Wests Tigers chief executive Stephen Humphreys has revealed the Tim Moltzen contract dispute will be resolved in days – and he is likely to be released to the St George Illawarra Dragons.
It is a stunning about-face from last week when the Tigers appeared ready to dig in and not release the utility star, who signed with the Dragons mid-season.
“The way that it is likely to play out is that he will be going to the Dragons,” Humphreys told The Daily Telegraph last night.
“We will have a conversation with them in the next few days about it, but we have been working on the assumption that he won’t be here next season.
“His move depended on us granting him a release, and that is the process we are going through now.”
As revealed in The Daily Telegraph last week, the Tigers were set to block Moltzen from taking up his three-year deal with St George Illawarra, which was signed after he was granted permission to negotiate with other clubs.
Asked why the clubs position had changed, Humphreys said: “He has signed a contract with the Dragons, so that is where he’s likely to end up.”
Humphreys refused to be drawn into speculation that the Tigers were struggling to fit him into their salary cap if they did decide to keep him.
It has been assumed that money could be freed up if they sacked halfback Robert Lui, although there have also been suggestions the club was trying to move on centre Mitch Brown. “But we are not moving on Mitch Brown.”