The Wests Tigers are a club seemingly in the middle of a never-ending rebuild, and will look to continue that on the run into 2025.

While the joint-venture signed a number of forwards ahead of 2023, the club failed to improve all that much and finished with a second wooden spoon in a row. Tim Sheens, who was appointed coach ahead of the season, is already gone, with Benji Marshall to take over.

That, combined with the fact Luke Brooks has finally departed after more than a decade as the most maligned half in the game, will mean the Tigers can maybe finally start their rebuild.

The club have some exceptional young talent, led by Jahream Bula, and off-season signings Jayden Sullivan and the Fainu brothers. That will help moving forward, and all are on contract for 2025, which means they have time to work with those players.

But there is also little doubt the Tigers need improvements now, not further down the track, which means the signing period from November 1 will still be incredibly important for the club.

In this series, Zero Tackle are running the rule over every club's state of play for 2025 and the players they should be targeting in free agency as the NRL's silly season heats up.

Current squad for 2025
John Bateman, Jahream Bula, Tallyn Da Silva, Latu Fainu, Samuela Fainu, Josh Feledy, David Klemmer, Apisai Koroisau, Kit Laulilii, Justin Matamua, Brend Naden, David Nofoaluma, Isaiah Papali'i, Fonua Pole, Alex Seyfarth, Jayden Sullivan, Starford To'a, Alex Twal, Stefano Utoikamanu

Current best 17 for 2025
1. Jahream Bula
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Josh Feledy
4. Starford To'a
5. Brent Naden
6. Latu Fainu
7. Jayden Sullivan
8. Stefano Utoikamanu
9. Apisai Koroisau
10. David Klemmer
11. John Bateman
12. Isaiah Papali'i
13. Fonua Pole
14. Tallyn Da Silva
15. Justin Matamua
16. Samuela Fainu
17. Alex Twal

Players not in squad: Kit Laulilii (prop), Brent Naden (centre/wing)

Players off-contract at end of 2024
Shawn Blore, Adam Doueihi, Sione Fainu, Lachlan Galvin, Asu Kepaoa, Brandon Mansfield, Jordan Miller, Triston Reilly, Solomone Saukuru, Aidan Sezer, Jake Simpkin, Tony Sukkar, Brandon Tumeth (player option), Junior Tupou

Here are five players available to negotiate on November 1 from outside of the club the Tigers could target for 2025 and beyond.



1. Sunia Turuva

The Tigers have major issues in their outside backs, and it will be a theme of this as we run through the potential options they could go about signing for 2025.

Sunia Turuva is coming off a year where he was the rookie of the year at the Penrith Panthers, and while that is playing in a system completely different to the Tigers, the talents on display mean he could easily make a switch to a lesser side and still perform.

One of the key performance indicators for any winger is their ability to constantly get involved in the game, and at Penrith, Turuva has passed that with flying colours, finishing his rookie season in the top ten for run metres across the entirety of the NRL.

That, in anyone's book, is a good effort.

On top of that, he defends well, knows how to find the tryline and has been part of a winning side early in his career. The Tigers should be one of a number of teams making a play for Turuva who the Panthers may do well to hang onto as he chases what will undoubtedly be an upgraded contract.