all of the recruits have a common theme – inconsistency.
Russell Packer has genuinely revamped his career in 2017 following two years of controversy, while Chris McQueen has been solid since joining the Gold Coast last season.
But for the rest of the bunch, each and every player has struggled with consistency over their first-grade career.
Lolohea has spent the majority of this season in reserve grade before he joined the Tigers, while Matulino has also had stints in the Intrust Super Premiership in 2017.
Josh Reynolds is arguably the club’s biggest signing for next season, but he also asks the biggest questions.
There’s no doubting Reynolds enthusiasm and competitiveness, but more than anything, Wests need structure. Luke Brooks needs a structured halves partner. By signing Reynolds, coach Ivan Cleary is setting the black and gold up for the same conundrum Canterbury are currently heaped in.
Having two off-the-cuff halves in the form of Josh Reynolds and Moses Mbye have impaired the Bulldogs heavily this year, scoring some amazing tries, but bombing the simplest of them.
The introduction of Matt Frawley into the NRL was a blessing to the Dogs, but even he couldn’t help Canterbury in last week’s 38-0 loss to Penrith.
One possible saviour to this Tigers conundrum rests on one current rumour doing the rounds. Rooster’s young gun Connor Watson is trapped behind in-form halves Luke Keary and Mitchell Pearce, while the signing of James Tedesco has blocked a possible move to fullback for the young prodigy.
Watson has been in hot demand after claiming the Auckland Nines Player of the Tournament earlier this year, and with the Tigers early favourites to snare his signature, it could open the door for Reynolds to move to hooker.
While youngster Jacob Liddle recently ‘got on the bus’ and re-signed until the end of 2019, there are doubts over his ability to play a full 80 minutes. Matt McIllwrick has been solid this season, but he doesn’t possess the X-factor required to really push the top teams.
All this begs the question – have the Tigers recruited smartly so far? Would throwing the player’s salary at Cooper Cronk have been a wiser move? It’s still a year until we’ll know, but the early signs aren’t great.
I think he’s still got a bench spot. If Matulino and Packer are the starting front row with Lawrence and Mcqueen on the edges. I think Sue, Grant, Masters and Aloiai are a likely bench, with one dropping off if we keep us this interchange hooker business. Felise seems to be out of favour; not sure why.
Im pretty sure Twal will be on the bench