Senior Tigers hope Lawrence gets testimonial game – and a new contract



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    By Christian Nicolussi
    February 23, 2019 — 5.16pm

    Senior Wests Tigers players believe Chris Lawrence should be one of the next players in line to be honoured with a testimonial game, but there remains one sticking point – he does not have deal for next year.

    With John Sutton due to be given a testimonial at Redfern Oval for his unwavering service to South Sydney and rugby league on Saturday night, several Tigers said loyal Lawrence deserved one as well.

    Loyal: Chris Lawrence has bled for the Tigers and wants to stay a one-club man.

    Loyal: Chris Lawrence has bled for the Tigers and wants to stay a one-club man.Credit:NRL Photos

    Lawrence has spent more than a decade at the Tigers, will likely reach 250 games later in the season, played six Tests for Australia and has never been involved in any off-field scandal.

    But one criterion that Lawrence is yet to satisfy is a contract for 2020, something he wants but also knows will not happen in the short-term while the Tigers await the NRL’s actions against their chief executive, Justin Pascoe, and their salary-cap breaches.

    Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall look set to enter their final season, but after Farah was forced out to play with Souths, and Marshall had a cameo in Super Rugby, both are ineligible for a testimonial.

    Lawrence, who debuted under Tim Sheens as a 17-year-old, has been a constant through some of the Tigers’ turbulent times, with a trial game in his hometown of Campbelltown the ultimate testimonial opportunity. Such a game allows for money to be raised for charity.

    Familiar figure: Lawrence scores for the Tigers at CUA Stadium in Penrith back in 2007.

    Familiar figure: Lawrence scores for the Tigers at CUA Stadium in Penrith back in 2007.Credit:Craig Golding

    “If you ask any fan who they think is the most passionate at this club, they’d say Chris Lawrence,” Marshall said . "I was actually filthy ‘Sutto’ hadn’t had one because of what he had done for South Sydney. If you play for your club that long like Sutto has, you’re entitled to one, and Chris Lawrence is exactly the same.

    "Through thick and thin he’s been here the longest, he’s been through the highs and lows, and drives the standards here at training like nobody I’ve seen.

    “It’s fitting, and if Sutto is allowed to have one, he should have one.”

    Farah added: "It would be awesome for ‘Rowdy’ to have one. He’s a Campbelltown boy and I remember him making his debut as a 17-year-old when he was still in high school.

    “I don’t see him leaving. It’s something we should promote in the game … we should reward loyalty.”

    Lawrence is only 30 but would love the chance to play a 15th straight season at the Tigers. The bond he has built with Luke Brooks on the left edge is just one of the reasons he would love a new deal.

    "I think I’ve still got at least another couple of years left in me, I’ve only been at this club, I’d love to stay, and hopefully it takes care of itself,’’ Lawrence said.

    "Footy is a funny game. Obviously the club has some things to sort out. At some point there will come a time and we will sit down and have a chat about it and go from there.

    'I think I've still got at least another couple of years left in me': Chris Lawrence.

    ‘I think I’ve still got at least another couple of years left in me’: Chris Lawrence.Credit:NRL Photos

    "I’d never say never [about going elsewhere]. As everyone knows in today’s game, footy can change from month to month. As players we need to learn to be open, even though you don’t want to be at times. I’d never say never because it might not be my decision. But I’d love to stay here.’’

    As for his combination with Brooks, Lawrence said: "He helped me out with his form last year while I felt I took some of the pressure off him as well.

    "I’ve already seen the improvements again on the training field. I saw through the year how his game grew and he matured, but there was still so much improvement, which is scary. I can’t wait to see him this year.’’



  • It really should be simple

    Two teams that have two lifetime players play in a pre season trial and the money is raised for them

    Outside the cap


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    Sign him up Madge…



  • What a guy!!!

    Do yourself a favor - Sign Rowdy, Madge.



  • Rowdy has never had one blemish on his off field record, and he plays 100% when on the field, he took a reduced contract to help the club out, if we had more players like him we would be a far more successful club.
    He deserves to go around again next year, hope it gets sorted as soon as the decision is handed down



  • Easy fix just sign him



  • I love Rowdy as much as the next bloke …but there is a lot of good footy players off contract at seasons end …some who are far healthier and far younger

    Again both parties need to be realistic …if they are I’m sure we will come up with a deal that both are happy with



  • @happy_tiger:

    Again both parties need to be realistic …if they are I’m sure we will come up with a deal that both are happy with

    Rowdy has always been a team 1st sort of guy, offer him a fair deal and I think he will stay. Also need to remember he falls into the long serving player allowance so his contract will be heavily discounted on the cap. Do we have any other players that fit the long serving player allowance?



  • Maybe we could offer Rowdy a ambassadorial role. No harm in that hey??



  • Everyone is signed with an ambassadorial role

    If you weren’t you’d were the lone wolf



  • Speaking of ambassadorial roles, what would be the salary cap allowance if the following were the conditions of a contract……

    “That Wests Tigers agree with the (insert name) to provide employment in the role of club ambassador, with terms and conditions as well as remuneration to be mutually agreed by the parties after retirement”

    No amounts are mentioned…so presuming relevant parties signed, how would you include that on the cap?



  • @Swordy:

    Speaking of ambassadorial roles, what would be the salary cap allowance if the following were the conditions of a contract…

    “That Wests Tigers agree with the (insert name) to provide employment in the role of club ambassador, with terms and conditions as well as remuneration to be mutually agreed by the parties after retirement”

    No amounts are mentioned…so presuming relevant parties signed, how would you include that on the cap?

    The NRL would not approve that contract.



  • @cochise:

    Speaking of ambassadorial roles, what would be the salary cap allowance if the following were the conditions of a contract…

    “That Wests Tigers agree with the (insert name) to provide employment in the role of club ambassador, with terms and conditions as well as remuneration to be mutually agreed by the parties after retirement”

    No amounts are mentioned…so presuming relevant parties signed, how would you include that on the cap?

    The NRL would not approve that contract.

    What if it was a Roosters contract?



  • Signed, sealed, delivered, endorsed and celebrated. Hell they might put it on a billboard over in America


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