A difficult relationship between Ryan Matterson and coach Michael Maguire could lead to the forward walking out the door.
NRL.com has revealed that Maguire and other club officials have met with Matterson and his manager to work out his future.
The Tigers have learned that several rival NRL clubs had received expressions of interest for the 24-year old’s services despite having two years left on his contract.
Since joining from the Roosters, Matterson has been one of the best for the Tigers this season but tension has been building with the disciplinarian coach for months.
The Tigers have said they want Matterson to see out the deal however they are expecting that he might request a release in the next few weeks.
Last year the Tigers released Ivan Cleary but only once it was confirmed that they would benefit, receiving a six-figure compensation deal for the coach.
Matterson’s deal is valued at around $350,000 a season and they expect offers in excess of $500,000 if he request a release.
The Bulldogs are one club thought be monitoring the situation having already had a discussion with someone close to Matterson.
Newcastle have come into some money with the departure of Jesse Ramien and still the potential losses of Danny Levi and Herman Ese’ese.
The Eels are getting close to finalising a deal with prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard with the Panthers but are looking at the market for forwards and with Matterson a Parramatta junior he could be appealing.