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Moltzen's fullback hopes given a boost

Ian McCullough and David Beniuk 30/05/2011 05:33:13 PM Comments (0)

Tim Moltzen's hopes of becoming Wests Tigers' long-term fullback have been boosted by news the NRL club is not looking to replace the departing Wade McKinnon.

McKinnon signed with Hull last week after the Tigers agreed to release him early from his contract to join the English Super League side in 2012.

Moltzen is off-contract at the end of next year and was given permission to speak to other NRL teams this month, but recruitment manager Warren McDonnell said hiring a fullback is not a priority.

"We've got some good youth coming through the club like Jake Mullaney who is in the state cup side, plus Tim Moltzen can also play there," McDonnell told AAP.

"Tim enjoys playing fullback and he now might get a chance to regularly, also Mitch Brown can play there too, so we are well covered.

"We will have a look to see what is out there, but we are not going to be targeting a fullback in our recruitment for now."

Moltzen has played most of this season in the centres and spent time at halfback following his return from a knee reconstruction last year.

However the 22-year-old sees himself as a No.1 and, despite having looked at what's on offer from other clubs, he's in no hurry to leave.

"I prefer fullback, I worked really hard in the pre-season of 08-09 and had a full year at it in `09 and came back to the halves just to fill in," Moltzen said.

"It worked out that I went all right there so I stayed there but I think eventually fullback's where I want to end up.

"I'm definitely committed to the Tigers and I love the Tigers and all the boys at the club so I'm not looking to go anywhere.

"I'm not looking to move anywhere and the club's not looking to move me on so I'm happy where I am."

McDonnell said the Tigers are still hopeful of signing Melbourne prop Adam Blair with an offer for his services very much still on the table.

"I don't think it's any secret that we have made an offer to Adam, we have not set him a timeframe for a response," McDonnell said.

"There are a few other clubs also interested so it's a case of just waiting and biding our time, but it is a good deal and we are confident."

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