The chances of the former Parramatta captain being registered in time to take up a contract with New Zealand Warriors next season are remote.
Chris Barrett is a Sports Writer with The Sydney Morning Herald.
After leaving the Roosters, the NSW half has helped steer Cronulla to the brink of a historic premiership.
Cronulla are flying on the field, with an NRL grand final appearance in the offing on Friday night, but their prosperity off it is being stifled by delays in their $500 million property joint venture, according to Sharks chairman Damien Keogh.
The expected availability of Tagataese will leave Shane Flanagan with the prospect of having to drop another forward to squeeze the explosive front-rower into his team.
It's not the ideal time to have been below your best - when the world's best player, Johnathan Thurston, is about to be opposite you in a grand final qualifier - but Cronulla halfback Chad Townsend's hooking in the qualifying final is 'the shake' the halfback needed.
The interminable Farah saga at the Tigers officially drew to a close with Souths' announcement that the 32-year-old would be joining them on a two-year contract.
The 35-year-old's back was in such a bad way that he was unable to make one last appearance as captain at the NSW awards night on Monday, but he said his condition had improved to the point where he would return to full training by Tuesday.
Peter O'Sullivan has been stood down by the NRL over his association with the noted punter.
Controversial punter Eddie Hayson called a press conference in Sydney on Thursday to address allegations about match fixing in the NRL.
The back problems threatening to derail Paul Gallen's finals campaign forced the Cronulla leader and outgoing NSW captain to miss the Blues annual awards function on Monday night.