Benji Marshall, the Wests Tigers assistant coach, is in direct competition with his mentor, Wayne Bennett, as he seeks to secure the signing of the Fainu brothers, Latu and Samuela, who are considered to be two of the most promising prospects in rugby league. The Tigers, under the guidance of Marshall, met with the brothers on Wednesday night. Samuela, a 19-year-old forward, has already made his NRL debut this season, while Latu, an 18-year-old halfback, made headlines when he signed a lucrative deal with Manly. The Tigers are now preparing formal contract offers for both players.
The Fainu brothers have a close connection with Scott Fulton, the Tigers‘ recruitment manager, from his time at Manly. Both Marshall and Fulton were impressed with the brothers during their meeting and are determined to secure their signatures. The Tigers are in need of a halfback following the departure of Luke Brooks, and Latu’s desire to provide for his family is a motivating factor for him.
However, the Tigers are not the only club interested in the Fainu brothers. Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett, who has a long history with Marshall, is also keen on signing the talented duo. Bennett has already presented his vision for the brothers at Redcliffe and several other clubs are monitoring the situation.
This situation marks the first time that Bennett and Marshall have found themselves competing for the same players. The Tigers are eager to secure the Fainu brothers as a long-term replacement for Brooks and strengthen their squad.
Manly, on the other hand, celebrated the retention of Josh Schuster, who recently signed a three-year deal worth $2.4 million to stay with the Sea Eagles until 2027. Schuster’s commitment to the club and his teammates was praised by Sea Eagles coach Anthony Seibold, who believes the young playmaker has a bright future ahead of him.
Overall, the battle for the Fainu brothers’ signatures is set to intensify, with both the Tigers and the Dolphins vying for their services. The Tigers are eager to secure the long-term replacements for Luke Brooks, while the Dolphins see the brothers as valuable additions to their squad as they prepare for their inaugural season in the NRL.