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Humphreys hopes Gibbs will stay a Tiger

By Rob Forsaith 20/05/2011 07:41:05 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers chief executive Stephen Humphreys is optimistic prop Bryce Gibbs will remain with the club for the 2012 NRL season.

Gibbs extended his contract until the end of 2014 in February, but recent speculation had suggested he was keen to make a move.

The Tigers were allowing him to have contract talks with other clubs, but Humphreys suggested the 26-year-old was yet to decide if he wanted out.

"We've given permission to Bryce's manager to have a chat to a couple of clubs, which was a request that came from him," Humphreys said.

"There are no strong moves from him (Gibbs). I think there was some interest in him, so they did the right thing and spoke to us about it.

"Bryce has been a great servant of our club, so if there was something he wanted to pursue, then we wouldn't want to get in the way of that.

"But he is also a great club man, so I'm not sure how that one will play out."

Humphreys has been a busy man in recent days.

The Tigers held onto two of the NRL's most promising young forwards, extending the contracts of props Aaron Woods and Andrew Fifita on Friday.

The news came a day after Blake Ayshford agreed to an extension of his contract.

The 23-year-old Ayshford will remain at the club until the end of the 2015 season.

"We've been really focused on securing our young players for the long term. We're very pleased with our young stock," he said.

Humphreys is patiently waiting on a decision from New Zealand forward Adam Blair.

Melbourne's Blair is off contract at the end of the season and many expect him to make a move north for 2012.

A handful of other clubs had also been courting Blair, including Newcastle, but Humphreys remained hopeful.

"We've put forward what we think is a strong offer, as have a number of other clubs, so he's got a fair bit to think through and we'll see what comes of it.

"You're never confident on these things. You just have to put your best foot forward and then it's up to the player."

Humphreys was in Campbelltown on Friday to announce the opening of the Wests Tigers Learning Centre.

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