Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Since making his NRL debut for the Wests Tigers in 2019 Thomas Mikaele has been a consistent first-grade player that has displayed songs of great potential for the future.
The 24-year-old is currently off-contract at the end of 2022 and there has been no word from the Tigers on a possible contract extension.
In the offseason, the club did sign New Zealand International and Parramatta Eels superstar Isaiah Papali’i for 2023 and beyond on big money which could be the reason why the Tigers haven’t looked to invest heavily in Mikaele just yet.
However, if they do still intend to keep the forward at the club the Tigers may be too late as Channel Nine’s The Mole is reporting that Mikaele has been in talks with a Super League club.
“The Tigers have all but lost giant prop Thomas Mikaele to English club Warrington for next season,” said The Mole.
“Wolves officials were at Magic Round last weekend and held talks with Mikaele’s management.
“The 24-year-old is off-contract at season’s end and the Tigers are keen to keep him.
MOLEY’s HUMPDAY SCOOPS
*New club set to join hunt for Cobbo
*NRL prop off to Super League
*Forward sledged – by his own team-mates
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— The Mole (@9_Moley) May 17, 2022
“Warrington has been desperate to bolster its small pack for next season and has already signed one of the biggest men in the game – massive former Bulldogs prop Sam Kasiano from Catalan.”
If Mikaele does leave the Tigers then it will further weaken a currently deep forward pack as star second-rower Luciano Leilua is off to the high flying North Queensland Cowboys in 2023.
Not only is this a sign that the Tigers are looking to clear out their forward pack a little but a display of intent from Warrington to rebuild their side around NRL experience.
As mentioned by The Mole former Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs and Melbourne Storm player Sam Kasiano is set for a move to the Halliwell Jones next season and there is speculation that Warrington is interested in signing the Bulldogs current fullback Matt Dufty who is yet to set the world alight at Belmore after joining the club on a one-year deal this season.
Warrington currently sits in eighth place on the Super League table and are desperate to keep in touch with the top six.