Lots of peeps disappointed with our ladder position and after 9 years - rightly so. I think Justin Pascoe wants to the Tigers to be a destination of choice but we are more like the last chance hotel. Other clubs trash become our treasure. It’s ok to have the odd player who was wanted for whatever reason. New club - new start, but we have nearly built an entire roster on it.
JRey - hadn’t played in the preceding 12 months at the Dogs before we signed him And was coming off contract . We basically doubled their offer. Yes he was still wanted at Dogs but not for the price or tenure of contract.
MBye - Was being shopped around by the Dogs. Huge back ended contract that we are paying for and was failing to spark the Dogs attack. It’s hard to believe that their attack was worse then than it is now.
BJ - Unwanted by the Raiders. Was being forced out with the purchase of Curtis Scott. I think we probably paid overs for him and gave him 4 years.
Eiso- Not wanted by Penrith.
Clark - see above
Twal - Not 100% sure but I think they released him to us as he was excess
Mataulino - was already struggling with significant knee issues when he arrived from Warriors
Doueihi - Could have probably stayed with Rabbits but was unlikely to be in starting 17 unless through injury.
Jennings - unwanted at Souths
Taylor - Unwanted at Penrith. Playing reserve grade
McQueen - not sure If we signed him prior to or after his neck injury but was not going to be wanted.
Robbie and Benji - their story is a bit different but without the Tigers offering them a place probably would have both retired in 2018.
There are probably others in the squad as well
Melbourne on the other hand have a core group of stars and buy the odd discard with the right attitude and that improves those players. E.g. Brenko Lee, Justin Olam, Tom Eisenhuth etc. We have tended to buy discards as marquee signings and that doesn’t really work.