ON THE FIELD: Moses Mbye of Wests Tigers warming up ahead of a game earlier this season.
ON THE FIELD: Moses Mbye of Wests Tigers warming up ahead of a game earlier this season. JOEL CARRETT

I'm not going anywhere, says Mbye

RUGBY LEAGUE: Wests Tigers captain Moses Mbye has opened up on speculation he is on the outer at the club, declaring: "I'm not going anywhere."

Mbye was floored by reports on Friday linking him with a move to North Queensland, six months after being appointed skipper of the club.

Asked point-blank if he was leaving, Mbye said: "No, I'm not going anywhere. You can't break contracts, brother."

The development came after suggestions coach Michael Maguire was planning on shifting Mbye to the centres a fortnight ago only to be ruled out late with injury.

Mbye proceeded to make his State of Origin debut for Queensland, before finding himself in the centres in Friday's lopsided defeat to Canberra.

He insisted he saw no need to seek guarantees from the club over the remaining three-and-a-half years left on his current deal.

But after being forced out of Canterbury due to salary cap pressures, he feared the same may be happening against in Concord.

"I'm a veteran at this," he said.

"It would be more annoying. You settle in somewhere and it's not just you that buys into an organisation. It is also your family too. It would be disappointing.

"This game, you need a lot of trust in it. I'm not going to pick the phone up and unless they picked up the phone, which they haven't."

Rumours of his exit coincides with the club's reported pursuit of Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, who was officially released by Penrith on Friday.

His possible addition would all but certainly mean Mbye would relinquish his fullback spot and be forced into the backline.

"You just do whatever's going to benefit the team the best," he said.

"We're clutching at straws trying to get it clicking in our attack and try and get some points and some premiership points too. We tossed that idea up.

"I don't know if we'll do it again next week but we'll do some review, see what went wrong and what went right and try and put it together next week."