Last month, this news outlet unveiled that the Tigers had initiated negotiations with Olam, eyeing a potential transfer to Concord. The plan would have seen Shawn Blore, Tigers forward, switching to the Storm early.
However, it appears that the Tigers decided to shelve discussions with Olam earlier this week as they turn their focus on chasing Luai.
The Tigers have put forward a bold financial proposal for the three-time premiership winning half. The offer presented over a week ago is thought to be surpassing $4.5 million for four seasons.
A powerbroker within the team had another meeting this week with Luai, targeted at persuading the Samoan playmaker to commit to the cause.
The Tigers are also intrigued by Fonua-Blake, though they had pinpointed Olam to bolster a backline strongly needing experience and tactical strike.
While the Storm were content to allow the Tigers to pursue the player from Papua New Guinea, he faced a challenging season, including being sidelined and subsequently reclaiming his spot for the finals.
However, with Luai’s high price tag, the Tigers need to maximise their salary cap space to meet his salary requirements.
The future for Blore is uncertain as he’s expected to depart the Tigers at the end of 2024 and the club may utilise his salary cap allocation to enhance their offers for Luai and Fonua-Blake.