With Chris Heighington and Beau Ryan being strongly linked with Penrith as a package deal, the development surrounding Moltzen will only increase the speculation that there is significant player discontent at the Tigers.
That said, Moltzen has been the subject of speculation before, having been linked with both Cronulla and the South Sydney Rabbitohs. It is believed the Tigers would not stand in Moltzen’s way as they may baulk at re-signing him after 2012. The Dragons are understood to have offered Moltzen a three-year deal, giving him increased security, with their new 2012 coach, Steve Price, identifying him as a replacement for Boyd, who will join Wayne Bennett at Newcastle.
Moltzen has struggled to regain his best form after returning this year from a knee injury that ruled him out for the majority of last season. He was expected to stay with the Tigers following the departure of Wade McKinnon to Hull FC.
The anticipated loss of their other fullback option, Moltzen, will only increase the speculation that the Tigers are making a play for Canberra sensation Josh Dugan, even though Humphreys has repeatedly denied this. Moltzen’s release may have further repercussions. He lives with Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall, who along with his teammates is known to be concerned at the club’s decision to let incumbent players go.
Much of the movement at the club has been designed to accommodate Melbourne’s New Zealand Test forward, Adam Blair, who will sign with the club. But there has clearly been significant peripheral damage; players are unhappy, and Heighington and Ryan are believed to be ready to join the Panthers next year as a result of the disharmony.