Tigers circle Mbye but Bulldogs want to keep him
WESTS Tigers have been circling Canterbury’s Moses Mbye despite the Bulldogs insisting they do not need to shed players to stay under the salary cap.
The Tigers have also joined the race to sign North Queensland hooker Jake Granville, with the Eels also expressing an interest in the 29-year-old off-contract premiership winner.
The Bulldogs’ precarious sal- ary cap situation was laid bare last week but the club is adamant it will not have to shop any stars.
Canterbury still need salary cap relief, however, as a roster imbalance has surfaced because of back-ended deals.
Mbye is one of up to 10 Canterbury players whose wage significantly jumps next season. His current deal expires in 2020.
As the Bulldogs continue to deal with the inherited salary cap disaster, the Tigers have loomed as a possible destination for the 24-year-old. The Bulldogs would love to keep Mbye.
But he could be the most attractive proposition to opposition teams given his age and the starring role he has played since moving from the halves to fullback this year.
Corey Thompson has been an unsung hero of the Tigers backline since making a fist of the fullback role but the 28-yearold is largely seen as a winger.
The club had high hopes for Tuli Lolohea but he has been unable to nail down a permanent fullback spot.
Centre Kevin Naiqama will join English Super League club St Helens, leaving Benji Marshall, Tim Grant, Sauaso Sue, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak and Pita Godinet on their off-contract list.
Mbye will again don the No.1 jersey today when the Bulldogs play Cronulla.