Star’s rejection opens up Latrell lifeline
CRONULLA Sharks playmaker Matt Moylan has rejected a potential switch to the Wests Tigers, opening the door for that club to make another play for Latrell Mitchell.
The Sharks are understood to be willing to let the 28-year-old leave due to salary cap pressure and have given permission for him to negotiate with rivals.
Injury limited Moylan to just 11 NRL games last season and although contracted to the Sharks for another two years, he has been linked to the Tigers for several months.
The Daily Telegraph reports the Tigers had arranged meetings with Moylan on two occasions only for them to fall over. It coincided with the Tigers ramping up their bid to lure disgruntled Roosters star Mitchell.
The Tigers had appeared to be the frontrunners for Mitchell's signature, having tabled a bumper four-year, $3.8 million offer only to sensationally pull it last week.
According to the Telegraph, there is a feeling in the club that the race for Mitchell could well be on following Moylan's decision.
It cames after Tigers skipper Moses Mbye declared his desire for the club to keep chasing Mitchell as well as Moylan.
For Mbye, either player would be a huge addition to the team, which finished ninth in 2019 and missed the finals for the eighth season in a row.
"Obviously they're both really quality players, there's no doubting that," Mbye said on Wednesday.
"I don't think anyone would argue with that. If they're available and we can get them, I don't see why you wouldn't.
"If I was running the team I'd be doing the same thing."
Moses said the addition of Mitchell in particular would give the Tigers strike in the backline, and provide another goal kicking option after Esan Marsters' exit to North Queensland.
"I know he's only young but in saying that he brings a hell of a lot of experience too. He's won two premierships and played a handful of games for his country and his state, and also his indigenous heritage," Mbye said of Mitchell.
"He's got a lot of experience in big games and a lot of experience in a strong cultured team and club."