NRL: Wests Tigers confirm release of Super League-bound forward

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Thomas Mikaele Wests Tigers

Wests Tigers have announced the departure of forward Thomas Mikaele to take up a contract in the Super League.

The 24-year-old has been with the Tigers since making his professional debut back in 2019. Since then, he has made 66 appearances for Michael Maguire’s side.

He also played junior rugby for Ipswich Jets, before joining the Tigers setup in 2017.

In the statement, the Tigers say he has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Super League side. He has been linked with a move to Warrington.

Tigers Head Coach Maguire told the club website: “It’s a good opportunity for Thomas and he leaves our club with the very best wishes.

“I’m sure we’ll see Thomas back in the NRL at some stage”

Tigers keen to keep Madden amid Dolphins link

Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire says he wants to keep hold of Jock Madden after the playmaker’s agent touted him for a potential move to the Dolphins.

Madden has shown plenty of potential since making his debut last season. However first-grade opportunities have been few and far between and there is talk of him moving on.

The Dolphins are in the hunt for halves ahead of the 2023 NRL season and Madden could be an option. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph Madden’s agent Chris Orr says his client would consider such a move.

The 22-year-old is desperate to play regular first-grade footy and maybe Wayne Bennett could offer it.

“He would certainly consider a move to Queensland if the Dolphins were keen,” Orr told the publication. “Jock just needs a team to give him the Number 7 jersey. Now whether that’s going to be the Wests Tigers in due course or someone else, he needs a chance to be the seven and run a team. That’s what he wants to do.”

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