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Transfer Whispers, Wests Tigers, Luke Brooks, Aaron Woods Returning Tigers, Quade Cooper to NRL, Wallabies, Tim Sheens

Aaron Woods is reportedly set to return to the Tigers to reunite with Benji Marshall.

Tim Sheens has made his stance on Luke Brooks clear as a rugby union star is open to a change in the NRL.

Read the latest NRL transfer whispers below!

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RETURN OF THE WOODS TIGERS

Aaron Woods is reportedly set for a huge Tigers homecoming to link up with former teammate and new assistant coach Benji Marshall.

Marshall and Woods recently met on the Gold Coast according to The Daily Telegraph, and a third-party sponsor is said to be willing to help with a potential deal.

The Dragons reportedly wouldn’t block a potential move for the 31-year-old, who has played 252 games in the NRL.

The Tigers are also said to be closing in on the signing of former Raider John Bateman, which leaves just two spots left in the merged club’s top 30.

While Woods would likely play on the bench and mentor the club’s young forwards including Fonua Pole and Stefano Utoikamanu, Fox league’s Greg Alexander was unconvinced he was a good addition.

“Back with Benji, I don’t know if signing Aaron Woods makes the Tigers a better team, he’ll be a substitute,” Alexander said.

“They have a handful of young rowers forward, Aaron Woods will add something but mostly I think he will come off the bench.

“Signing Aaron Woods doesn’t mean the Tigers are doing well, John Bateman is probably a key signing to get.”

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UNION GUN CROSS CODE SWITCH

Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper has revealed he would be open to a cross-code change to end his playing career.

The 34-year-old is currently recovering from an Achilles injury and is focused on recovering in time for next year’s Rugby World Cup.

Despite being approached to play rugby league on several occasions, Cooper carved out a successful career in the 15-man code but could finally ply his trade in the NRL.

“I definitely wouldn’t say no to an opportunity like this,” Cooper told SMH.

“That would be a conversation I would love to have. Whether or not someone is interested in having a conversation is another story.

“You can’t answer that without having a conversation. I would have the conversation.

Cooper also revealed that he almost made a deal with the Eels in 2011 and was going to sign the contract ’99 per cent’ before rugby union brokers intervened.

“It was a last minute phone call from the Australian Rugby Union, they got wind of it. I think if they hadn’t got wind of it, I probably would have left,” Cooper said.

“It was literally moments before I was going to sign, I ended up staying in Queensland and we ended up winning the Championship the following year. These are pivotal moments in your life and career. Like I said, I’m happy with the choices I made.

“I still have a weakness, I don’t know if I will have the opportunity to play rugby, especially not at NRL level. At the end of the day, I’ll probably end up going to play at some point, even if it’s local football.

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SHEENS MAKES BROOKS’ POSITION CLEAR

Tigers coach Tim Sheens made his stance clear on the endless speculation surrounding Brooks signing the Knights by stating “I want Luke here”.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to the Hunter since Mitchell Pearce left ahead of the 2022 season.

While Brooks is currently free to negotiate with his rivals for 2024 and beyond, Sheens will not release the million-dollar halfback this season.

“It is not our intention to release him, and there have been no requests from Newcastle. It’s been talked about and talked about and talked about,” Sheens told SMH.

“He is due to arrive here on November 14 and I look forward to working with him. Benji (Marshall) and I can’t wait to get our hands on him.

“At this time, there has been no movement from the Knights and we are moving forward with him as a halfback.

The Tigers reportedly won’t start contract talks with Brooks and Adam Doueihi until 2023, leaving them open to their rivals.

Sheens also explained that he was the man who convinced Brooks to stay at the club ten years ago before he was sacked.

The 72-year-old is now excited about the prospect of coaching the halfback in 2023.

“The last thing I did at the Tigers was convince him, Mitchell Moses and James Tedesco to sign here. They were our next backbone back then,” Sheens said.

“I never had the chance to work with Brooksy back then. I look forward to working with him next year.

Source : WORLD NEWS

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