Wests Tigers happy to entertain extending Mannah into 2020

Wests Tigers are happy to entertain Tim Mannah playing on another season should he make an immediate impact at the joint venture.

Mannah was given permission by Parramatta to skip training on Tuesday as he weighed up an immediate move across town to the Tigers.

Weighing up his future … Tim Mannah’s pending move to Wests Tigers could stretch beyond this seasonCredit:Brendan Esposito

The man who bleeds blue and gold more than any other Eel – and was front and centre every week through the Eels' darkest days – has come to the realisation his hopes of finishing a rare one-club player are unlikely to happen.

The Tigers need to fill the 30th and final spot on their roster by June 30, and Mannah fits the bill with his experience, work ethic and price tag. At this stage of the season the Tigers only need to fork out four months worth of pay.

While Mannah's deal, which could be signed off as early as Wednesday, is through to the end of the year, some Tigers officials are keen to see how he performs the back half of the season.

Parramatta were linked to Penrith's Waqa Blake over the weekend, and while they have the money and extra space in their top-30 roster, a sticking point could be the length of the centre's current deal, which does not expire until the end of 2023.

Mannah dumped his manager earlier this year and was happy to negotiate his own future.

Some Tigers players awoke to the headlines Mannah was headed to Concord, and welcomed another experienced player.

Fellow front-rower Ben Matulino, one of several players reportedly being shopped around by the Tigers, spoke about the assurances he had been given by the club while he also praised Mannah.

''I've been reassured by 'Madge' [Michael Maguire] I'm here for two more years," Matulino said. "When it first came out [I was being shopped] I rang my manager and said, 'what's happening?' and he said,' I haven't heard anything from anyone'. I talked to Madge and he reassured me."

As for Mannah, Matulino said: "He's a really nice guy. It can only boost our team. He has a lot of experience and we can use in him this team. I met him before I came [to Sydney] at a hotel, I'd just moved to Australia, he was in the Lebanon camp, and he said, 'if you ever need anything let me know'. This is from someone who only knew from playing against."

Back-rower Ryan Matterson spent two years in Parramatta's full-time squad when Mannah was captain and said: "He'll definitely bring experience, and you can never fault his effort."

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