Tahu, who has hit the big 30, is now a free agent, following his release from the Eels in late 2010, as Leary hopes to coax Tahu into playing once more in the mountains of Penrith.
â€œI had a chat with Timana and his manager last Friday and put an offer to him,â€ Leary said yesterday.
â€œThrough media speculation I believe Cronulla is also interested in him. Weâ€™re keen to have him and are awaiting his decision.â€
Should Tahu sign with the Panthers, he would partner NSW centre Michael Jennings in the team – a combination that on ability alone, would be one of the most dangerous in the NRL.
â€œIt would be good to have them both in our squad but I am not going to jump the gun,â€ Leary said. â€œHopefully it does happen if Timana signs with us.â€
With negativity surrounding Tahu for almost the entire 2010 season, Leary believes that despite all that, there will not be any distractions as a result of any move that may take place.
â€œI am not concerned about that at all. After meeting him I was very impressed with his attitude,â€ he said.