Tim Moltzen is threatening to sit out the season should he be forced to honour a contract with St George Illawarra Dragons.
In a further twist to the contract wrangle, Moltzen has told those close to him that he would rather sit on the sidelines than leave the Wests Tigers.
As the NRL prepares to hand down a recommendation after meeting both clubs last week, The Sunday Telegraph learned of Moltzen’s threat.
Moltzen signed with the Dragons but is refusing to honour it, with the Tigers claiming they had not released him from his current deal.
“I am sure it won’t come to that,” one of Moltzen’s Tigers team-mates said.
“I think it will all be worked out, but that is something he would look at.”
Moltzen’s threat may come from a frustrated player, but it will further infuriate the red and white army after his manager claimed it would be “intolerable” to make his client play for the famous club. Moltzen was set to leave the Tigers after signing a three-year deal with the Dragons until it emerged he had not been granted a release.
This month, Martin Tauber pleaded for the NRL to take his client’s wishes into consideration. The fullback was in scintillating form at the end of the season and is extremely close to several Tigers players, including his flatmate Benji Marshall.
“Tim is anxious about this,” Tauber said in The Daily Telegraph.
“He is a young man, he’s only 22, and he is concerned about his playing future.
“He wants to stay at Wests Tigers. He has a lot of friends there. Hopefully they (NRL) take the kid’s wishes into consideration.”