@GNR4LIFE said in Confirmed: Matterson released from Wests Tigers.:
We have 1.7 million dollars to spend. Enough cash to throw at anyone we wanted. We could offer the whole lot to Fifita and he’d be ours. And the forum still finds a way to wallow
Last post on this from me on this issue and you all can get back to patting the club on the back for negotiating a brilliant settlement of nothing.
Signing Fifita on 1.7 mil a year contract would be stupid and I would wallow. I feel we had a lot longer to make a decision on Matterson. Let the offseason start, get preseason going, move into next year. If it still hasn’t worked out then and no one’s offered anything then you can grant him a release and still collect your nothing then. By then, he’d have been holding out, damaging his reputation and not getting paid. other players would look at that and think that’s not such a good idea. As it is, Matterson’s had a whinge to his manager, skipped training, had a nice holiday and been rewarded with a release. That’ll show the next player who tries a stunt like this!
The 400k saved on releasing Matterson isn’t going to go directly to a player we’re buying now as we already have freed up 1.3 million and we’re not going to spend all of our cap now anyway.
So if you’re scared about the daily telegraph writing big scary articles about you maybe you have to act now, but who cares what the press writes?
People keep talking about the players being upset with him, does that mean they’re going to train less hard? Would there be no way of explaining the strategy to the players?
It just seems to me like we gain nothing by releasing him and it only harms us when this situation arises in the future. Giving Moses his release two years ago got us nothing and weakened wests tigers contracts. Releasing Matterson for nothing as well only damages the strength of our contracts more. Why would another team offer us something next time when they know how spineless we are? What’s to stop a player from having a similar whinge when they see Matterson and Moses go on to have big contracts and representative success at other clubs after leaving our club? It’s just a stupid shortsighted move by our club that resolves the issue today, but creates bigger hassles for us next time around.
At some point you have to wear a bit of discomfort to make things better. A bit of patience and conviction by the club would have really helped here. This isn’t the Cleary situation. A coach who wants to be elsewhere stuffs up all of recruitment, training and decision making. Cleary had to go and we made that situation work and actually got compensation despite needing to move on from Cleary. Having a disgruntled player on the sideline isn’t the same problem. New signings aren’t justification for getting rid of Matterson for nothing. The two things don’t correlate.