While the Tigers have been steadily making moves to sort out their 2018 roster, prop Tim Grant has been in no such hurry to decide on his own immediate playing future.
According to Fox Sports, Grant has a 2018 option in his favour, but has yet to activate it for next season. The report indicates that Grant – who would be best known to most NRL fans as “that bloke who put Petero Civoniceva on his backside” – has until the end of August to make a decision.
We can’t blame Grant for taking his time. In a world in which teams such as the Knights can’t find enough NRL-quality forwards to fill their roster, it makes perfect sense for Grant to hold out in the hope of getting a better offer elsewhere.
For teams lacking forward depth, the opportunity to add a former Origin forward, who could likely be had for a song, is exactly the kind of low-risk, high-reward move that can potentially give their roster a massive edge. In the event that Grant is unable to secure a better offer elsewhere, he still has the opportunity to activate his option, and play on in 2018 with Wests.
While Grant is unlikely to ever recapture the form that saw him picked for New South Wales, you’d think he’d be a decent option for an NRL club somewhere. The Tigers might just have to wait another month or so to know if it’ll be with them.
Grant has played 177 first grade games for the Tigers, Rabbitohs and Panthers, and 2 Origins for New South Wales.