Wests Tigers star Moses Mbye has been granted permission to talk to rival clubs after falling out of favour in 2021.
Wests Tigers star Moses Mbye has been granted permission to talk to rival clubs.
Despite still holding a year on his contract, the Sydney Morning Herald reports Mbye sought the blessing of the Tigers to look at alternative options in 2022.
The $800,000 star has struggled to find his best footy in recent times and has been forced to start from the bench over the past fortnight largely in a utility role.
Mbye told the Herald that he is open to a switch for 2022, saying it could be a “win-win” situation for everyone involved.
“Let’s be brutally honest, I don’t think the club would be thrilled that their marquee player is being used off the bench for half an hour a week,” Mbye told the Herald.
“I’m not ashamed to admit that the club is not getting value for money out of me. I have a big opinion of the club and want to be part of its success. It’s why I have no intention of leaving this year or leaving the club in a hole.
“But I know this opportunity can benefit the club as well as myself and it may work out a win-win situation for both parties. I get the opportunity to look around and find a club that wants me to play more minutes, and potentially even another year on top of my deal.”
The Tigers confirmed the development in a statement released a statement on Wednesday night.
“Wests Tigers can confirm that, upon request from the player, Moses Mbye has been granted permission to discuss his playing future with other clubs from the 2022 NRL season,” it read.
“Mbye, who is currently under contract at Wests Tigers until the end of 2022, has not asked for a request to be released from his contract.
“Moses has expressed his firm commitment to the club and its playing group for the 2021 season, with the request to discuss his playing future pertaining to his preference to secure a long-term deal elsewhere.
“Moses remains an integral part of the club’s squad for the 2021 season and the club has reiterated its position that his significance remains as such following this move.
The Herald reports that the Tigers are willing to pay up to half of Mbye’s salary next season.