Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
In recent days the St.George Illawarra Dragons have been heavily involved in player transfer business
So far the club has confirmed that they have signed former Queensland State of Origin representative Moses Mbye on a two-year deal, and have reportedly tabled a three-year deal to Tongan International Moses Suli, and it seems that they are not going to stop there.
The Daily Telegraph’s Dean Ritchie is now reporting that the Red V has displayed a real interest in Gold Coast Titans forward Moeaki Fotuaika, who is free to negotiate with rival clubs come November 1st.
“A lot of recruitment managers at clubs believe Fotuaika is among the top three front-rowers in the game,” Ritchie said.
“They [the Dragons] haven’t made an offer yet for Fotuiaka. He’s not off [contract] until the end of next year and those offers cannot be legally lodged until November 1.
“But certainly, they’ve discussed Fotuaika, they’ve had a brief chat with his manager as I understand, and the Titans are more than aware that St. George Illawarra has an interest in him.”
News Corp; however, believes that Fotuaika himself would “prefer” to stay on the Gold Coast.
In 2021, the former Greenbank Raider has scored two tries, made 50 tackle breaks, 1006.3 post-contact metres, averaged 12.2 hit-ups per game and made 496 tackles for an efficiency rate of 94.8%.
Fotuaika also played in all three of Queensland’s State of Origin clashes against New South Wales in this year’s series, with the 21-year-old on the cusp of breaking into the Australian Kangaroos squad for the now 2022 Rugby League World Cup.
Based on the Dragons current set-up, Moeaki Fotuaika would slot straight into the role of starting prop, with Josh McGuire moving out of the side, and with the 31-year-old being off-contract at the end of this season and coming towards the end of his career, the Red V may opt to not re-sign McGuire and focus on securing Fotuaika as his replacement in 2023.
The Daily Telegraph believes that the St George Illawarra Dragons are looking to offer Fotuaika between $600,000 and $650,000 per season, with a contract length yet to be decided upon.