Now that they’ve withdrawn their offers to James Tedesco and Aaron Woods, the Tigers aren’t wasting any time spending that money elsewhere.
According to SMH, the Tigers have agreed to terms with Warriors prop Ben Matulino for 2018. Matulino had been linked to the Tigers through his connection with former Warriors coach Ivan Cleary.
In addition to the signing of Matulino, the same report claims the Tigers are pursuing Panthers five-eighth Te Maire Martin, potentially as soon as this week.
The Tigers are said to have unsuccessfully tried to poach Roosters utility Connor Watson and Warriors fullback/half Tui Lolohea, but look like having more luck in their pursuit of Martin. It’s suggested that the Panthers would be willing to release Martin, if he wishes to do so.
Elsewhere, Channel 7 are reporting that the Tigers have made a big-money play for Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds. That offer, said to be worth $3 million over 4 seasons, would be almost double what he’s being offered by Canterbury. If true, that would make a move to the Tigers for Martin career suicide, as Reynolds and Brooks would be positioned as the long-term halves. For this reason, we’d expect the Tigers to land one or the other, but not both (though they plan to use one in an alternative position).
If they were able to gain Martin immediately, it would free up Mitchell Moses to head to Parramatta this year.
Martin has played 13 first grade games for the Panthers, and 1 Test for New Zealand.