If the rumour proves to be true, it will be a big blow to the Tigers for 2011. Having Tuiaki and Lote Tuqiri on the wings would have proved troublesome for most opposition.
There is also rumours that the Tigers are looking to sign Matt Utai as cover for the Tuiaki loss but this seems to be less likely. There were rumours last week that Utai was looking to resurrect his NRL career after not playing in 2010.
The Tigers still have funny man Beau Ryan – who played most of 2010 on the wing – on contract and if indeed Tuiaki does retire, Ryan would be the obvious choice to stay on the wing.