The Wests Tigers have reportedly pulled off their hunt for exiled star Jackson Hastings and will announce his new contract early this week.
It was revealed last month the Tigers were chasing the 2019 Man of Steel winner’s signature after a disastrous start to the 2021 campaign.
Rumours have surrounded the club’s recruitment and retention ever since with stars Luke Brooks and Moses Mbye both reported to have uncertain futures with the club.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported Monday the Tigers will announce Hastings has agreed to terms on a two-year deal beginning in 2022.
It was reported last month the Tigers privately hoped Hastings would be released from his contract with Super League club Wigan, allowing him to make an immediate move to the club.
Jackson Hastings has been dynamite for Wigan Warriors.Source:Getty Images
The report claimed the Tigers would likely have to pay a transfer fee to force Wigan to release Hastings from his contract.
Hastings has been on the radar of NRL clubs since re-building his career in the UK Super League.
The sacked Sea Eagles and Roosters playmaker signed a new contract with Wigan last year, which would only make him available to return to the NRL in 2022.
His return created further uncertainty surrounding the future of under fire playmaker Brooks.
The halfback has been shown public signs of support from the club in recent weeks, despite swirling reports he could make a move to the Cowboys before the end of his contract with the Tigers.
Luke Brooks hasn’t fired for the Tigers in 2021.Source:Getty Images
The Cowboys are rumoured to have interest in signing Brooks, which would reunite him with Todd Payten who previously worked at the Tigers.
North Queensland has plenty of money in the salary cap after the sudden retirement of captain and halfback Michael Morgan, who was earning $1 million. The Cowboys have also released playmaker Jake Clifford to the Knights from next season.
It was reported last month the Cowboys are keen to lure both Brooks and off-contract South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds to Townsville to play as a halves pairing.
Brooks has two more seasons to run on a deal said to worth $900,000 a year, but he is facing the prospect of being told to find a new club for 2022.
Coach Michael Maguire has failed to find a winning halves combination this year, but has stuck solid with Adam Douehi and Brooks, leaving Moses Mbye on the bench.
Mbye has reportedly been given permission to find a new club and has been linked with a return to Queensland.
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