Tigerheart, we all support our teams for different reasons. I was born in Manly territory but switched to the Tigers as a teen, I liked the style of play that Lockwood, Pringle and McMahon brought to the midweek Amco Cup. After more than 40 years supporting Balmain/WT, I have seen 1 premiership for the joint team. I have seen lots of good players leave on bad terms (Glenn Morrison, Luke O’Donnell etc) before this year’s dropouts. I have seen good players walk out to get better deals before (Greg Cox, Pat Richards etc). The last couple of years I have seen good players forced out against their will, if we can believe the press. Is that the club’s fault or the changing nature of the business? In any case, it’s not enough to make me change teams. I started out supporting players but somewhere that changed into supporting the club, although I have no interest in who runs the office.
I am in Qld suffering the effects of a Qld press who only write about Qld teams. So I turn to these forums to feel better about my team, but not everyone here remembers the club’s past. People are putting the boot into Elias because of what his nephew is doing. Benny was one of the best to wear the Tigers jersey and is entitled to his opinions. As we all are. So let’s stay positive.
So, is this year any darker than others? Not really. Is there light for the future? Definitely, but it may take time. The 90’s were embarrassing. Too many players left after the '05 win so we could not get a roll on. But we have not had a spending spree like the current one EVER, so something may change.
BTW, the names you mentioned: Wayne Miranda and Wayne Wigham, were actually decent players (IMO). Baysarri was ordinary, and I don’t even remember Mark Lawson.