This is a somewhat surprising report given the Panthers’ enormous depth in the forwards, but at the right price, it could be an absolute steal.
According to 7Sport, off-contract Tigers forward Tim Grant has been linked to a potential return to the Panthers next year.
It was revealed last month that Grant had yet to activate his 2018 option, as he holds out hope of securing a better offer elsewhere. That said, he mustn’t be getting bombarded with calls if he’s even considering a Penrith homecoming, with the Panthers reportedly only open to offering “a modest two-year deal”, that would likely see Grant in reserve grade behind the logjam of talented forwards at the foot of the mountains.
Given Grant’s pedigree as a former State of Origin player, you’d expect he could be of value to a team with a more pressing need in the engine room (the Knights and Warriors spring to mind), but if he wishes to remain in western Sydney, the Panthers might turn out to be his only option.
For what it’s worth, current Tigers coach Ivan Cleary was in charge at the Panthers when Grant left for his largely unsuccessful sojourn to the Rabbitohs. There, he played just a single season in 2015, despite having signed a four-year deal that should have seen him contracted at Souths until the end of next year.
Grant has played 179 first grade games for the Tigers, Rabbitohs and Panthers, and 2 Origins for New South Wales.