Tim Moltzen
Likely to be a Tiger

Tim Moltzen is likely to remain with Wests Tigers next year, regardless of the NRL’s findings over the contractual dispute with the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Dragons officials are waiting on the outcome before commenting publicly, but privately concede Moltzen will stay put.

Both Moltzen and his manager Martin Tauber have declared the versatile fullback does not want to play for the Dragons.

NRL salary cap auditor Ian Schubert – called in to referee the dispute – is mulling over information provided by the Tigers and Dragons this week.

Moltzen has a valid contract with the Tigers, because Wests were yet to finalise a release for him after he signed a three-year deal with the Dragons.

But the Tigers decided to keep Moltzen after he produced a superb run of form late this season, because they are expected to sack halfback Robert Lui over an alleged assault.

If Schubert deems the Dragons have the contractual standing, they will be prepared to sit down with Moltzen and see if he will change his mind about coming to Wollongong.

But unless there is a major change of heart, the Dragons are prepared to move on even if they are ruled to be in the right – though they will pursue compensation from the Tigers.

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