Five blokes the Tigers need to poach

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    The beautiful thing about the NRL’s salary cap is that it means if you’re down in the dumps, you can start again, and it’s time the Tigers had a cleanout.

    1. Ivan Cleary (coach)
    Now that coach Jason Taylor has been unceremoniously sacked, the Tigers have left the job to assistant Andrew Webster, which is a sensible decision, albeit their only one.

    Plenty of fans are hoping NYC coach and former player Todd Payten will take the reins in 2018, however having a coach who had previously worn the jersey only a handful of years ago would be going backwards. You can’t do well with having a ‘boys club’. Just because he’s an old mate of yours, doesn’t mean he’s the best for the job.

    Former Warriors and Panthers coach Ivan Cleary is a name that comes to mind when thinking of a coach with plenty of potential. He’s lead teams to preliminary finals and grand finals in his time and has a great tactical mindset, and no doubt he’d be able to unleash the attacking juggernaut the Tigers are capable of being.

    I also must mention that he’ll be coaching Lebanon in this year’s Rugby League World Cup, with Tigers half Mitch Moses claiming his allegiance, and no doubt he’d be looking to get into his ear about getting a coaching gig at the club.

    2. Tyrone Roberts (Gold Coast Titans, halfback/five-eighth)
    Speaking of halves, it’s time the Tigers parted ways with either Luke Brooks or Mitch Moses, especially considering what they’re reportedly demanding.

    Based on form and potential I’d be waving bye bye to Brooks, who has been a bit of a let down so far in his career.

    Gold Coast utility Tyrone Roberts has been given the cold shoulder by the club, who have instilled the evergreen Ash Taylor and Kane Elgey into the 6 and 7 jersey, leaving Roberts on the bench.

    At 25 years old Roberts is nearing his peak as a player and would thrive as a starting half, just like he did last year when he helped lead the Titans into the finals for the first time in half a decade.

    It’s something I’ve been complaining about for a while, and the Tigers need an experienced half to steer the ship and put in the clutch plays when needed.

    Roberts is also capable of playing anywhere in the spine and has a knack for kicking goals.

    Tigers player Mitchell Moses

    3. Will Chambers (Melbourne Storm, centre)
    A big weakness the Tigers have is their defence on the edges, which is prone to leak points. Enter Storm centre Will Chambers.

    Chambers is a representative centre that is great at plugging up defensive lapses in the line, and also has a habit of scoring tries.

    His experience would also rub off on the less experienced outside backs like David Nofoaluma, Moses Suli and Kevin Naiqama, and at 28 years of age he would be the perfect mentor for the up and comers.

    There is doubt that he’d move from Melbourne however he has done before in the past with a stint in rugby union, so you can never say never.

    4. Alex Glenn (Brisbane Broncos, backrow)
    Going back and forth between starting and reverting to the bench is something that Alex Glenn has dealt with most of his career, and while some players aren’t too fussed, there’s a great opportunity for him at the Tigers.

    Balmain legend and former engine room extraordinaire Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach claimed that the Tigers’ forwards haven’t been the same since the departure of English backrower Gareth Ellis, and I agree wholeheartedly with him.

    The current backrow lacks aggression and purpose, which is what Glenn specialises in.

    With Jai Arrow and Tevita Pangai hot on his trail, the New Zealand international would easily slide into the Tigers backrow with fellow Kiwis Elijah Taylor and Josh Aloiai to make a mean back row only missing Jake The Muss to round it off, bro.

    5. Matt Scott (North Queensland Cowboys, prop)
    After succumbing to an unfortunate ACL injury, it was rumoured that the Newcastle Knights had gone cold on their offer for Matt Scott.

    I can understand why the would, at 31 Scott isn’t getting any younger, and injuries have been affecting his form over the last few seasons.

    But the situation could be a blessing in disguise and he would make a great pickup for the Tigers.

    You can never knock a champion, and that’s exactly what Matt Scott is.

    Having played over 200 games for the Cowboys, 22 for Queensland and 22 for Australia, and captaining North Queensland to their maiden premiership in 2015, why wouldn’t you want him in your side?

    A two-year deal would be vindictive for not only the Tigers go forward but also for their skipper Aaron Woods, who is walking a path similar of that to his Kangaroos teammate. His experience would be invaluable to a team struggling to get on the front foot and stay in games.

    So I ask you this, would this team make the Top 8 in 2018? Let me know in the comments, because I very well think it could.

