With Wests Tigers gutted by the departure of three of their biggest stars, the rebuild must begin. Here are six players they must target for 2018.
Rebuilding a club does not mean going exclusively with youth. That is a mistake the Tigers have made too often at the past. They have lost their top prop and skipper and were already short on forward depth. Graham is one of the most respected leaders and players in the game, hard-nosed with an incredible work ethic. He will bring a culture change the Tigers desperately need.
Canterbury captain James Graham admits his club’s pursuit of Wests Tigers skipper Aaron Woods may push him out of Belmore.
— Jason (@JasonNRL) April 12, 2017
If a big-money deal could lure any big-name player away from a power club like Brisbane, Milford is the one. He was attracted to the Broncos on the same premise and there have been concerns about his work ethic in Brisbane. He is a superstar on his day and is a player that could draw other talent.
With James Tedesco moving to the Roosters, the Chooks will need to shed talent and Ferguson will be first out the door. Signed on a big deal with the expectation he would play fullback, that hasn’t really worked out and he will be offered mid-tier centre money. He will get offers and his versatility should give the Tigers options considering they need a fullback and probably two centres and a wing.
Roosters’ Blake Ferguson, Michael Gordon, Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck, Daniel Tupou and Shaun Kenny-Dowall are all without deals beyond 2017.
— Jason (@JasonNRL) April 20, 2017
The player on this list most likely to sign, the Warriors prop has become stale in New Zealand under a parade of underqualified coaches who continue to misuse him. A talented player on his feet, he should be used like Jesse Bromwich – a combination of force and subtlety. Will be a huge signing.
James Hooper reports Ben Matulino has been offered a 3 year deal at WT
— NBWT (@NBWT__) April 24, 2017
The Cowboys speedster has been unable to get much of a crack in a deep North Queensland three-quarter line and will surely be jonesing for an opportunity. His speed is rare and he just needs some polish. David Nofoaluma is the only Tigers outside back who should be certain to retain his position in 2018.
— rugbyleaguehub.com (@leaguehubcom) April 15, 2017
On the outs at Souths for reasons that make no sense, Rochow will surely be looking to move to his fourth club in five years come season’s end. He can play in the middle or on an edge, has a huge work-rate and runs strong lines.
Robbie Rochow drops out of 17 for Rabbitohs
— Wackos Whispers (@WackosWhispers) March 31, 2017