Struggling $800k star offered immediate club switch

Moses Mbye has been offered the chance to join the Dragons immediately, yet Wests Tigers may block the move despite wanting him off the books for next season.

That’s according to Sydney Morning Herald rugby league reporter Michael Chammas, speaking on Nine’s 100% Footy. Mbye is being pursued as a bench utility, despite being on an $800,000 per season contract.

“He’s been shopping himself around for 2022. The Tigers gave him permission to look around [for] next year,” Chammas said.

“Now, the Dragons have expressed interest. They met with Moses Mbye and they’ve said to Moses, ‘We could make you an offer, as long as you’re willing to come right now’.

“Now, I think you’ll find that his management has reached out to the Tigers to see if Moses Mbye could leave immediately. The Dragons want him as early as this week.

“But I think after last week, what we saw from the Wests Tigers, there’s a reluctance from the club to let him go. That’s a bit of a risk because I think you’ll find privately, they do want Moses Mbye off the books for next year; but if they’re not willing to take this offer from the Dragons right now, I think it’s off the table.”

Chammas said that Wests Tigers were prepared to pay $400,000 of Mbye’s contract at another club for next season.

“I think the Tigers have said to Moses Mbye they’re willing to pay up to half of that next year,” Chammas said.

“I don’t think this year though because they’re two points outside the eight.”

Mbye has played State of Origin for Queensland but has struggled to justify his hefty price tag at Wests Tigers; a fact that he’s openly admitted. He has shuffled around in the Tigers line-up, playing five-eighth in Friday’s win over Newcastle.

Wests Tigers are 13th on the NRL ladder but just one win from eighth place, while the Dragons are running sixth under new coach Anthony Griffin.

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