NRL star Jesse Ramien forced out on the spot after falling out with coach
AUGUST 1, 201911:50AM
A dispute with coach Nathan Brown has seen a Newcastle star cut on the spot when their simmering feud reached boiling point.
Star centre Jesse Ramien has been cut by Newcastle on the spot and given permission to find a new club after a heated falling out with coach Nathan Brown.
The club confirmed on Thursday Ramien has been told his services are no longer required in Newcastle — and the 22-year-old is now actively looking for a new home.
The club’s announcement came after a report from The Daily Telegraph which outlined how Brown told Ramien after training on Wednesday that he did not need to bother showing up for another training session. Ramien was one of four players axed when the Knights’ announced their team on Tuesday night to face the Sea Eagles on Saturday following their loss to the Wests Tigers last weekend.
According to the report, tensions have been simmering between Brown and Ramien for a number of weeks as the club’s finals hopes have slipped away with a surprising streak of poor performances since the end of the State of Origin period.
The newspaper reports Ramien’s axing was motivated purely by his recent performances and there is understood to be no off-field issues or behavioural reasons behind Brown’s decision to cut him loose. Ramien was singled out after the club’s disastrous round 18 loss to the Roosters and he reportedly had his attitude questioned by club officials.
Despite the tension between the coach and star recruit, the Knights released a statement on Thursday to wish Ramien all the best for the rest of his NRL career. “The Newcastle Knights have granted Jesse Ramien permission to negotiate with other clubs,” the statement claimed. “The decision this week to drop Ramien from the NRL side prompted discussions for the centre to find a new home. “These talks were mutual and the Knights have given Ramien’s management approval to negotiate. “The Knights wish him all the best.”
Brown also axed Danny Levi, Herman Ese’Ese and Jamie Buhrer for the game against Manly. Levi and Ese’Ese have also been given permission to find other clubs.Ramien began the 2019 season with a sniff of earning a NSW State of Origin jumper after a break-out 2018 with the Sharks.
He earned a significant pay-rise when he accepted a two-year deal with Newcastle, but it’s all gone horribly wrong since then.
Don’t forget Newcastle also had to shed a player to fit in that Sharks player under the cap. Probably Damien going served 2 purposes in freeing up cap space and coach dislike. I’d take a punt on him seeing as Newcastle will have to put in some money.
Nah some club will take his full contract …not many quality centres in the NRL