Mbye keeps door open to mid-season switch

Scott Bailey
The Bulldogs' Moses Mbye has refused to rule out a move to the Tigers before the June 30 deadline

Moses Mbye could have just one NRL game left for Canterbury after he left the door open to a mid-season switch to the Wests Tigers.

Speaking for the first time since he signed a four-year deal with the Wests Tigers last month, Mbye refused to rule out the possibility of a move to the club before the June 30 deadline.

Mbye was forced out of the Bulldogs due to the club's ongoing salary cap woes, and Tigers coach Ivan Cleary has made no secret he'd like to move him across earlier if possible.

The Bulldogs host Gold Coast at Belmore on Saturday before the representative round, meaning any switch would need to happen before Canterbury's June 30 trip to Newcastle.

An early move would potentially assist the Bulldogs' difficult situation, given the club would be able to juggle at least some money out of next year's roster and into their 2018 cap.

Mbye is yet to speak with Canterbury management about the situation but admitted it wasn't out of the question, especially if they drop out of running for the top eight with another loss.

"Any person who is smart enough to run a club this size has the brain to think about that sort of situation," Mbye said on Monday.

"With the situation, any dollar is a lot for this club at the moment, especially with the salary cap.

"It's the NRL, anything can happen ... But at the moment, I'm playing whatever games I have left."

Mbye's comments came after Canterbury dropped their 10th game of the season to St George Illawarra, leaving them 15th and equal on wins with last-placed Parramatta.

He would be a handy asset for the Tigers, who are in need of a full-time fullback as they attempt to climb back into the top eight from ninth spot.

The 24-year-old made no secret of the fact his first preference was to remain with the Bulldogs until the end of his 2020 contract at Canterbury.

"From day one I wanted to stay," he said.

"But I'm sort of aware of the situation we are in and what needed to happen.

"These are my mates. I've been at this club since I was 17 and I think the boys deserve my effort for at least until the end of the year."

However, he admitted it made sense for the Tigers to try and get him across earlier.

"I think the Tigers invested in a four-year term in myself and they'd want me to get there early. I think everyone would," Mbye said.

"But at the moment I haven't been approached by the club or I haven't approached the club about it.

"We'll just wait and see where the chips fall and see what happens."