James Tedesco of the Tigers runs with the ball.
James Tedesco of the Tigers runs with the ball. PAUL MILLER

Cleary plans to fast-track talks with Tigers stars

IVAN Cleary will fast-track negotiations with James Tedesco and Aaron Woods in a bid to keep rival clubs at bay, and "hasn't even thought about" granting Mitchell Moses an early release to join Parramatta.

Just three days into his new role as Wests Tigers coach, Cleary is at the forefront of the biggest battle in the club's history, which was escalated by Moses knocking back a $3 million, three-year extension to link with the Eels next season.

While Moses's halves partner Luke Brooks has signed a new two-year Tigers deal that is currently in the 10-day cooling off period, Canterbury has made a huge play for skipper Aaron Woods, and may yet go in for James Tedesco as well.

The Roosters are also eyeing the NSW custodian with reports of a bumper $6 million, five-year deal to be tabled - prompting Cleary to expedite a meeting with Isaac Moses, the manager of all four stars - ahead of Saturday night's clash with the Cowboys in Townsville.

"At this stage I've spoken to those boys and I'll be doing it again," Cleary told Triple M's Grill Team on Thursday morning.

"We're very keen on securing James and Aaron. And that's as far as we've gone.

"I'll be meeting with Isaac over the couple of days and hopefully we can sort out a situation one way or the other.

 

West Tigers player Mitchell Moses takes part in a training session at Leichhardt Oval.
West Tigers player Mitchell Moses takes part in a training session at Leichhardt Oval. DAN HIMBRECHTS

"Again, it's really important that these players are on the bus and are really committed to what I'm sure is a bright future."

As for Moses, the young half's appeal for a release from the final year of his Tigers contract was denied on Wednesday by club CEO Justin Pascoe.

Cleary declared that no "official notification" had been put to him by Moses's camp, while the 22-year-old offered no comment when pressed on his future by reporters on Thursday morning.

"I'd find (an early release) surprising to be honest but then again anything is possible in this game," Cleary said.

"I would've thought if he's made the decision to move on then like other players at other clubs it's important that you finish well at the club you're at, especially if you've been there a while. But I would imagine most players would think like that."

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