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SportAxe looms as Wests Tigers sign Test captain

03:35  04 june  2019
03:35  04 june  2019 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

Wests Tigers in turmoil with Russell Packer and Michael Maguire not on speaking terms, reports

Wests Tigers in turmoil with Russell Packer and Michael Maguire not on speaking terms, reports Wests Tigers in turmoil with Russell Packer and Michael Maguire not on speaking terms, reports

New Zealand Test captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will sign with Wests Tigers , according to multiple reports, in a move that would rock the club's roster. DWZ has requested a release from Penrith after falling out of favour under new coach Ivan Cleary. He was linked with Parramatta, but Tigers coach

Wests Tigers have reportedly beaten Parramatta to Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, and big names are on the chopping block. The New Zealand captain lead the Kiwis to victory in the 2008 World Cup and the 2010 Four Nations Tournament, as well as the Wests Tigers to Premiership glory in 2005.

Axe looms as Wests Tigers sign Test captain© AAP Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is headed to Wests Tigers, per reports. New Zealand Test captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will sign with Wests Tigers, according to multiple reports, in a move that would rock the club's roster.

DWZ has requested a release from Penrith after falling out of favour under new coach Ivan Cleary. He was linked with Parramatta, but Tigers coach Michael Maguire has made a play for the man he named Kiwis Test skipper last year.

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Watene-Zelezniak prefers to play fullback, which could see the Tigers move captain Moses Mbye to five-eighth.

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Wests Tigers have reportedly beaten Parramatta to Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, and big names are on the chopping block. Earlier this month Wide World of Sports' The Mole broke the news that the Tigers were shopping four Test stars - Russell Packer, Ben Matulino, Russell Packer and Elijah

Watene - Zelezniak had both the Wests Tigers and North Queensland Cowboys reportedly on tenterhooks with chaos expected for Peachey was reluctant to take up the three-year deal with salary cap pressure forcing him out but Watene - Zelezniak ’s move may have opened up some space.

That would leave big-money recruit Josh Reynolds and club legend Benji Marshall on then outer. Speaking on NRL Tonight, The Australian rugby league reporter Brent Read said Reynolds - reportedly on $850,000 per season - seemed the odd-man-out.

“The rumours about Josh Reynolds have been around for longer than just the past week," Read said.

“There were rumours in the pre-season. I think if they do sign Dallin, I think it’s got ramifications for Josh Reynolds.”

Given Reynolds' salary, Wests Tigers would likely need to keep a large chunk of his money on its books in the event that he moved to a rival club. With loss of form and constant injuries, the former NSW Origin star's market value would have dropped alarmingly.

The Daily Telegraph's Phil Rothfield said on the Monday Bunker that Wests Tigers and Penrith were discussing a potential player swap and that DWZ could switch clubs shortly.

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Balmain great Benny Elias has slammed the Wests Tigers decision to pursue and sign Parramatta Eels prop Tim Mannah . Mannah , who is expected to land at the Tigers as early as Wednesday is expected to sign a six-month deal with the Tigers taking him through to the end of 2019, however the.

“I am told he will be at the Wests Tigers this week and the deal could be as close as 48 hours away," Rothfield said.

“He wants to go there and Michael Maguire wants him to go there. Ivan Cleary wants him to go there because he doesn’t want him on the books.”

Axe looms as Wests Tigers sign Test captain© AAP Josh Reynolds and Moses Mbye. Wests Tigers are in the midst of a roster overhaul, in a season where they're running 10th at 5-6.

Maguire is working with an inherited roster and according to Nine's The Mole, is keen to shed big-name forwards Russell Packer, Ben Matulino, Elijah Taylor and Chris McQueen. Rothfield said that some of those names may appear in a player swap scenario with Penrith.

Watene-Zelezniak, in form, would add class to their spine alongside Mbye and reigning Dally M Halfback of the Year Luke Brooks. Veteran hooker Robbie Farah is yet to confirm his future plans, while Marshall will retire after this season.

Maguire last month revealed how close he had become to DWZ during his stint as New Zealand coach.

"It's obviously hard to see (with) some players that I'm very close with. He's a great kid, Dallin," Maguire said.

"He'll bounce back, don't worry about that. He's a great player."

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