Rugby league great Mark Geyer has called on the Tigers to go on a signing spree to end the longest finals drought in the NRL and revealed the six players he would approach first.
The Tigers have lost four of their last five games with their sole victory a 48-0 thrashing of the lowly Broncos and Geyer believes they need to bring in the cavalry to improve Michael Maguire’s playing roster.
“I’ve identified some players that I think would be fantastic at the Tigers,” Geyer said on Triple Ms Rush Hour with MG.
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“In the forwards the first one would be Adam Elliot from the Bulldogs. Gee I rate him as a player, I really do.
“Bailey Sironen from the Rabbitohs. His father played for the great club. He is one of the most improved forwards in the competition at the moment. I would be chasing him if I was the Tigers.
“This hurts me to say this because he is from the Panthers, but I would be going after James Tamou.
“You need that air of seniority and that air of respect that James Tamou demands and I think he would be fantastic for these young forwards like Blore, Mikaele and Garner coming through.”
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Geyer believes the Tigers need strike in their outside backs and identified Rabbitohs flyer Alex Johnston as the key to a backline overhaul.
“In the backs if I want to sign Alex Johnston to be my fullback that means Adam Doueihi will be my centre and Moses Mbye goes to the No.14,” Geyer said.
“I also think they should chase Euan Aitken from the Dragons.
“With the right coaching he could be anything. He wasn’t on the fringe of Origin a couple of years ago by fluke.
Mark Geyer believes the Tigers should target Adam Elliott.Source:Getty Images
“You don’t lose your form by fluke. You lose your drive and your tenacity and that comes from your surroundings, so a change of scenery could be just what Euan Aitken is after.”
Where that leaves star centre Joey Leilua remains to be seen, but Geyer feels the keys to the team need to be given to Luke Brooks at halfback.
“Someone like Jaeman Salmon form the Eels or Jack Cogger from the Bulldogs could be a good five-eighth,” Geyer said.
Alex Johnston should play fullback in Geyer’s Tigers team.Source:News Corp Australia
“They need someone who is not going to intimidate Luke Brooks. Brooks has got to say it is my team let’s go. Let’s play footy because they have got the forward pack that can match it with any other team.”
Replacing Harry Grant, who is set to return to the Storm at season’s end at hooker is arguably the Tigers’ toughest task, but Geyer believes the answer could already be on their books.
“They will lose Harry grant back to the Storm, so Jacob Liddle is hopefully back from injury soon,” Geyer said.
“He was next in line before he got hit with the injury stick. I think him or Josh Reynolds. I think Reynolds is a No.9 now.
“Even Moses Mbye could play No.9. If Ben Hunt can play hooker at Origin level, why can’t Mbye be a No.9 as well?”
Originally published asTigers have longest finals drought in the NRL. These six targets could help break the drought
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