RE: Ofahengaue Signs/ Aloiai released
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@WT46 said in Ofahengaue Signs/ Aloiai released:
Piss weak management… getting no players in return for the snake…
Aloiai’s salary is off the Tigers’ cap, and the space created has been used to sign Ofahengaue.
Do you think the Tigers should have restricted themselves to only the Manly Sea Eagles roster when it came to finding a replacement for Aloiai? Because the fact that Manly wanted to sign a prop suggests to me that they may not have that much available in the prop position.
I wish people could be more realistic about this sort of thing. Aloiai spat the dummy and acted unprofessionally, but the Tigers’ choices were (a) to just live with a roster spot taken by a guy who doesn’t want to play for them but they still have to pay, or (b) be creative to reassign that cap to a suitable replacement. By waiting until they have a replacement, the Tigers are “playing hardball” with Aloiai AND looking after their own interests.
“But why do clubs never release players to the Tigers early?” Well, perhaps it’s because a lot of the players we sign early are on development or minimum contracts and thus there’s no incentive to let them leave. If Parr and Penrith had to replace Utoikamanu and Laurie they’d only have minimum salary to do so - basically it would mean a kid or some guy off the street. The Tigers had the opportunity to use Aloiai’s money to sign a rep prop with freight being paid by his old club.
Time will tell if Aloiai or Ofahengaue is the better player, but it’s pretty clear that Ofa was a better option FOR THE TIGERS IN 2021. Any talk of getting tough or setting an example would be, clearly and undeniably, at the expense of the quality of the 2021 playing roster. That would be the stupid move, not arbitrarily demanding Manly “make it right” or taking petty, vindictive action against a player who clearly doesn’t want to be here.