Wests Tigers are the club at the heart of most of transfer talk in the NRL at this present moment.
New boss Tim Sheens has used the World Cup to arrange meetings with transfer targets John Bateman of Wigan Warriors and NRL star halfback Mitchell Moses of the Parramatta Eels.
However, their pursuit of Moses has left question marks over the Tigers’ current halfback options with Jackson Hastings and Luke Brooks their current options in the number seven shirt at this moment in time.
Brooks is being linked with a move to Newcastle Knights in 2024 as he, like Moses and Hastings, enters the final year of his current deal and can agree terms with rival clubs as of today.
It’s being reported by Fox League that should Brooks agree to terms with the Knights for 2024, they may look to offload him for next season as well with there being little point in keeping the Knights bound halfback when Jackson Hastings can fill the number seven shirt for 2023.
That said, Fox League are also reporting that if this doesn’t happen, Hastings could be the one to leave the Tigers ahead of 2023 with many clubs in need of a number seven.
Furthermore, the Australian publication is reporting that Hastings’ best chance of being an NRL number seven lies outside of the Tigers especially with Moses set to take on the shirt in 2024.
Fox League believes that if Hastings’ ambition is to play at seven, which it likely is, he will move on perhaps sooner rather than later with so many NRL clubs needing a halfback for the 2023 season.
Either way, it seems unlikely that both Brooks and Hastings will be at Wests in 2023 especially with Adam Doueihi also at the club to take the six shirt.