Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Many people have been scratching their heads over the report that the Dragons have told current New South Wales State of Origin representative Tariq Sims that they no longer require his services.
Sims has been one of the Dragons’ best players in an otherwise poor season, scoring four tries, making five line breaks, averaging 91 run metres per game and making 712 tackles for an efficiency rate of 92.8%.
Any club would be extremely lucky to land the 31-year-old, and it seems one is already looking to sign him.
The Sydney Morning Herald’s Andrew Webster released an article this morning detailing the issues going on at the Dragons and Tigers, and in doing so has revealed a possible suitor for Sims.
“The Roosters are already eyeing him [Sims] off as a great buy for the remainder of his career,” said Webster.
“Shouldn’t he be a great buy for the remainder of his career at the Dragons?”
— NRL on Nine (@NRLonNine) September 6, 2021
Sydney needs to replenish their stocks in the second-row after the unfortunate retirement of club and Australian captain Boyd Cordner earlier this season.
Angus Crichton and Sitili Tupouniua will undoubtedly start in the back row for the Roosters in 2022, but Sims will bring a wealth of talent and experience in the position coming off of the bench, and signing with the Tri Colours will give the Fijian International the best opportunity he has had to win a premiership in his career.
If the Roosters do secure Sims’ services for 2022 and beyond it likely will not be confirmed until after they have been eliminated from the competition or win the premiership, as they have a finals campaign to worry about for now.
This Saturday evening, the Roosters will take on the eighth-placed Gold Coast Titans who are playing in their first finals since 2016, with the winner going on to face the loser of the clash between the Melbourne Storm and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, and the loser being eliminated from the 2021 NRL competition.
Signing Tariq Sims will help the Roosters at least get back to the place they are currently in next year.