A lot of rumors and innuendo have been floating around since the latest round of mid season trades were announced. The Tigers, usually on the quiet this time of year, have been in the middle of the action.
The team at Brisbane Wests Tigers central at South Brisbane has compiled a list of rumours we are hearing/researching. We hope this transparency will appease after a slight mishap earlier in the week when we were mislead by a (now deleted) source.
The remainder of this article is categorically based on hearsay and what comes out of the beige – now brown – brisbane wests tigers fans fax machine. So get your salt, get spoon and eat as you read on…
It has been said that the nucleus Wests Tigers squad has had four years to make it work. Apart from last year, we haven’t made any huge progress since 2005. Many believe the lack of a quality half, full back and some pigs that bend the line are the biggest problems.
Another significant factor, and something Farah reminds us of, is that we are getting slowed down in the play the ball, resulting in our mobile forward pack losing its lustre. Several factors have contributed to a trade-a-thon,which will see a change of faces in the club.
- Sheens getting his new contract. Some players might have been hanging on hoping for a coaching change. Likewise, the new contract might have come with a bit of a nudge from Humphreys, resulting in Sheens needing to make improvements in certain areas from next year. Perhaps several KPIs have been established where previously they were missing?
- Being honest, while we all have alot of love for our favourite players, some of them have simply not kicked on like we had hoped.
- Remember some players might be looking for greener pastures, they do have lives outside football, and some have origin on the brain.
Rumour 1: Josh Dugan will be signed or is being looked at to sign with the club. It has been also rumoured that he will be going to the Roosters from 2013. We believe this rumour has an element of truth to it, but time will tell. Likelihood of happening = 4/10.
Rumour 2: Lui to the Broncos to play in his favoured #6. There has been a stack of talk around Lockyer’s replacement. The Broncos have been planning for this change for some time and they have some great players coming through in Norman and Hoffman to name just two. But who will back up the back ups? The club is looking for depth, Lui is young and versatile, being a part of the QLD emerging squad he would want to put himself in front of the selectors and fans week in, week out. It is believed the Broncos came onto the scene once Souths had moved on. Likelihood of happening = 7/10.
Rumour 3: The Sharks are circling, and seem to be the retirement club of choice for the Tigers boys. The fax reports the Sharks are having talks with Moltzen, BUT these talks seemed to have cooled somewhat after the discovery of Chad Townend. Still, the Sharks would like more depth in the halves and Moltzen seems to carry the “utility” tag these days. Not to be put off, some say the Broncos are keen to talk to Tim as well. Seen as a first grade half by most earlier in his career, his development has stuttered, mainly due to injury. Running strongly with confidence, a returning Tim Moltzen would be one I would like to Tigers to keep, but alas it sounds unlikely. Likelihood of signing with the Sharks = 6/10. Likelihood of signing with the Broncos = 3/10.
Rumour 4: Shackelton to the Tigers. This one came completely out of the blue, but again from an extremely reliable source. Shackelton was a mile eater and big in defence two years ago. Coming back from injury he hasn’t quite captured his former power. Likelihood of happening = 8/10.
Rumour 5: The Blair hitch project. The Tigers have been trying to get Blair to sign on the dotted line for weeks, and the devil may well be in the detail. The deal is basically done and neither party is likely to walk away at this point. Likelihood of happening = 9.5/10.
Rumour 6: Daniela to the Broncos. Due to lack of impact apart from his three try special last year, Daniela has struggled to get a jersey. It’s a shame he is injured now as he could really put his stamp on a spot with the current injury crisis. We believe the club is looking for more size out wide. Will he go to the Broncos? Likelihood of happening = 3/10. Expect park footy for Daniela, or better yet he gets signed by a rival club. The fax machine is dreadfully quiet on this.
Rumour 7: Ryan and Flanagan to Penrith. The Ryan situation is well documented, however Flanno is a bit of a surprise packet. He hasn’t really had the best run with the Tigers, and it is likely this move is mutal. We understand Penrith see Flanno as a handy addition in the utility role. Likelihood of Flanno to the Panthers = 4/10.
Rumour 8: C Heighington, the much loved workhorse. Here is the saga so far. The club has told Chris that he will most likely start on the bench next year. With the loss of Fifita and Gibbs and possibly Fulton and Flanno, this is a stong indication that there are a few forward signings to come. You can take it as a bit of a challenge to Chris, the Tigers forward pack won’t be a walk up start anymore. Now this may have come as a surprise to Chris, and possibly hurt him somewhat, but he is a man and must rise to the challenge. The Tigers will not allow Chris to break contract to play for another NRL club. He only recently signed a new contract and the Tigers have allowed him to test his worth in ESL. Likelihood of signing with the Panthers = 2/10. Likelihood of signing with an ESL club = 2/10. Likelihood of playing on at the Tigers = 6/10.
Rumour 9: Fulton to the Sharks. Source, Brad Fittler. Unfounded at this time. Likelihood of happening = 4/10.
Rumour 10: Benji to union or the Broncos. This is complete garbage, he is on contract and not going anywhere. Likelihood of happening = 0/10.
Rumour 11: McKinnon to ESL. Confirmed. Payten to retire. Confirmed.
Rumor 12: Ayshford has been bumped up in salary and taken up what was McKinnon’s salary. Likely, with contract negotiations underway.
Rumor 13: Moors has not been sighted this year so draw your own conclusions. Hint, they should involve a door and a different coloured jersey.
Rumour 14: Miller is the real deal, he could be our 7 for a decade if everything goes right. Likelihood of happening = 9/10.
Okay folks, this is everything we have got. Draw your own conclusions or feel free to email us if you have heard anything. We have tried our hardest to get as much information as possible and we will happily provide more as the fax informs us.
You can stop eating salt now, perhaps have a glass of water…
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