The Wests Tigers are set to offer David Nofoaluma an extension but are not ruling out also chasing another outside back.
Initial reports suggested the Tigers could land Storm flyer Josh Addo-Carr for next year but Fox League’s James Hooper reported on Triple M that the offer fell through since it only applied to 2021.
“The heads of agreement that were signed was only valid for next year and so the Melbourne Storm sharpened the pencil, they bumped up their offer for Josh’s contract next season and so as a result he decided it was better for him,” he said.
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Now the Sydney Morning Heraldreports that, having been requested by Melbourne as part of a trade including Addo-Carr, Nofoaluma now is going to be offered a three-year deal.
The Herald reports that the new deal would make Nofoaluma one of the best-paid outside backs in the game.
“I think the club and the interests of David Nofoaluma can be reconciled,” Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis told the Herald.
Nofoaluma had 17 tries, 164 running metres and 112 tackle busts from 20 games in an impressive 2020 season that put him right in the Origin frame.
The Tigers star previously admitted to theDaily Telegraphearlier in the week that remaining at Concord was no sure thing.
Rather, with his career nearing an end his focus was on getting the best offer to set himself up for the future.
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“I obviously love the Wests Tigers and the fans, you can tell by my passion.” Nofoaluma said.
“But in reality, I am heading into what could potentially be my last contract.
“I am going to explore all my options and weigh up what’s the best decision for myself and more importantly my future.”
Interestingly, Hagipantelis also confirmed to the Telegraph that re-signing Nofoaluma would not impact the club’s pursuit of Josh Mansour.
Nofoaluma and Mansour are quite similar in their tackle-busting abilities and hard carries from deep inside their own team’s territory.
The Panthers winger has been told he can stay at the foot of the mountains but will be playing in reserve grade with the club opting for speedster Charlie Staines.
The Tigers have not progressed negotiations to the extent that Mansour is packing his bags yet.
But Hagipantelis said the club will continue to pursue him as a possible recruit.
“Josh Mansour has received all due consideration by the club and I know that is a matter that the club has and continues to consider,” he told the Telegraph.