@weststigers Yes, but Brooks was wisely upgraded to 700-800k.
That aside I take your point. Benji and Robbie were loyal to our club. Hey they had faults as players but they had taken unders and rejected bigger offers…
Also Chris Heighington knocked back Wayne Bennett at the Dragons because he felt Sheens was the better Coach.
^ which points to one thing. Sheens Got Culture. Sheens demise was that he did not buffer the players enough while removing Chris Heighington and Beau Ryan (with some very poor trades). Leading to the players wanting him removed, uada yada yada… My point is Sheens Got Culture. He developed a culture where players were playing for Unders and wanted to stay with the Tigers. Heck Manly mastered this.
Let’s not look too far. The best employees want to work at the best companies, with the most money and the best conditions.
As players, I don’t think they’d be any different.
The question is, what are we, as a club, doing about it?
Personally, I think we’ve identified the reasons/excuses that are given about why players don’t want to come to the club. We’re now moving towards something better, but it takes time. Here’s a few things I’ve noticed that will hopefully push us towards being a club that players want to play for:
1. Centre of Excellence
Training facilities are important and we’ll be up there with the best teams in that regard. Once this is built, facilities won’t be a reason we don’t sign good players.
2. Unification of the club
Now that Wests Ashfield have taken over (ex-Balmain here), this will mean the boardroom bickering will cease. Decisions can be made without having to worry about the Balmain/Wests hardheads getting in the way of good decisions for the Wests Tigers.
3. Profitable Leagues Club
Wests Ashfield and Balmain Leagues Club at Sydney Markets are profitable. Money isn’t an issue for us and if the Rozelle site goes through, we’ll have a unified WESTS TIGERS leagues club in the heart of Sydney. That’s 3 leagues clubs feeding the the club and gives us a solid financial position into the future.
4. Quality Coach
He may not be to everyone’s taste, but he’s not some Johnny come lately reserve grade coach trying to make a name for himself and using our team as a lab experiment.