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@izotope said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

who are the other 3?? or talking about the ones who left already this year “Ben Matulino (2018-19), Corey Thompson (2018-20) and Chris McQueen (2018-20)”

Wests Tigers have confirmed that eight players will depart the club at the end of the 2020 season.

Benji Marshall, Chris Lawrence, Dylan Smith, Elijah Taylor, Harry Grant, Matt Eisenhuth, Robert Jennings and Oliver Clark were all recognised at the club’s final home game on Saturday and will be officially farewelled at the club’s end-of-season Kelly-Barnes Award later this week.

Yep they counted McQueen, Thompson and Matulino in the departing players at the game.

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How long can the media drag this out? The season is over and we have made it clear he is not coming back. Time for Benji on and let it go.

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@Bob said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@rihannafan1 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@izotope said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

More dribble - read headline then last paragraph.
Top tryscorer was ‘very close’ to signing with Tigers. But the club blew it with a lowball offer
NRL PREMIERSHIP
Darcie McDonald
September 29, 2020 2:19pm
DARCIE MCDONALD
Source: FOX SPORTS

Fresh off a five-try clinic against the Roosters on Friday, South Sydney flyer Alex Johnston has revealed he was “days” away from inking a deal with the Wests Tigers.
The 25-year-old, who finished the season as the competition’s top tryscorer, re-signed with the Rabbitohs earlier this month after the club backflipped on their decision to let him go.

Johnston was informed by the club in October last year that salary cap space will be tight in 2021 and there may not be room for him. Then in April, South Sydney let Johnston know that they could not make him an offer for 2021 as there was only space for minimum wage contracts. It was heartbreaking news for the local junior who has been nothing but a fantastic ambassador and consistent player for the Bunnies.

Resigned to the fact he wouldn’t be a Rabbitoh next season he began talks with other clubs. During that time, his looming exit came to light and outraged fans began a petition to keep Johnston at Redfern.

There was plenty of interest in the former Kangaroos winger with the Bulldogs, Cowboys, Storm and Tigers all talking to Johnston and his manager. The Storm and Tigers made an offer to Johnston before the Rabbitohs came to the table with a deal as well, which Johnston took despite it being around $100,000 less per year than what Melbourne offered.

Johnston revealed on Tuesday that he was actually “very close” to signing with either the Storm or Tigers. He was keen to reunite with former Bunnies coach Michael Maguire whom he wont the 2014 Grand Final with but the problem with the Tigers though was that they offered him a lowball deal. And for the record he never expected or asked for big money or ‘fullback money,’ contrary to many reports.

“They were the main two (Storm and Tigers). I was very close, and it pretty much came down to a couple of days there where it was 50/50,” he said.

“The other clubs were very good to me, very tempting and I think I’d say 50/50 were the odds at the end of the day.

“It was pretty weird to think about it. I gave myself every chance to try and stay in Sydney and stay with Souths, and I’m just lucky that it came through.

“I don’t want to say too much about what went on, but the Tigers deal was not as high as other clubs.”

It was a tough slog for Johnston who has always wanted to be a one-club man. He described the period as a “rollercoaster” and admitted that he held onto a “a little bit of hope” that Souths could work something out to keep him.

“Mentally it was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for me. A lot of ups and downs – I just tried to use it as motivation the best I could at the start of the year. The longer the season went, the longer it was playing on my mind,” he said.

“I was pretty stoked to have some interest from other clubs and then finally sign the contract, it was a huge relief. I get to stay at Souths and now I think my best footy is coming to fruition.

“I did hold a little bit of hope there when sometimes it didn’t look like it was going to happen. If I kept playing good footy and staying motivated, something might happen and I’m very fortunate that it did.

“Wayne pulled me aside and said he was going to do his best to keep me and to hang in there. Once it came through that there was a contract there, I was pretty stoked and couldn’t wait to put pen to paper.”

The Tigers are in the market for a number of positions with Maguire letting go of eight players ahead of the 2021 season.

Storm star Josh Addo-Carr has been linked to a return to the Tigers, his former club, which could be the reason why they weren’t able to offer Johnston a better deal. After missing out on Johnston’s signature, the Tigers are desperate to land Addo-Carr and are also reportedly eyeing Raiders winger Jordan Rapana.

