Thrifty Cleary would love early delivery of Moses
WESTS Tigers coach Ivan Cleary said it was up to Moses Mbye if he wanted to join the club immediately, with Cleary also failing to rule out luring ex-skipper Aaron Woods back to the club.
Mbye inked a rich fouryear deal to join the Tigers after being granted a release from Canterbury for next season. But Cleary said the Tigers had room in their salary cap to sign Mbye immediately if the 24-year-old wanted out.
“We can accommodate it,” Cleary told ABC Grandstand yesterday. “With these types of things, it’s really up to the player first and foremost and the club he is at whether that’s going to work for those guys.
“We would love to have him in our squad now. I am totally respectful to that process mid-season changeovers. “If that’s the way it turns out, we would love to have him.”
Cleary has been unsettled on the fullback role this year, with Corey Thompson and Tuimoala Lolohea sharing the roles.
It is understood the Bulldogs would not stand in Mbye’s way should he request an early exit as they continue to try to get their salary cap back in order.
Woods has been mooted as a player who could also be moved on despite being just months into a four-year deal.
He was given permission to negotiate with rivals clubs, with some movement on his future expected this week.
It is thought Woods hopes to make a return to the club he captained last year.
Cronulla are the frontrunners to sign the Test prop despite interest from the Eels.
“I don’t know the story there,” Cleary said. “I thought Aaron did a really good job for us once he made the decision to leave the club and go to the Dogs last year.
“I’ve got a good relationship with him but I don’t really know for sure what the story is. There is lots of innuendo around the Bulldogs, especially with people who are at the higher end of the pay scale.
“I don’t have any update to give you on that one.”
Moses Mbye could join the Tigers before next season. Picture: Brett Costello