We had a chance here to stand up to these players, and instead we caved.
I genuinely don’t understand why people think this. The Tigers said they weren’t going to just release Aloiai without a replacement. Such a replacement became available, and they were able to use the cash they were going to spend on Aloiai to secure him.
Pick an option:
A) Stick Aloiai in reserves and don’t replace him on the first grade roster, to make a point that we won’t be pushed around.
B) Stick Aloiai in reserves and sign another prop, using money that could have been used to strengthen the squad elsewhere.
C) Decline to release Aloiai until a suitable replacement can be found, find one, sign him and then release Aloiai to free up cap space for said signing - thus making a like-for-like swap.
You’re totally welcome to believe Ofahengaue isn’t a good replacement for Aloiai. You might be right. But if the club thinks he is, using Aloiai’s money to get him is clearly the best outcome for the 2021 roster.
Joe O is not a replacement for Aloiai. There was plenty of room and funds for both. I don’t watch Broncos except for when we play them, so I don’t know much about our new player. I’m hoping for good things though.
Gaining Joe and losing Josh are two unrelated events.
The problem here is we said we would not release Josh A unless we received a financial advantage. That was a very public statement. And now WT have said we received a payment for Josh A (good to hear) but we’re not disclosing how much, WT just wants us to trust them. Maybe it was a high enough amount, and really if the figure was publicised, only WT are in a position to adequately judge whether the figure meets their criteria or not for it being a ‘good enough’ amount.
It is just very unfortunate that there was no deterrent for players stitching us up again. And a lot of us said this last time with Matterson. So who’s next? Nofa? Twal? Mikaele? Talau? Liddle? I’m guessing it’s more than one next time. Wonder how that will go down.
That is so true…were now a serial a soft touch whomever we improve who decides to bail mid contract…oh its ok…we’ll find someone else to replace you…go rite ahead.
And compensation…well,thats a secret
Not the way to run a business
We had a disgruntled employee that we “sold” to another club and we recruited arguably a better more experienced player in return that comes on board knowing what is expected. I think it’s exactly the way to do business in this instance…