Thrifty Cleary would love early de­liv­ery of Moses

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL - MICHAEL CARAYANNIS

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.