Hastings - Reasons for leaving

Red88_Tiger

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Just had a quick look… never had a Wests Tigers player win a State of Origin POTM award.
I thought Farah was hard done by when Greg bird got it one year. Thought at the time it was political choice but I never rewatched the game to assert my view
 

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Anyone .....you keep arguing about our current halves ..and they may as well be our currant halves

They won't win us a premiership .....so why even worry about them ..assume they are gone in 2023 and lets look at the possible upgrades

All you doubters. Brooksy is going to prove you wrong next year.
 

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I thought Farah was hard done by when Greg bird got it one year. Thought at the time it was political choice but I never rewatched the game to assert my view
I must've thought the same because I thought Robbie had won one.

I think it's Game 2, 2012 you're talking about, but I haven't watched it back either.
 

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That's a big call....
Especially by some one who rates Brooks.

Many coaches have said Ponga is one of the most naturally gifted footballers they have ever seen.

As mentioned, he turns it on for the big games.
I don't think he'll ever be remembered as a great.... because he hasn't achieved anything at club level and he has a very immature demeanour.

Has a bit of time left in the game though, so anything is possible...

Needs a severe personality adjustment....
Just not a champion of the game - A real winner.

Even though he's being paid as one.
 

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He won plenty for us. We haven't had a guy perform to his level in the spine for a long long time.
Just saying he screwed the pooch that day ..and for a Qlder that was a great day because it started the golden run ....
 

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When Hastings played 13 he handled the ball more than both our halves. He also tackled more than our forwards 😂
You can’t compare the Tigers’ attempt at having a ball playing 13 to that of Panthers.
Panthers 7, 1 and sometimes 6 handle the ball more than their 13.
Hastings was applying for a job, I’m guessing Knights will play him at 6 to keep him off the ball a little. It seems to me the more he handles the ball the more ineffective he becomes.
What a load of crap!!
 

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We gotta stop feeding into this lol.
Who cares — he's gone. And just like clockwork, Foxsports 'staff writers' come up with shit like this; He left for more money to play in a position he's comfortable with.
wish him well but also think we'll
Smash them at Leicchardt round 2.
No need to keep feeding the machine.
 

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Can we all agree on this as fact

Neither Brooks ....Douehi or Hastings are going to lead us to a premiership...either assisted or as a team ...they all need replacing and upgrading

John's...Lewis or Sterling couldn't partner those three to a premiership

They all need replacing ..it doesn't matter what order it happens for Christ sake

FACT ...end rant ...drop mic
If Wally Lewis stopped walking around the paddock and occasionally broke into something resembling a jog we would surely be a better chance.
 

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We gotta stop feeding into this lol.
Who cares — he's gone. And just like clockwork, Foxsports 'staff writers' come up with shit like this; He left for more money to play in a position he's comfortable with.
wish him well but also think we'll
Smash them at Leicchardt round 2.
No need to keep feeding the machine.
What if the "machine" is the tigers?
This whole story and its timing smacks of the Tigers trying to control the narrative.
It's a Pascoe PR special.
 

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I don't think that @tunks we let
him go, to persue his goals ...
No reason why we would want
Or need to control any narrative
 

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Hastings fulfilled his role with us and on the back of that has been given another opportunity that is better for him, and seems to suit our current coach. Why can't people leave it at that without trying to discredit him. Footy is a business and it was good outcome for both.
 

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What if the "machine" is the tigers?
This whole story and its timing smacks of the Tigers trying to control the narrative.
It's a Pascoe PR special.
Well, they did have total control over that story about how we win the spoon.
 

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ackson Hastings has spoken for the first time about his disappointment at having to leave Wests Tigers with a year to run on his deal, declaring: “I wanted to be there, I wanted to win there, I wanted to be a part of that next wave that helped the Tigers play finals footy.”

Hastings has become an instant fan favourite in Newcastle, just as he was with long-suffering Tigers fans who appreciated his passion and commitment in a losing side most weeks.

The playmaker said he had no idea if his public support for sacked coach Michael Maguire played any part in his early exit, but was also grateful to forge a lifelong friendship with “Madge”, someone he still speaks to several times a week.

Signed with the Knights until the end of 2025 – and the favourite to wear Andrew Johns’ famous No.7 jersey come round one – Hastings could not have looked happier as he and his teammates paid a Christmas visit to John Hunter Children’s Hospital on Wednesday.

But it was not all smiles about six weeks ago when it emerged David Klemmer was leaving Newcastle for the Tigers, and Hastings was the Tiger included in the summer swap.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed,” Hastings told the Herald. “I wore my heart on my sleeve at every training session and every game.

“Whether I wasn’t wanted or wasn’t needed, it took me a few days to get over it because I was angry at the fact I wanted to be there and be a part of the solution, not the problem.

“There were a few days there I was angry and hated the world for a bit.

“But I’m a big boy, I’ve been in way worse situations than what has just gone on. I still love the club, and when I say I want them to do well, I genuinely mean it.

“I’ve got no hard feelings towards anyone at the Tigers. When I go back to Leichhardt in round two, hopefully I’m not booed because I really do love the club and enjoyed the year I had there.

“Hopefully both clubs go on to make the finals next year and we meet in a big game.”

Hastings knows his move saved new Tigers coach Tim Sheens from trying to fit him, Luke Brooks and Adam Doueihi into the two starting halves positions.

The move to Newcastle would also promote healthy competition for starting spots in the halves. As it stands, Hastings, whose preferred position is halfback – not lock forward where he would have played at the Tigers – is likely to pair with Tyson Gamble or Kalyn Ponga, who has been training at five-eighth.

Hastings’ comments on Maguire will quickly explain why he was so gutted him when the coach was sacked in the middle of another disastrous season.

“I would have done anything on the field for Madge, and probably off the field as well – he made me feel like I was 10 foot tall and could run through a brick wall,” Hastings said.

“We still talk two or three times a week, and it’s not even about football. He’ll ask me about my family, my mum, my sisters – it’s a special relationship that happens every so often with people you meet. I have a mate for life.”

Hastings is familiar with many of the Knights players, including Adam Clune, who has been a good friend for 20 years, and Jack Hetherington, who he played under-20s with at the Sydney Roosters.

Adam Elliott was also a teammate in the NSW combined high schools side, Hastings was a ballboy for a few junior teams Tyson Frizell played in, and said with a laugh that he knew Dane Gagai because “of a few run-ins on the field”.
 
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