Rugby league reporter for The Australian, Brent Read, has told Triple M that fullback James Tedesco of the Wests Tigers could be headed to the Sydney Roosters in 2015.
According to an article on Triple M, Brent Read said that:
“James Tedesco may be heading to the Sydney Roosters. It’s at a very early stage at the moment, it’s not over the line, but Tedesco came out today and said he’s weighing up his future, he’s not certain where it will be.”
It’s hardly the “strong mail” that one Rugby League News Tweeter mentioned, and it kind of lacks any sense — especially considering the Roosters are already transitioning Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to the fullback role. He’s been splitting time at the back with Anthony Minichiello this year and had perhaps his best game in the part-time role against the Eels.
This smacks of his agent trying to drive the price of his star up, in a similar vein to how the Roosters were used to drive Andrew Fifita’s price up to a whopping $850,000.
It’s called a “bidding war” but it’s not really. It’s the illusion of competition that drives up a player’s price, and a common tactic by agents — one that’s understandable. Next, he’ll be “on the radar for the Waratahs”.
The Roosters have Kane Evans, Isaac Liu, Shaun Kenny Dowall and a host of players that are either coming off-contract or will need upgrading, and the priority would likely to re-sign those players with the money left over from the departure of Mini and Sonny Bill Williams.
But if the rumours are true — and this writer sincerely doubts it — it would be a concession that RTS is perhaps best left on the wing, or that they think either Tedesco or RTS could fill a role at centre, meaning Shaun Kenny-Dowall would either move to the wing or be allowed to leave.
Tedesco would look mighty good in a Roosters jersey, and with Mini retiring there’s a space vacant at the back. They will have the money too. It’s not totally out of the realm, but it’s close — and if he leaves the Tigers, fans will riot.
I bet the Bulldogs could use a fullback like Tedesco though; shame they spent more than 10 per cent of their cap on a front-row forward.
Ahh… bidding wars.