The Tigers were hopeful they could lure Bird to their nest, with the fact that Hastings and Bird are long time friends hidden up their sleeve.
Even with their secret weapon, they missed out as Bird re-signed with the Dragons for three years on Monday according to reports.
The Tigers will now move their aim to their next target, Briton Nikora. The Tigers will again hope their previous relationship with Nikora pushes them over the edge, as Maguire coached Nikora as part of the New Zealand Kiwi team.
Hastings, who has given Nikora his mark of approval in an interview with CODE Sports, hopes that the team can be the one that gets him.
“I had to mark him when he played for the Kiwis and I played for Great Britain. He’s a bit of a nightmare, he runs a really good line. He is athletic and he is fast,” Hastings told the publication.
“You’d be silly not to look at people like that. He obviously has a connection with Madge. It would be nice if Madge could pull a few strings to get him over the line.“It would be nice to have him running off me instead of over me. He‘ll be a great addition because we probably need some depth in the backrow.”
Sure to not put all their hopes in one basket, Hastings urged sure to tell their fans not to panic if the signings don't go as planned.
If the Tigers fail to get Nikora to sign on the dotted line, they have a few options already under contract. One, who was an exciting prospect before an ACL injury, was Shawn Blore.
With Isaiah Papali'i coming to the club for next season, the Tigers don't need a superstar on the other edge. Hastings believes Blore could represent his state if he stays healthy.
“I think he can play State of Origin in the next couple of years. Hopefully, his body holds up and he comes back from this ACL and gets a bit of luck,” Hastings said.
"In the pre-season, what he was doing is freakish and I have trained and played with some good backrowers. He’s top-shelf.”