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 @ 12:21pm
      andrew said | March 21st 2017 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

      The much vaunted Tigers attack has come up with 1 try in two matches – and it was an intercept.
      And it isn’t limited to first grade…

      They have nothing in NSW Cup either. They have laid two duck eggs already this year (12 points total offence) and their for and against is already 196 points worse than the league leading Warriors…

      While in Holden Cup they have one win and are tied for the worst attack and have the worst aggregate for and against in the league….

    • March 21st 2017 @ 1:12pm
      Casper said | March 21st 2017 @ 1:12pm | ! Report

      AM, you’ve blown the salary cap with that list, given the Tigers have to retain some semblance of talent to attract any of the guys you named. Can’t see Scott having bar of the Tigers, he’d take less to stay at the Cowboys if they were the only alternative. Might be a case for Alex Glenn going to the Tigers because he’s forced out at the Broncos to make way for younger guys at the Broncs, but hope not given his sterling service over the years.

      Tigers seem to have 2 halfbacks and no 5/8, resulting in confusion about who calls the shots. Brooks is your classical running half, can’t shine behind a soft pack & struggles to handle big forwards running his way (doesn’t every small halfback) whilst Moses looks like a halfback playing out of position. Bennett might think he’d be a good fit to replace $M man Ben Hunt. About the right age to fit into the Broncos backline, although Roberts credited Bennett with improving his game early on so he’s in the picture to replace Hunt next year, especially with his desire to play in the halves. NOIP, reckon you’re harsh on Roberts, he’s laboured behind poor forwards for most of his career.

    • March 21st 2017 @ 1:22pm
      bearfax said | March 21st 2017 @ 1:22pm | ! Report

      Wests are going to have to pay out a fortune to hold onto their top four young players coming up for new contracts. They arent going to have a truck load of money left over. So maybe one or two of the players mentioned to bring into the club, but that’s about it.

    • March 21st 2017 @ 1:40pm
      PatchMan said | March 21st 2017 @ 1:40pm | ! Report

      I actually have to agree with you here!..But with Scott’ i would put a Claus in his contract’ just in case he gets injured’ that they won’t have to pay him out in full’.. Just to be safe’..But very good potential side!
      I’d even look at buying a couple of Forwards from Canberra’..They’ve got plenty coming out of their Backside’ it’s not Funny!

    • March 21st 2017 @ 5:49pm
      Sean said | March 21st 2017 @ 5:49pm | ! Report

      I totally agree with trone roberts. Him or Peter walkace at halfback. Players who can defend kick to corners and control things without beimg flashy.

      Id go for gerard beale for a cheaper option.

      Matt prior and sam tagatese comesoff contraxt at cronulla. Try and sign them.

      My team.

      tedesco
      nofo
      beale
      cheecam/suli
      naiqama
      moses
      tyrone roberts/peter wallace
      woods
      liddle
      prior
      glenn
      ryan hoffman
      Elijah t

      seumanafai
      grant
      sam tagatese
      chris lawrence/jack littlejohn

      • March 21st 2017 @ 8:08pm
        Kevin Malone said | March 21st 2017 @ 8:08pm | ! Report

        wake up and stop dreaming

    • March 21st 2017 @ 8:33pm
      Skye day said | March 21st 2017 @ 8:33pm | ! Report

      Ben Teo

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