Thanks for the heads up. Glad we offered what we did.

I dunno who is in this writer’s ear to make her state that it was a lowball offer. Last I knew that was a term of criticism. But…

If the bloke was in demand he’d have been offered better than us by a Sydney club. And he wasn’t. Even his own club didn’t want to keep him.

Lowball? Sounds more like market value to me.

It’s crazy right!! He signed for 100k less to stay at South’s. why isn’t the headline “AJ stays loyal despite disgraceful lowball offer for club legend. Or even “impending retirement of smith and Bellamy may cause end of era as Storm unable to sign AJ despite offering monster contract”

Why are the tigers a part of this storyline. It’s clear south’s offered the least, storm the most, yet we are the focus of the article, I cannot wrap my head around why!

Come on Bob don’t you know the Tigers are always doing wrong by the players. It’s in our club culture that we do the wrong thing to every player that even thinks of playing here

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@Swordy said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Chicken_Faced_Killa said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@05TIGZZ said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Gazlord95 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

God I hope Packer gives up and retires, hopefully we start engaging in more club options when creating contracts with risky signings

Packer and Reynolds , $1.5m tied up with absolutely zero return. I really thought Reynolds was the kind of guy who wouldn’t sit on the sideline earning his pay cheque and would want out to earn his money. I don’t think the tigers could be any clearer that he’s not required.

Problem is someone has to be willing to take him. If he can’t find a new job there’s no point leaving his current one.

The point of him getting another job is to extend his money making ability. If he sits in Reggies this year, he will get his dollars next year and end his career. If he looks elsewhere and gets a buyer, he extended his career by another 2 years and potentially another $1m in the pocket.

If that doesnt drive him, nothing will. Trouble is, people aren’t wasting money on anyone in the current environment.

I believe he has been looking and we have been looking but no one is keen

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@05TIGZZ said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Gazlord95 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

God I hope Packer gives up and retires, hopefully we start engaging in more club options when creating contracts with risky signings

Packer and Reynolds , $1.5m tied up with absolutely zero return. I really thought Reynolds was the kind of guy who wouldn’t sit on the sideline earning his pay cheque and would want out to earn his money. I don’t think the tigers could be any clearer that he’s not required.

Problem is someone has to be willing to take him. If he can’t find a new job there’s no point leaving his current one.

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@innsaneink said in Round 20 Spoilers:

@Geo said in Round 20 Spoilers:

@innsaneink said in Round 20 Spoilers:

@Geo said in Round 20 Spoilers:

Last time I saw that was Under 8’s when the fat kid hadn’t scored all year…

Rangi chase did it for us… Forgot who he gave it to

Schooner for the answer

It wasn’t to hard to track down as Rangi only played one game for us…We scored 2 TRIES…he scored 1…

the other Drum roll…Taniela Tuiaki…

Maybe my memories not what it was… Didn’t think TT would be getting a charity pie off RC… We were hammering someone this game… Maybe it was a trial but I thought it was at Telstra

I remember the incident you are talking about Ink. Taniela threw the ball over his head almost to give Rangi his first NRL try. Was a dumb play, against the bulldogs from memory

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Good thing the Roosters picked up that Sonny Bill fella he’s really helped their season

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My first favourite cricketer. Such a talent. Can’t believe this news, still young

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@Russell said in Our Forum Endorses #KeepBenji:

@Wests_Tony said in Our Forum Endorses #KeepBenji:

I get that he overcooked that kick. He could have waited until the last tackle, but Souths would have been sweating on and ready for it, so he did what the the opposition didn’t expect by kicking early. Doing the unexpected is something he has done throughout his career, leading to many thrilling moments. It’s also easy to forget that his clever play led to 3 tries, which brought the Tigers back into the contest.

Minus the two that he let in.

I hope you are not counting his flick pass as one of the tries. Cause that wasn’t his try.

That flick pass only had to happen because he stuffed the kick and he had no other choice as he was wedged against the sideline. Thank goodness Nofoaluma had the vision to get us a try there

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@innsaneink said in Our Forum Endorses #KeepBenji:

There’s no forum without members, and it looks like the members have spoken

We do not endorse #keepbunji

Yep was thinking this as well. Can we change the tread title to reflect the forum members