NRL Rd 25 - Wests Tigers v Bulldogs
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 05: Luciano Leilua of the Tigers walks off the field during the round 25 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Moreton Daily Stadium, on September 05, 2021, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

The Wests Tigers have baulked at a straight trade from the Cowboys for straight running second-rower Luciano Leilua.

While Leilua remains contracted at Concord until the cessation of the 2022 season, the 25-year-old will join North Queensland at the completion of his current deal after inking a fresh agreement with the Townsville team.

As reported on Thursday, Leilua had emphatically ended the speculation surrounding his future by shaking hands on a contract that will see him move north for the next three seasons.

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Still, recent revelations claim that the Todd Payten led team were not prepared to wait for an entire season to land the Samoan international and had engaged in conversations with Wests surrounding a straight trade to secure their prized pick earlier than expected.

According to reports from The Daily Telegraphthe Cowboys were said to have tabled former Dragon Reece Robson as their offer for Leilua, however, this direct swap was said to be swiftly turned down by the Tigers.

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 18: Reece Robson of the Cowboys celebrates after scoring a try during the round six NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canterbury Bulldogs at QCB Stadium, on April 18, 2021, in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Although these initial conversations have currently met an impasse, the genial relationship between Payten and both the Tigers head of football Tim Sheens as well as recruitment manager Warren McDonnell is set to keep lines of discussion open.

While the offer for Robson to return to Sydney was rebuked, the door does remain open for a shift south given recent claims that the 23-year-old has been shopped to Parramatta as one of three concrete options to replace the Belmore bound Reed Mahoney.

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Each of these potential moves has been made despite Robson holding a contract with the Cowboys until the end of the 2023 season.

It is not yet known whether the Cowboys will stump up a secondary proposal or whether the Michael Maguire led Tigers will indeed be willing to part with Leilua under any circumstances.

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