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anyone got any highlights of him or seen him play

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we should sign thier 5/8 that kiwi kid to partner brooks

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@WT2K said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

The Wests Tigers have snuck under the guard of Parramatta to steal one of the hottest young talents in the game on a three-year deal.

The Tigers have secured the services of hulking prop Stefano Utoikamanu from 2021 with one of the largest contracts for a player yet to make his NRL debut, understood to be worth around $800,000.

Parramatta were desperate to retain the 192cm, 115kg teenage sensation, who has drawn comparisons to Broncos sensation Payne Haas.

On the back of Ryan Matterson’s defection to the Eels, the Tigers have managed to land the major coup and are also expected to sign Dragons forward Luciano Leilua in the coming days.

It is understood the Tigers, who are also the frontrunners for Latrell Mitchell, want the Australian Schoolboys representative to join the club immediately to play for them in the NRL in 2020.

However, the Eels earmarked Utoikamanu, who grew up playing against the likes of Haas and David Fifita, to make his debut in 2020 and now have a decision to make whether to keep him at the club or let him link with the Tigers immediately.

NRL.com understands Utoikamanu, who is on a development contract with the Eels and is no guarantee of being bumped up into the NRL squad, stands to earn almost triple the original offer the Eels put to him midway through the year.

Stefano Utoikamanu in training with NSW under 20s in 2019.
Stefano Utoikamanu in training with NSW under 20s in 2019.
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The Eels raised their offer in recent weeks – and again on Thursday night in a desperate bid to hold on to him – however Utoikamanu had already reached a decision.

The strength of the Eels pack, with Junior Paulo and Reagan Campbell-Gillard starting up front, was also a factor – especially considering there are far fewer obstacles in front of him at the Tigers.

The Eels also have no shortage of depth in the front row, with NSW under 18s Origin front-rower Dave Hollis on their roster, as well as Sam Hughes, who was picked but missed the game due to suspension.

Tigers coach Michael Maguire is desperate to add some size and starch to his pack, and the signing of Utoikamanu, who represented the NSW under 20s last season, is sure to do that whenever he arrives at Concord.

Utoikamanu scored the match-winning try for NSW in a man-of-the-match performance in the under 18s Origin game last year, backing that up with 149 metres from 11 hit-ups for the Blues in the under 20s victory this year.
https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/11/22/wests-tigers-snare-teen-tyro-utoikamanu-from-eels-grasp/

signing promising juniors and or players below 24 is definitely the way to go!! build to 2021!

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would it be possible for the tigers to chase Val Holmes?

Although i reckon LM is better.

could we chase both?

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@Spartan117 said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

@trentrunciman said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

why is there a debate whether we should sign him or not? we signed josh reynolds; russel packer; ben matalino and that other tatted up guy from souths. Common people!

LM i reckon is one of the top players in the comp!

Hey bud.

I Think your post answers your own question .

We Tigers fans have a cautious spirit precisely because the same CEO signed or oversaw the recruitment of those u named above.

understood

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Most handsome player in the NRL. Get him modelling your merch Wests Tigers!

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@TIGER said in M'BYE:

Too much, I still can’t believe he’s our captain.
Great bloke, average player, not captain material and getting paid overs.

x100000

game breaker? no
does anything outstanding? no
intangibles? no
commentator of NRL on Fox? not bad, yeah…

kicks goals alright

but then again our whole squad isn’t anything to be too excited about to be honest. A squad full of solid players (not outstanding).

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i just wanted to add that Ben Simmons hit his first 3 pointer! WOW! Congrats Simmo! Latrell might earn 1 million a season but Simmo is earning 35 million USD a year ! haha

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why is there a debate whether we should sign him or not? we signed josh reynolds; russel packer; ben matalino and that other tatted up guy from souths. Common people!

LM i reckon is one of the top players in the comp!

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@supercoach said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

If we are serious about doing some damage in 2020 we need a no9. People we’re talking about a bloke like Connor Watson and I agree he would fit the bill perfectly.
I don’t see anyone on our books at present who will get the job done at the level required. Some have talked about Britten as he was CC cup player of the year, I remind you Killer MAC was also CCplayer of the year and never made it at NRL level

agree 100% man we need a 9, player who touches the ball the most & we don’t have one. Although connor watson in my opinion is not the guy. stop gap-yes.