TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23: James Tamou of the Panthers walks from the field during the round 23 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Penrith Panthers at 1300SMILES Stadium on August 23, 2019 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Penrith Panthers veteran James Tamou is reportedly set to finalise a deal with the Wests Tigers.

Tamou has been heavily-linked to the joint-venture club in recent weeks, with a reported two-year contract set to be signed, according to Channel 7’s Michelle Bishop.

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The 31-year-old is a huge get for a club that’s been struggling with professionalism and it’s image of late.

Tamou has 262 NRL games under his belt and counting and is a premiership winner.

It comes as a huge blow to new Dragons coach Anthony Griffin with Tamou identified as a target to boost their forward pack for 2021.


  1. Sad for Penrith supporters to see him go I’m sure. As he’s actually put in an effort each year, unlike some others.
    Still, they will have Tetevano, Leota, Leniu, Hetherington to start with. There’s still plenty of experience there in the forwards.
    No doubt some other youngsters from the lower grades to promote & give a chance to.
    Maybe Kikau may also play prop. To allow a junior rep like Lindsay Smith , to get a back row position?

  2. I think Monica Di Battista is exaggerating about Anthony Griffin. The Dragons will have a Plan B which could be Joe Ofahengaue, and should also have the option of extending Kaide Ellis’ time at the club.
    I won’t be counting on Korbin Sims to play a full season ever again. He has been a big disappointment with the Red V through injuries and suspensions. Chalk bones.

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