Wests Tigers captain James Tamou’s career with the club has come to an end, and it nearly came to a conclusion in the worst way possible.
During a devastating defeat to Sydney Roosters, Tamou was sent off for persistent dissent and faced a lengthy ban which was set to end his NRL career completely.
Tamou was able to dodge such a hefty ban via an early guilty plea able to have the farewell to Wests and seemingly the NRL he wanted.
This was because the Tigers made him no offer for 2023 and at the twilight of his career, no offers from fellow NRL clubs were tabled.
This left the prop with two options: retire or make the move to Super League.
We’ve already seen to veteran NRL props make the switch to Super League ahead of 2023 in Josh McGuire and Paul Vaughn who are headed to Warrington and it was widely believed that Tamou would follow them to England.
This came after it was reported in May by the Daily Telegraph that the prop was in negotiations with “several” Super League clubs.
At the time who these clubs were and whether a deal or any sort of agreement was reached is unclear, but Tamou was no doubt set for a move to Super League.
However, recently it was reported that the likes of Wakefield Trinity, Huddersfield Giants and Leigh Centurions were interested in the player and a move to Super League seemed a certainty. However, that is no longer the case with a fourth club joining the race for his signature.
In a twist of fate, North Queensland Cowboys have reportedly offered him a one-year deal which is set to tempt him away from Super League offers according to Zerotackle.
The Daily Telegraph meanwhile reported that talks have already begun between the two parties helped along by the fact representatives for all clubs attended this week’s Dally M Awards.
Tamou has had a superb career helping Penrith to a Grand Final recently. Now heading into the last chapter, his next destination could be in Queensland.