    1. James Tedesco
    2. David Nofoaluma
    3. Will Chambers
    4. Moses Suli
    5. Kevin Naiqama
    6. Mitch Moses
    7. Tyrone Roberts
    8. Matt Scott
    9. Jacob Liddle
    10. Aaron Woods (c)
    11. Alex Glenn
    12. Josh Aloiai
    13. Elijah Taylor

    14. Tim Grant
    15. Suaso Sue
    16. Ava Seumanufagai
    17. Chris Lawrence

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    • March 21st 2017 @ 9:29am
      andrew said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:29am | ! Report

      Agree on all 5, but with the exception of Cleary who doesn’t currently have an NRL job and maybe Roberts, I don’t know why Glenn, Scott or Chambers would want to go to the Tigers. They are all in better places right now.

    • March 21st 2017 @ 9:41am
      no one in particular said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:41am | ! Report

      Tyrone Roberts isn’t a first grader

      Giving big money to a prop like Scott is a bad, bad move. Especially one the wrong side of 30 and off a serious injury. How many forwards signed on big coin live up to it? See Ben Hannant, Kade Snowden, Luke Douglas, Adam Blair, Antonio Kaufusi, Justin Poore, Martin Kennedy, Glenn Stewart, Anthony Watmough

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        March 21st 2017 @ 9:58am
        Renegade said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:58am | ! Report

        forwards signed up on big coin living up to it?

        Taumalolo, Gallen, Lewis, Fifita, Bromwich, J Graham, S Burgess, Teo, Tamou, Hoffman, Papalii…..

        The Tigers pack is rubbish, they need someone even if its a middle tier forward.

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      March 21st 2017 @ 9:54am
      Renegade said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:54am | ! Report

      The Tigers were absolutely woeful…. I thought they were bad against the Panthers and then were even worse against the Raiders – it just looks like they were making a statement to force the clubs hand on the coach.

      The club is a shambles and player power is still running supreme…. the funny part is that the players apart from Tedesco are all average.

      • March 21st 2017 @ 10:11am
        Zedman said | March 21st 2017 @ 10:11am | ! Report

        On the money Rene, Brooks would be embarassed watching a replay of his efforts recently. On 360 Woods basically said he’s not signing until the coach is decided. No endorsement for Taylor was forthcoming.

      • March 21st 2017 @ 11:38am
        GD66 said | March 21st 2017 @ 11:38am | ! Report

        Ding !

    • March 21st 2017 @ 9:58am
      GC Dave said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:58am | ! Report

      Eutopia. Why would Glenn move from a team that makes the finals and predominantly the final four every year to play with a rabble. Ditto Chambers. I agree that Cleary is one of the guys to coach. He took ate Warriors Basket Case to their one and only final, but he bought two experienced test players from Australia to do that. It was to his credit he was able to do that. I’m thinking Toover as well. What better mentor to give them that hard edge and mental toughness than Toovey.
      After thinking about it, they need players as mentioned in this column and like Cleary was able to do at NZ.
      Brooks and Moses need to stop reading the press about their worth and potential, and start playing football.Maybe it was the coaching staff that let them fade away into just names right now. Tyrone Roberts was magnificent on Friday night against the Eels. A halfback, playing hooker, sent to fullback, and that disrupted the Titans flow from the ruck. Having the smarts he played dummy half from fullback. I wasn’t a fan and never have been, but after Friday night I was converted.
      Glenn and Chambers would be great but the Tigers will need to sell the ranch to get them to a basket case team, that has a firm grip on the wooden spoon this early in the season. Where are their wins coming from?

      • March 21st 2017 @ 10:15am
        Sam Knox said | March 21st 2017 @ 10:15am | ! Report

        Warriors made the GF in 2002 and 2011

    • March 21st 2017 @ 10:35am
      Adomental said | March 21st 2017 @ 10:35am | ! Report

      They need a good hooker more than any of the positions you named.

    • March 21st 2017 @ 11:13am
      ask said | March 21st 2017 @ 11:13am | ! Report

      Tyrone Roberts had a good year last year, but he is a 5/8 not a half back and so is Moses from what I can see. Neither is much of an organiser, so destined to fail as Roberts did at Newy when paired with Mullen (another 5/8 not an organiser). These players get maligned as being poor or lazy or not playing to their potential but as much as you try you can’t be something you’re not. I still agree Brooks is the one with the least ability and potential so give him the boot. The addition of a more punchy back rower ( I like the suggestion of Glenn but figure you would have to pay overs to get him from the Broncs) and the rest of the pack performing consistently an you have a very well balanced pack. Not the best pack but given consistent performance woudl lay a good platform

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