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.
Michael Chammas is a sports reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald
Phil Gould, who dumped Ivan Cleary at Penrith, has urged the Wests Tigers to make the former Panthers coach the club's No.1 target.
The Tigers hierarchy have discussed giving an ultimatum to James Tedesco, Aaron Woods, Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks: Either sign for us, or we'll sign others.
The Wests Tigers believe they can re-sign the big four without knowing who will coach the club next season, as Ivan Cleary firms as the favourite to replace Jason Taylor.
Wests Tigers have sacked coach Jason Taylor a day after their 46-6 defeat to the Raiders in Canberra.
Andrew Johns summed it up with 20 minutes remaining. "This is horrible", the eighth immortal said of the Wests Tigers performance.
Sam Thaiday's questionable tactic to target the injured thumb of Jesse Bromwich has been deemed against the spirit of the game and has consequently been charged by the match review committee.
It's being billed as a potential grand final audition. East versus west in a battle that pins the hottest halves combination in the game against the most exciting two young play makers in the NRL.
The Penrith Panthers have opted to send Bryce Cartwright in for further scans, fearing the ankle injury to the backrower may be worse than originally diagnosed.
The high-flying Sydney Roosters have parted ways with chief executive John Lee after 18 months at the helm of the club.