Well, they’re not Jack Bird or Matt Scott, but the Knights are reportedly close to adding two players who are a sizable upgrade over what they’ve currently got.
According to Fox Sports, the Knights are close to adding young Broncos Tautau Moga and Herman Ese’ese, with Broncos CEO Paul White admitting that “there will probably be some player movement over the next few weeks”.
“Nothing has been finalised, but we will be under pressure to keep Tautau,” White said. “The reason is that we are operating on a salary cap that is yet to be determined.”
“We will have limitations to what we can offer a player like that, but other clubs won’t have the limitation.”
Of course, all clubs have the same limitation (that is, the salary cap), and indeed, the Broncos ability to secure third-party deals arguably makes that limitation less of a problem for them. The real limitation is that they chose to invest heavily in Bird, keeping him away from the Knights, and in turn leaving the Novocastrians with a giant chest of money with which to raid the Broncos.
And that appears to be what’s happening, with the report indicating that Moga is “set to jump at a chance to nab a cashed-up Knights offer from 2018; while Ese’ese “will also reportedly link with Newcastle next year”.
So, let this be a lesson to all NRL teams: hell hath no fury like a Nathan Brown scorned.
Moga has played 47 matches for the Broncos, Cowboys and Roosters, and 3 Tests for Samoa.
Ese’ese has played 23 matches for the Broncos and Bulldogs, and 1 Test for Samoa.