Blake Ayshford
Staying with the Tigers

Ayshford quashes trade rumours

Wests Tigers centre Blake Ayshford has quashed rampant talk he is being pushed out of the club – as Penrith Panthers general manager Phil Gould insisted NSW centre Michael Jennings is going nowhere.

The truth behind Ayshford’s situation at the Tigers is that the South Sydney Rabbitohs approached him in August about a possible move to Redfern.

With the Tigers feeling the strain of salary cap pressure, Ayshford was granted permission to speak to the Rabbitohs – but that is as far as negotiations went.

Jennings, though, continues to be be linked to several NRL clubs – including the Parramatta Eels – but only the St George Illawarra Dragons have held genuine interest.

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Gould has made it clear throughout this year he would not be prepared to pay out any of the Jennings deal if he was to be moved on.

While the Panthers have salary cap concerns, they are not so hamstrung they must release Jennings, who is the highest-paid player at the Panthers on a deal worth $600,000 for this season.

Read more at the Daily Telegraph