Former premiership winning winger Matt Utai has spent the last week training with the Wests Tigers in hopes of receiving a career lifeline.
Sportsnewsfirst.com.au can reveal just months after being linked with the Parramatta Eels the 29-year-old former Bulldog who spent 2010 playing park football for the Auburn Warriors, where he captain-coached approached the club in search of a deal.
Wests Tigers chief executive Stephen Humphries confirmed the approach, but said Utai has not signed a contract with the club – with a decision to be made next week.
A year ago, the Tigers offered the Kiwi international a deal after he decided against a $130,000 deal to play in the English Super League with Celtic Crusaders.
It’s understood Utai’s former first grade coach at the Bulldogs Steve Folkes, the strength and conditioning coach for the Tigers, aided in brokering the deal to have him train with the club.
If he is to sign with the club, Sportsnewsfirst.com.au understands Utai will have to meet a number of fitness and physical credentials to obtain a second-tier deal with some clouds remaining over his fitness.