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Tigers must retain halves or else: Elias

  • Tigers must retain halves or else: Elias

Wests Tigers prop Aaron Woods won't pressure young guns Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses to make a decision on their futures at the embattled NRL club.

In a move sure to heap further pressure on coach Jason Taylor, both Brooks and Moses have deferred a deadline to extend their contracts with the joint venture from January to June.

The duo are signed until the end of 2017, but a clause in their contracts stipulated they could extend that by a further 12 months by the end of January. However club management have agreed to give them more time to consider their future.

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It is an interesting move given that Taylor showed faith in Brooks and Moses as his first-choice halves pairing throughout a forgettable 2015 for the Tigers.

Taylor is off contract at the end of 2017. But given his falling out with Robbie Farah, the loss of key personnel including Marty Taupau and Keith Galloway and the Tigers' lack of improvement under him in his first year, the former South Sydney and Parramatta mentor will be under pressure to produce results from the get-go next year.

Woods has put his hand up to succeed Farah as skipper of the Tigers. However the NSW prop said regardless of his standing at the club he would allow Brooks and Moses to sort out their futures on their own.

"As I say to all the boys if you have some contract stuff I don't really get into that," Woods told AAP.

"That is for them to do and that is the same for me, when I do that I don't worry about what anyone else is doing, I just worry about myself and my family.

"Whatever they do I will support them. I would love to have them at the club. I am there to support them.

"They are two of the best young blokes and best young players I have played with."

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