Humbly, we think this particular story is drawing a pretty long bow, but feel free to read it and make up your own minds.
According to SMH, the Tigers are hopeful that forward Adam Woods will be prevented from joining the Bulldogs due to salary cap issues, and would be prepared to re-sign him, if the opportunity presents itself.
As the story goes, the Bulldogs have signed close to $10 million worth of talent for next year, and if they’re unable to get under the expected $9.2 million salary cap, they’ll be prevented from registering their most recently signed contracts. Fair enough.
The issue we take with the report is that Woods isn’t the most recent signing. In fact, he’s not even close.
The most recent signings are (in order from most recent to oldest): Kerrod Holland, Adam Elliott, Marcelo Montoya, Will Hopoate, Fa’amanu Brown, Kieran Foran, and then Adam Woods. If the Bulldogs aren’t able to get under the cap (and it’s worth remembering that they’ve already outlined a plan to the NRL of how they intend to become cap compliant, which was presumably considered acceptable), there’s easily $800,000 worth of talent to be blocked before it gets to Woods, so it seems hugely unlikely that his contract wouldn’t be registered in the first place.
It’s conceivably possible that the Bulldogs could choose to release Woods if he were to request it; but there’s been suggestion that he would, and there’s no guarantee that they’d grant it anyway.
So no, we don’t think there’s much chance of Woods remaining at the Tigers, but given how their season’s gone, you can’t blame a Tigers fan for dreaming.