Wests Tigers are reportedly interested in bringing Eels halfback Mitchell Moses back to the club in a deal worth more than $1 million a season.
Incoming Tigers coaches Tim Sheens and Benji Marshall are determined to revive things with not one but two escapees.
Marshall has contacted both Moses and NSW captain James Tedesco about bringing Leichardt home as the Tigers desperately try to lift themselves off the canvas.
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Moses, Tedesco and Luke Brooks played together at the Tigers for the former duo to join the title-contending clubs.
The Tigers are also chasing Storm superstar Cameron Munster in a deal reportedly worth almost $1.4 million a season.
Munster is set to spark a bidding frenzy when he hits the open market on November 1 and is likely to become the highest paid player in the game.
NRL 360 co-host Paul Kent said the Munster option was possible, but that there was a better chance of pigs flying than Moses returning to the Tigers.
“If he can wave his arms and fly to Parramatta, it’s about the same chance. He doesn’t stand a chance,” Kent said.
“Why would Mitch Moses, who is going to go to renegotiate, why would he take similar money to the last one?”
“Who says they will offer him similar money?” Brent Read rebutted.
“We heard the offer they were obviously going to make for Cam Munster, I would think Mitch would get similar money if they were desperate to get him. So it’s a lot more money and it’s a chance to go and work under Benji, Robbie, people he knows.”
Kent pointed out that Moses turned down an offer from the Broncos last year that was worth around $1 million per season.
“The Tigers will have to get significantly higher than (Brisbane) but Parramatta also know their price,” Kent said.
Phil Rothfield said the Eels had let Ryan Matterson, Isaiah Papali’i and Reed Mahoney walk to keep their halves in Moses and Dylan Brown.
“They have to spend on both of those guys because if they both go on the market, they’ll each get a million,” Read said.
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“Do you really think Moses has a chance to return to the Tigers?” Kent asked.
“I don’t know, but I’m glad they’re asking because they show a bit of ambition.” Guys, bag them and you say they won’t get them, but what hope do they have if they sit there and don’t chase guys? Read replied.
“They are a slow rebuild. They have to open the way that brought in Tedesco, Hayne, Israel Folau and they have to be patient,” said Rothfield.
“I think the only realistic one is Munster because the Tigers have privately offered him significant money.
“Why can’t they do that for Mitch Moses?” I think that’s fantastic, buy the farm back. How good would that be — Brooks and Moses in the halves,” Read said.
“Because Mitch Moses is not Cameron Munster,” said Kent.
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