Wests Tigers star Moses Mbye has been cleared to speak at rival clubs.
Although he still has a one-year contract, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that Mbye has requested the Tigers’ blessing to consider alternative options in 2022.
The $ 800,000 star has struggled to find his best footing lately and has been forced off the bench for the past fifteen weeks largely in a utility role.
Mbye told the Herald he was open to a change 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 if their brand was used on the bench for half an hour a week,” Mbye told the Herald.
“I’m not ashamed to admit that the club isn’t getting what I pay for. I have a high opinion of the club and I want to be a part of its success. That’s why I don’t have the intend to quit this year or leave the club in a hole.
“But I know that this opportunity can benefit the club as well as myself and that it can create a win-win situation for both parties. I have the opportunity to look around and find a club who wants me to play more minutes, maybe another year on top of my contract. “
The Tigers confirmed the development in a statement released Wednesday night.
“Wests Tigers can confirm that, at the player’s request, Moses Mbye has been cleared to discuss his playing future with other clubs starting with the 2022 NRL season,” he said.
“Mbye, who is currently under contract with Wests Tigers until the end of 2022, has not requested a request to be released from his contract.
Moses has expressed his firm commitment to the club and his playing group for the 2021 season, with the request to discuss his playing future based on his preference to strike a long-term deal elsewhere.
“Moses remains an integral part of the club’s squad for the 2021 season and the club reiterated their position that his importance remains as such after this decision.
The Herald reports that the Tigers are prepared to pay up to half of Mbye’s salary next season.