Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The St George-Illawarra Dragons have been quite busy in the transfer market as of late, bringing in Moses Mbye, reportedly signing Moses Suli and being linked with Viliame Kikau to help shape their squad for the future.
However, it seems there is one player that will not be a part of the Dragons’ future, and that is New South Wales State of Origin representative Tariq Sims, with Nine’s Danny Weidler reporting that the Red V have told Sims he will not be in their plans going forward.
“Instead of getting an extension, the club said, ‘There is no future deal for you. You have your contract for 2022 but if you want to look around for next season, you can go and do that’,” Weidler told Nine News on Friday night.
“I haven’t talked to Tariq directly but I can imagine he’d be devastated by this, told that he can go and find another club, and now it’s going to be up to him whether he wants to stay at the Dragons next season or not.
“I think this situation is going to develop in the coming days. It’ll be interesting to hear from Tariq Sims himself.”
— 9News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) September 3, 2021
In 2021, Sims broke back into the Blues Origin set up and has been one of the Dragons’ best players all season, scoring four tries, making five line breaks, averaging 92 running metres per game and making 682 tackles for an efficiency rate of 92.5%.
The 31-year-old will certainly have multiple clubs lining up for his signature if he does continue his great form displayed this year in 2022, or opts to move clubs now, with the Tigers able to bring him in to partner superstar Luciano Leilua in the second-row, Luke Thompson could really use some help in the forwards at the Bulldogs and the Cowboys are in desperate need of an in form big man other than Jason Taumalolo.
We have surely not heard the last of this story and with the Dragons’ season winding down there is a good chance that further developments will occur in the coming weeks.