Confirmed: Matterson released from Wests Tigers.

Ryan Matterson could be headed for the exit door in the off-season as the Wests Tigers try to resolve a frosty relationship between the star forward and coach Michael Maguire. can reveal club officials, including Maguire, recently met with Matterson and his manager to discuss his future at the club.

The meeting came after the Tigers learned a number of rival NRL clubs had received expressions of interest for Matterson’s services, despite the 24-year-old still having two more years to run on his deal at the joint venture.

Matterson has arguably been the Tigers’ best player this season since joining them from the Sydney Roosters, however there has been lingering tension with the hard-nosed coach for a couple of months.

Maguire is renowned as a strict disciplinarian, and his methods often get the best out of players.

However, Matterson is used to a different style of coaching having played under Trent Robinson at the Roosters.

The Tigers, who on Thursday returned to training up until grand final week, have every intention of Matterson seeing out his deal, however the club is bracing itself for the possibility he requests a release in the coming weeks.

Last year the Tigers showed with the way they handled the Ivan Cleary situation they would only release someone from a contract if they were to benefit, which in the case of Cleary came in the form of a six-figure compensation figure.

Matterson is on a deal worth around $350,000 a season at the Tigers, and is likely to attract offers in excess of $500,000 should the current dilemma result in a request for a release.

Several clubs are monitoring the situation. It is understood the Bulldogs have been sounded out about their potential interest from someone close to Matterson, while the Knights have some money to spend given the departure of Jesse Ramien, and potentially Danny Levi and Herman Ese’ese.

Matterson is also a Parramatta junior, and the club is trying to bolster its stocks in the forwards and could pounce.

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As @avocadoontoast said in the other topic… The forum is about to go into meltdown…

The whole article comes down to a few words “Manager wants more money”

Doubt he’d be happy being only on 350k for the next two years when he’s worth double that. Club should look to upgrade him, despite the cap drama.

Disciplinarian" - in what context and compared to who? Such an ambiguous label that offers excuses for those wanting an exit but, really is feeble in terms of honouring a contract.

Well that’s just fabulous! If we lose this guy we may as well pack it in for next season now.

I honestly can’t see where the conflict between he and Madge would be. Madge is a tough disciplinarian coach and Matto is a tough, hard working trainer/player. I would’ve thought they would compliment each other and the slack trainers would be the ones complaining.

We really don’t need this, it’s a knife in the heart.

Tend to agree its $$$ that is the issue. Who is his player manager? Trent Robinson is not a disciplinarian?

If he wants to go, go, but he pays the club out for the remainder of his contract. Goes both ways.

Hmm money probs is an issue but i also remember reading quite a bit that he didn’t want to play in the middle and that he wanted to be an 80 min edge forward. Madge may have forces him.into the middle and he may not have liked that.

Fake news…although he does Need an extension and upgrade I’d say 450 plus another year or two

@hodgo he wanted to get his hands on the ball more…he loves the ball playing aspect ofthe game…it was his decision to play in the middle

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@Jimmy ok fair enough i hope you have good info regarding that

If there was anything to this, Pom would have mentioned it when he popped up yesterday.

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Interesting when players have a good year the pressure is on to upgrade their contracts but no protection for clubs if they play like rubbish. At some point something has to give.

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