The Wests Tigers look to replace depart fullback James Tedesco and may look to Canberra’s Zac Santo.
Santo, 25, has made only 3 NRL appearances, after signing a 2-year contract with the NQ Cowboys back in 2014. Santo was stuck behind Lachlan Coote and managed just the 1-game in his time at the Cowboys.
Santo starved of NRL opportunity was thrown a life-line from Raiders Coach Ricky Stuart and signed with the Raiders for the 2016 season.
Zac Santo played one first-grade game in his debut season with the Raiders, making his club debut in Round 14 against the Broncos when Jack Wighton was suspended.
The 2016 season saw Zac Santo named the NSW Intrust Super Premiership fullback of the year. Santo was a key to Mounties attack, always circling the ball in support and playing his part in set pieces.
Santo was a prolific try scorer for the Mounties and has Ivan Cleary interested in the 25-year old who is a ready-made fullback – ready to play. But, it is not just his attack that excites Cleary, having made many try-saving tackles throughout the year.
Santo was a late inclusion in Round 1, once again filling in for Jack Wighton who was forced out of the side due to illness. Santo scored his first NRL try in the match, funny enough, against his former-club the NQ Cowboys in their 20-16 defeat.
Santo has made 7 appearances for the Mounties in the 2017 season and has already scored 5 tries and has sparked the interest of Ivan Cleary. Santo is out of contract at the end of the season and the Tigers are expected to make an offer to the 25-year old, offering him the No.1 jersey, something he may find hard to deny.