SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23: Moses Suli of the Tigers is tackled during the round 16 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Gold Coast Titans at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on June 23, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Moses Suli appears set to join the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs immediately on a massive multi year deal.

Suli was this afternoon released by the Wests Tigers, and is set to join the Bulldogs outfit on a deal worth reportedly $1.3 million over three years.

The teenage sensation actually signed an identical contract with the Wests Tigers this time last year, a $1.3 million deal tying him to Concord until the end of 2020.

In fact, Canterbury attempted to sign the youngster before he signed the record contract, and it looks like the blue and white finally have their man.

Suli debuted for the Wests Tigers in Round 1 last year against South Sydney, scoring a try in his maiden NRL game.

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But the 18 year-old struggled for consistency as the season wore, scoring only 2 tries in 16 NRL appearances. Despite making his international debut for Tonga during the year, Suli ended the season ranked the second worst defensive centre (behind Dale Copley, letting in an average of 1.33 tries per game.

Where he fits into the Bulldog’s backline is a whole other question.

Moses Mbye has been declared by coach Dean Pay as the club’s fullback, moving Will Hopoate into the centres alongside Josh Morris. And out on the flanks are internationals Brett Morris and Marcelo Montoya.

Rumours were sparked late last year over Brett Morris being released by the club, with the South Sydney Rabbitohs reportedly keen on securing the former rep star to fill one of their vacant wing positions.

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Having endured salary cap struggles after signing Kieran Foran and Aaron Woods, it seems certain that Dean Pay will need to cut someone from his roster to allow Suli to join the club, quite possibly Brett Morris.

Canterbury are expected to confirm the deal in the coming week after Wests Tigers confirmed the departure this afternoon.

14 COMMENTS

  1. If the dogs let Brett go it will be between holland and Moses. Also with Klemmer moving to forward and Elliot into lock will Aiden go to the bench or become an edge player

  2. This kid will be just like that Carlos filinga does anybody remember him the sharks signed him from the dogs about 7 years ago on a 3 year deal worth 3 hundred thousand a season suli is just the same all hype no bite

    • I remember him, did he ever play FG for Cronulla? If he did it was only a handful of games. He’s still the benchmark of dud signings.

      • Tigers signing Matt Ballin definitely tops that. Signed for 2 years in an effort to push out the club captain and legend, plays a grand total of 17 minutes in two years then retires.

  3. Mmm yeah salary cap dramas but let’s sign him at 433 K a season. Shouldn’t players be released before this signing happens??

  4. Reports are saying the dogs don’t have to shed any players with Suli signing on but it’s a head scratcher to see where he fits in the backline? Can’t be playing reserve grade with the type of coin he’s on unless they have plans to move him back to playing back row where he played in junior grades.

  5. We are able to afford him because the Tigers are paying most of his contract I believe. He isn’t 130kgs either because I just saw a photo of him in a Bulldogs polo shirt and he does not look anything like 130kgs. He will play first grade this year if injuries strike and will almost definitely be there full time in 2019 when the Morris twins retire.

    • Tigers are not paying a cent. Further to this the Dogs extended his contract for a further year on the same coin.

      Welcome to the world of Warren (Ronald) McDonald recruitment and good luck.

  6. Hmmm, the Dogs have been reported to only be paying Suli 90k this year, is that going to change in 2019?

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