Laurie’s future at the Wests Tigers is somewhat uncertain. There are sections of the club who aren’t convinced he is the long-term No.1 and are discussing a potential swap deal for Penrith’s Charlie Staines.
The Wests Tigers roster could be set for an overhaul over the summer. Jackson Hastings’ future at the club isn’t guaranteed.
There are a number of people at the club who don’t believe he is a good influence on the team despite the image he portrays in the media for the fans. He has become a cult hero, but the view is different among most internally.
The Knights had discussed a potential play for his services. Inquiries were also made with the Bulldogs but it is not expected Hastings will end up at Belmore.
It’s not the last we’ve heard about Hastings. Nor Luke Brooks for that matter.
Mixed injury news for Dragons
Young St George Illawarra halfback Jayden Sullivan is set for an extended period on the sideline after dislocating his shoulder for the Dragons in NSW Cup.
Jayden Sullivan.Credit:NRL Photos
The club is yet to determine the severity of the injury but it appears he will be in the club’s rehab ward for at least a few weeks.
There is some good news for the Dragons. Fullback Cody Ramsay, who left the field against Manly on Friday night with a knee injury, has been cleared of long-term damage.
The Dragons are hopeful he will only miss two to three weeks and return for the final few games of the season.
Tweet and sour
Spare a thought for the Wests Tigers social media team.
The since-deleted Wests Tigers tweet celebrating their ‘win’ over North Queensland.Credit:Twitter
They posted the ‘win’ before the disgraceful decision from the bunker that gifted the Cowboys victory.
They shouldn’t have had to delete the post and deserved the win.
Ponga loss to hit Kangaroos
Australia’s fullback stocks are dropping by the minute. While James Tedesco is a lock for the Kangaroos No.1 jersey, coach Mal Meninga will need one or two back-up options in the squad.
Papenhuyzen’s fractured knee cap rules him out, while it’s unclear whether Kalyn Ponga will be given the green light to travel considering he is about to be ruled out for the remainder of the season due to repeated concussions.
Manly coach Des Hasler will wait until later in the year before giving his views on Tom Trbojevic heading over to the United Kingdom.
As revealed by the Herald last week, Trbojevic is on track for a return in week three of the finals.
Even if he doesn’t play for Manly, he will be available for selection for the Kangaroos if – and it’s a big if – Manly give him their blessing.
South Sydney fullback Latrell Mitchell will likely be selected in the centres, leaving Meninga searching for another back-up fullback option.
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