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Tahu decision next week, say Panthers

David Beniuk 11/03/2011 07:07:10 PM Comments (0)

Penrith say they will make a decision on signing Timana Tahu early next week after meeting with the dual international again on Friday.

The Panthers released a statement confirming officials from the NRL club had sat down with the former Newcastle, Parramatta and NSW Waratahs star, who remains clubless after a troubled 2010.

"Panthers CEO Michael Leary has this afternoon met with Timana Tahu's management with the view of securing his services at the club," the statement read.

"At this stage talks are ongoing with a decision to be forthcoming early next week.

"No other comment is available at this time."

Tahu returned to the Eels from rugby union last year before a tumultuous season that included a walkout from the NSW State of Origin camp over a racism row with former Knights teammate and Blues assistant coach Andrew Johns.

The 30-year-old was also accused of racially abusing a 16-year-old opponent during an indigenous knockout carnival post-season.

He ended his stay at Parramatta after requesting time off to deal with personal problems.

Should he sign with Penrith, his centre partnership with Michael Jennings would be one of the most formidable in the competition, on paper at least.

Tahu has said he is physically and mentally ready for a return to the NRL after a rigorous individual off-season training regime.

The Panthers have become something of a haven for the NRL's troubled souls in recent years, with journeyman Arana Taumata and ex-Wests Tigers forward Daine Laurie finding a home there.

That pair are yet to cement regular first grade positions but a lack of depth in the centres - with Brad Tighe and David Simmons playing there in this weekend's clash with Newcastle while Jennings is injured - means Tahu would almost certainly command a spot.

Cronulla have also been linked to Tahu but have denied they are chasing his signature.

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