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NRL rivals join race to sign Storm flyer Josh Addo-Carr, Newcastle Knights

The Wests Tigers have officially pulled out of the race to sign Storm flyer Josh Addo-Carr as speculation mounts over where the star wants to play.

Addo-Carr was seen touring Canterbury’s facilities last month with the Bulldogs reportedly offering a four-year deal in the vicinity of $2 million.

It is speculated Addo-Carr also has a strong desire to play with South Sydney, while sources suggest Newcastle has also thrown their hat in the ring for the winger’s services.

Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis rejected claims the Bulldogs offer had trumped the Tigers initial figure, after the star signed a heads of agreement with Wests.

“We haven’t engaged with Josh’s manager at all since we were told that Melbourne wouldn’t release him for 2021,” Hagipantelis told The Daily Telegraph.

“I have just read the report that suggests ‘the Bulldogs have made an offer that blows the Tigers out of the water’, which I found interesting.

“Firstly, we are not in the water.

“Secondly, if we were in the water the offer which is being reported would not have blown us anywhere.

“There have been absolutely no discussions with Mario Tartak (Addo-Carr’s agent) whatsoever, there have been no offers made, no counter offers made.”

The Tigers claim Addo-Carr’s management promised a meeting with the Origin star after the Blues’ campaign but that never eventuated.

You will have to ask Mario (why),” Hagipantelis added.

“I can offer no explanation as to why the meeting did not take place.

“But the fact that there is absolutely no interest that has been shown by Mario in speaking with the club, we just formed the view that we have moved on.”

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