Tigers’ trade offer to Raiders never happened, but NRL leaders get creative as deadline draws near
League officials turned down an offer from the Tigers to trade half-back Luke Brooks and utility Moses Mbye for Josh Hodgson of Canberra and Origin, the eighth Jack Wighton never made.
- The NRL transfer deadline for this season is August 1
- Clubs have denied that a swap offer between the Tigers and Raiders was ever made
- Loans, swaps and early releases are increasingly common in the NRL
Still, the explosive episode highlights the growing creativity that NRL clubs pursue with their recruiting, as loans, trades and early departures of players become more common.
The claim for the proposed trade, and the rejection of it by the Raiders, was made on Fox Sports on Tuesday night.
However, the Wests Tigers maintain that Brooks is a valued member of the team.
The Tigers are reshaping their alignment around emerging leader Adam Doueihi after several major acquisitions failed.
Earlier in the evening, coach Michael Maguire insisted on Radio Nine that Brooks was not shopping.
“It’s been a regular conversation since I’ve been here for two or three years. I don’t know, it continues to do the trick.”
This remains the club’s position.
Tigers and Raiders officials had informal discussions about players of interest, but the offer that was reported was never made.
These types of discussions take place regularly between NRL executives and few result in formal offers.
But more creative deals are starting to be made.
The Tigers loaned Harry Grant to The Storm last season, sending center Paul Momirovski the other way around, the very first arrangement of its kind.
At the start of the season, Momirovski was away again, this time at Penrith on a permanent contract.
In exchange, the Tigers signed Panthers full-back Daine Laurie, who impressed this season in his first season as a starter.
Pangai Jr in major movement
Penrith’s recruiting strategy made headlines again this week when they were linked with Tevita Pangai Jr in a deal to only cover the remainder of the season.
The Broncos forward announced yesterday that he will join the Bulldogs next season, but his club would have been happy to let him go sooner.
Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher told Channel Nine that the club spoke to Pangai Jr’s agent several weeks ago, but no deal was reached.
“He’s a quality player, but it didn’t make sense,” he said.
“We have a great list.”
However, reports today revealed that the deal is back, with both teams juggling wages to ensure they stay under the salary cap.
The Broncos have so far refused to confirm the arrangement.
Pangai Jr hasn’t played for the Broncos since losing 46-0 to the Souths a month ago.
Tigers coach Michael Maguire said his club were disappointed to miss Pangai Jr.
“We’re very disciplined about how we want to do things, and I guess unfortunately you’re missing out on something,” he said last night.
The transfer deadline for this season is August 1.