Wests Tigers utility Tim Moltzen has surged from nowhere to become South Sydney’s top playmaking target for next year.
The versatile Country rep player is all the rage at Redfern because he can cover for fullback Rhys Wesser, who is expected to be released, and Parramatta-bound halfback Chris Sandow.
Moltzen is contracted to the Tigers for another year, but that didn’t stop desperate Rabbitohs officials making an approach to the 22-year-old’s management this week.
Ironically, Moltzen faces his new suitors at ANZ Stadium tomorrow night. He would prefer to be lining up at halfback, but can’t dislodge Robert Lui from the scrumbase and has been shifted to the centres.
With young gun No. 7 Jacob Miller also at Concord, the Tigers are willing to entertain an early release as they strive to keep a host of top young forwards and finalise a deal for Storm superstar Adam Blair.
As reported this week, CEO Stephen Humphreys has granted veteran duo Bryce Gibbs and Liam Fulton permission to negotiate elsewhere after an approach from their agent Daryl Mather nearly two months ago. Gibbs and Fulton have been in business together off the field for the past five years and they want to keep playing alongside one another.
Mather met with Cronulla recently and Melbourne could also come into calculations for Gibbs, who is getting better with age.
But Humphreys is adamant both players will be accommodated next year should they not strike a deal with a rival club.