Benji Marshall faces the first crucial test of his leadership and diplomacy skills in coming weeks.
Benji is keen to bring local junior Mitchell Moses back to the Tigers from Parramatta and sees him as the answer to the club’s play-making problems.
But some senior officials at the Tigers don’t want Moses back – he wasn’t a good fit at the club in his first stint there and he isn’t a popular figure with Tigers players.
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Only a few weeks back, he took a blatant dive when barely touched by Tigers debutant Justin Matamua, who was promptly sent to the sin bin and placed on report … and subsequently cleared.
Benji must weigh-up the other aspects that go into signing a player besides ability – the great coaches mould teams built on harmony and comradeship as well as talent.
Moses, meanwhile, has put talks with the Eels on hold until after the club finishes its playing commitments, and there is a big chance he will head to the November 1 negotiations deadline day unsigned.
Dragons eye Tigers prop
The Dragons are keen to sign Tigers prop Zane Musgrove for next season.
Musgrove is on contract at Concord for two more years but the Tigers may let him go to the Big Red V if the two clubs can do a deal.
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The Dragons are desperate for more size up front – they lost Daniel Alvaro to French club Toulouse mid-year and Tariq Sims (Melbourne) and Josh McGuire (Warrington) at the end of the season.
To date, they’ve only signed Jacob Liddle for 2023 and there are few big men on the market, hence their interest in Musgrove.
Parramatta’s remarkable turnaround
The Eels made the finals of the NRLW in remarkable circumstances on Sunday, pulling off an upset 28-16 win over Brisbane to leapfrog the Broncos into fourth spot.
It was the Eels’ first win of the season after four straight losses and came at the end of a dramatic week for the club.
I’ve been told the players and coach Dean Widders had a brutal behind-closed-doors talk on Thursday night.
Angry and frustrated at the lack of results, several players vented and the night ended on a frosty note.
But the truth session did the trick – the Eels were rank outsiders against the Broncos yet came up with a highly impressive win.
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Sharks lose boom teen
Fresh from losing one of the game’s hottest teenagers, Cooper Toy to the Roosters, the Sharks have lost yet another young gun to the Chooks.
Cronulla are filthy that the Roosters snuck under their guard to sign 15-year-old Gymea Gorrilla utility back Zane Cordi.
Daniel Anderson personally recruited him and Cordi is expected to be parachuted into the Harold Matthews Cup next season despite being a year younger than most of the team.
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