Clean Out

The Mole: Wests Tigers set for player clean out after again failing to make finals.

Wests Tigers have bombed out of the finals - and I’m hearing several senior players are fuming at the club’s plans for 2021.

Coach Michael Maguire is looking at a cleanout, and wants to move several long-serving players on after six losses in their last eight games.

Kiwi international Russell Packer is on his hit-list, as is former Souths back-rower Chris McQueen, while Josh Reynolds’ future is up in the air. There are also still question marks over what to do with veteran favorite son Benji Marshall, who is off contract but has a deal on the table.

The Tigers were well-placed for a finals run two months ago but have fallen to pieces, with morale at rock bottom.

Losing by a big margin to a depleted Roosters side on the weekend was the final straw and the Tigers are looking at mass changes.

The players have been their own worst enemies, forcing Maguire’s hand.

The no-nonsense coach has seen he can’t make the finals with this squad, let alone win a comp, and knows he needs to bring in some fresh blood to liven up the Tigers’ ranks.

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