'The biggest shock of my career': Nofoaluma didn't see axing coming



  • ‘The biggest shock of my career’: Nofoaluma didn’t see axing coming

    By Adrian Proszenko
    10 March 2018 — 4:36pm

    David Nofoaluma’s sacking came as a shock to all. Not least the man himself.

    “Definitely. It was one of the biggest shocks of my career so far,” Nofoaluma said after running out for Wests Magpies against Canterbury, instead of playing for the Tigers against the Roosters.

    “I respect Ivan’s [coach Ivan Cleary’s] decision and he thinks the side playing today is the best line-up. I respect that decision, I just went out there to play my footy.”

    When the 16 clubs named their sides for the opening round of the competition, Nofoaluma’s demotion to reserve grade was the biggest shock. Wests Tigers fans and fantasy football afficianados went into meltdown after arguably the club’s best player of 2017 was dumped to reserve grade.

    The unheralded Corey Thompson, back after a two-year stint in the Super League, instead got the nod for the season opener against the Roosters.

    “It was a bit different,” Nofoaluma said. “Obviously I’m used to playing first grade. It’s a bit slower and a totally different feel to first grade.”

    Asked if Cleary had outlined the reasons for the demotion, the Samoan international said: “Not anything specific. He didn’t tell me much, what the problem was or what I’ve done wrong. It was a pretty quick convo, it was a shock to me. I just wanted to come out today and let my footy do the talking.”

    That he did. Nofoaluma scored two tries in the Magpies’ 32-10 win against Canterbury. Whether it is enough for a recall remains to be seen.

    “I feel like I was doing things right,” Nofoaluma said of his first pre-season under Cleary.

    “But in saying that, for me coming out today, even the whole week leading up to this game, it makes you feel like you’ve got to perform at your best to be at the top with the best. Hopefully I did my job today and performed well and hopefully I get the call-up next week.”

    Nofoaluma was the first big name to re-sign with the club after the debacle that was the ‘big four’ contract negotiations. He knocked back an approach from Parramatta to commit for a further four years.

    “Pre-season’s always a tough time of the year. Ivan’s, this off-season was really tough. A lot of boys trained really hard and I suppose some players stuck out better than others and that’s what got them here today in round one. Good on them and all the best to them today.”



  • Bit disappointing if true that Ivan didn’t outline what areas he needs to work on.



  • He would be silly to say to the media what Ivan wants him to work on.



  • True, but why not say there’s a couple of things Ivan wants me to do better. Rather than saying I was not nothing. He makes it sound like Ivan said “you’re dropped, sorry bye” which I doubt is true



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    He would be silly to say to the media what Ivan wants him to work on.

    Yeah he’ll know. Hell, we all know, he needs to fix his defensive positioning and improve his defensive decision making.



  • He will be back before you know it


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    He would be silly to say to the media what Ivan wants him to work on.

    Yeah he’ll know. Hell, we all know, he needs to fix his defensive positioning and improve his defensive decision making.

    As do they all ….the left edge still conceded a very simple TRY with the centre and winger both coming a long way in…and we were found out more than once down both edges…another day the scoreboard could have been different…

    Nofoaluma was good defensively in ISP yesterday…snuffed out the Dogs a few times…



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    He would be silly to say to the media what Ivan wants him to work on.

    Yeah he’ll know. Hell, we all know, he needs to fix his defensive positioning and improve his defensive decision making.

    As do they all ….the left edge still conceded a very simple TRY with the centre and winger both coming a long way in…and we were found out more than once down both edges…another day the scoreboard could have been different…

    Nofoaluma was good defensively in ISP yesterday…snuffed out the Dogs a few times…

    Which wing did he play on in reggies?



  • He was sorely missed. He brings the ball back like no one else and when close to the try line he can get to the one percenters. I would be VERY surprised if Ivan kept him out.
    Can he play instead of kevin? Now there’s someone who I would gladly see in reggies.



  • https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2018/03/10/nofoaluma-scores-double-in-western-suburbs-win/

    Highlights from the reggies. Double from nofa via 2 nice kicks from gamble. Garner(12) looks the goods.


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    He would be silly to say to the media what Ivan wants him to work on.

    Yeah he’ll know. Hell, we all know, he needs to fix his defensive positioning and improve his defensive decision making.

    As do they all ….the left edge still conceded a very simple TRY with the centre and winger both coming a long way in…and we were found out more than once down both edges…another day the scoreboard could have been different…

    Nofoaluma was good defensively in ISP yesterday…snuffed out the Dogs a few times…

    Which wing did he play on in reggies?

    Right edge …along with Milne and McQueen Drinkwater…



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    He would be silly to say to the media what Ivan wants him to work on.

    Yeah he’ll know. Hell, we all know, he needs to fix his defensive positioning and improve his defensive decision making.

    As do they all ….the left edge still conceded a very simple TRY with the centre and winger both coming a long way in…and we were found out more than once down both edges…another day the scoreboard could have been different…

    Nofoaluma was good defensively in ISP yesterday…snuffed out the Dogs a few times…

    Not really MWZ fault, he was stranded in no mans land because his inside man left him posted on his own.


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    He would be silly to say to the media what Ivan wants him to work on.

    Yeah he’ll know. Hell, we all know, he needs to fix his defensive positioning and improve his defensive decision making.

    As do they all ….the left edge still conceded a very simple TRY with the centre and winger both coming a long way in…and we were found out more than once down both edges…another day the scoreboard could have been different…

    Nofoaluma was good defensively in ISP yesterday…snuffed out the Dogs a few times…

    Not really MWZ fault, he was stranded in no mans land because his inside man left him posted on his own.

    Like we haven’t seen that before…I’m not blaming MWZ either…defence in about working together as a unit…

    Yet when it’s Nofoaluma …hmmmm



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    Yeah he’ll know. Hell, we all know, he needs to fix his defensive positioning and improve his defensive decision making.

    As do they all ….the left edge still conceded a very simple TRY with the centre and winger both coming a long way in…and we were found out more than once down both edges…another day the scoreboard could have been different…

    Nofoaluma was good defensively in ISP yesterday…snuffed out the Dogs a few times…

    Not really MWZ fault, he was stranded in no mans land because his inside man left him posted on his own.

    Like we haven’t seen that before…I’m not blaming MWZ either…defence in about working together as a unit…

    Yet when it’s Nofoaluma …hmmmm

    It’s happened to our wingers for years. Richards, Koro, they’ve all copped it.



  • That’s how you respond to being out of favour. You don’t sook, ask for a release and play the mental health card. The club does not need to shove the unity thing down our throats, it’s there for us to see ourselves when all the guys who were playing for the Magpies were going crazy like they were supporters. That showed more in a minute than 6 months of stupid catch phrases.


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