Lock up your players, NRL clubs, because the Tigers are coming.
Having already boosted their side for next season with the additions of five-eighth Josh Reynolds, prop Ben Matulino and winger Malakai Watene-Zelezniak; as well as being linked to utility Tui Lolohea, outside back Peta Hiku and fullback Will Hopoate (among others), the Tigers are reportedly close to making a few more additions.
According to Fox Sports, the Tigers have tabled a 4-year-deal to Dragons prop Russell Packer. The offer is believed to be worth an extra $100,000 per season than the Dragons’ offer, and is also a year longer.
It’s previously been reported that the Tigers hope Packer’s friendship with Matulino might sway him to head to Concord.
In addition, the same report indicates that the Tigers have agreed to terms with former Bulldogs winger Corey Thompson and former Storm centre Mahe Fonua, both of whom have been plying their trade in the Super League.
Thompson’s release was confirmed by Widnes on Friday.
Whatever happens next year, the Tigers team will look vastly different from the 2017 model.