Tigers wait to seal Tuqiri deal
Waiting game ... Lote Tuqiri. Photo: Jonathan Ng
Wests Tigers are waiting for the NRL to announce this season's salary cap before extending Lote Tuqiri's contract at the club.
The dual international has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tigers but is awaiting confirmation from the NRL on the cap, which is expected to be close to $5.8 million, before finalising the deal.
Tuqiri has trained all off-season in anticipation of an official announcement from the NRL, and will sign the moment it's confirmed. He is still eligible to play in the Tigers' trial matches but has until round one to finalise the deal.
Tigers recruitment manager Warren McDonnell said it was just a waiting game. ''It's pretty close,'' McDonnell said. ''It's not sorted yet, but it will be. He hasn't signed anything as yet but we've agreed to a one-year extension. No one knows what the final salary cap is going to be and every club is in the same boat with players in a similar position. We need to know what we're working with before anything is finalised. It's the NRL that's holding it up.''
NRL officials are monitoring the flood situation in Brisbane but do not have any plans to shift next week's annual All Stars match from Suncorp Stadium.
While the streets around the stadium were again flooded, the water levels aren't expected to reach the levels of 2011 when the playing field resembled a giant swimming pool.
''We've been in contact with the stadium during the day. Currently the stadium is in good shape,'' NRL interim chief Shane Mattiske said. ''Our concerns are minor when compared to the devastation that so many communities are again experiencing.''