Rumours have been around for months in rugby league circles that Willie Tonga dislikes playing under Neil Henry and is prepared to leave the North Queensland Cowboys for a rival NRL club.
Tonga still has two years left on his contract so would need to seek a release from the Cowboys if he wished to leave.
Isaac Moses, his manager, has been shopping him around to other clubs, including the Brisbane Broncos and the Parramatta Eels. The Broncos’ approach came after it was revealed over the weekend that Greg Inglis had reneged on his deal to sign with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
It’s understood the Parramatta Eels are slight favourites to get his signature but the Cowboys insist he will have to honour his contract. Cowboys football general manager Peter Parr said: “He hasn’t asked for a release and nor have we granted him one.
Tonga is not the first Cowboys player to have problems with Henry either. Captain Johnathan Thurston has also been rumoured to have a dislike for Henry.