The full details of Wests Tigers salary cap “mess” has been exposed by coach Michael Maguire’s falling out with one axed star.
Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire and prop Russell Packer are no longer speaking to each other, according to a report.
Packer has been at the top of the Tigers’ list of players the club wants to unload — and it’s now clear why.The Daily Telegraph’s Dean Ritchie revealed on Wednesday morning Packer and Maguire have fallen out and there is almost no chance the former Kiwi international will earn an NRL re-call with the Tigers.
Packer hasn’t played in the NRL since round six — and he reportedly is not phased about the prospect of being exiled in reserve grade for an extended period of time.
The Tigers have also had no luck in attracting offers for Packer’s fellow-out of favour stars, including Chris McQueen, Elijah Taylor and Josh Reynolds.
“It’s a mess at the moment, their roster and their salary cap,” Ritchie told Sky Sports Radio. “Packer and Maguire have fallen out. They virtually, as I understand it, don’t talk. They’re both very strong-willed personalities. And as we know with Madge, when you’re off with Madge, you’re off with Madge and there’s not a whole lot you can do about it.” Packer is reportedly earning more than $650,000 for the 2019 season and is on a long term deal through to the end of 2021.
The Tigers will reportedly announce the signing of former Parramatta captain Tim Mannah until the end of the 2019 season this week.
The club is also reportedly set to say goodbye to cult hero Mahe Fonua, who has reportedly been told he will not be offered a contract for the 2020 season.