The Wests Tigers will meet with Ivan Cleary this week to sort out a deal that could parachute the coach in to rescue their season as early as round six against the Cowboys.
Michael Chammas is a sports reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald
State of Origin is two months away but NSW coach Laurie Daley and his adviser Peter Sterling have already had two selection meetings since round one to compile a list of names under consideration.
The players were adamant Jason Taylor's blood wasn't on their hands. But judging by the Wests Tigers' start to Sunday afternoon's clash at Leichhardt Oval, it became painstakingly clear it was all over them.
Des Hasler's second-largest defeat as Canterbury coach couldn't have come at a worse time with his future to be the main point of discussion at Thursday night's board meeting.
Bryson Goodwin knows he'll never get the chance to ask him now, but he hopes he made his older brother Leon proud.
Boom Penrith playmakers Te Maire Martin and Nathan Cleary continued their evolution to lead Penrith to a 40-0 shellacking of the Newcastle Knights on Friday night
South Sydney could find themselves in hot water over their concussion protocols after Sam Burgess was allowed to continue playing for several minutes with a concussion that later forced him out of the game.
The Canterbury Bulldogs have announced the club's first female board member, appointing Anne Sinclair to replace Steve Mortimer.
Wests Tigers lock Elijah Taylor says the club will get more than just a football coach if they appoint his former coach Ivan Cleary as Jason Taylor's successor.
Wests Tigers skipper Aaron Woods insists the threat of a potential signing deadline will not force him to recommit to the club, adamant he'll only make a decision on his future when the Tigers appoint a new coach.