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Lies and whispers: The story of Leichhardt’s collapse

Wests Tigers players leaving

In arguably the most controversial news since the 2002 Bulldogs salary cap scandal, the Wests Tigers have all but lost their “Big 4”, putting the club back almost a decade.

Who is to blame? Let’s start with the board. They were clearly out of their depths when it came to running this club. How they allowed their top 4 players to come off contract is beyond comprehension. The player manager involved must also share the blame as he held the club to ransom. His association with the Football “guru” whisperer, and the unnecessary pressure it put on the previous coaching staff must be investigated.

Who are the winners? I would have to say the Parramatta Eels and Sydney Roosters. With Parramatta signing a young flamboyant playmaker and the Sydney Roosters signing one of the most exciting players in the game.

Who are the losers? Obviously the Tigers. Having only managed to sign the least talented of the “big 4”, they must now rebuild from the ground up. The Bulldogs may also fall into this category as it is my opinion that Aaron Woods does not fit into the historically hard man front row forward mould the fans have come to expect for decades. He will soon feel the brunt of the Canterbury faithful.

I guess what concerns me the most out of this story is the way in which Aaron Woods lied to the fans when questioned about why they hadn’t re-signed, stating the coaching uncertainty had to be addressed. The club appointed a very capable coach, yet they still managed to leave Leichhardt. Whatever happened behind the scenes at this club the past few seasons may never be truthfully told, however with all of this now history, it will be a stain forever on the club’s proud history.



  1. Scott Tigerpie Manning

    April 21, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    The board have only been in place for a little over 12 months.. They are cleaning up previous mismanagement and rediculous back end deals.
    And I am not sure about your reference to “LEICHHARDT” they play 4 games a year there and thats it, like Campbelltown Stadium.. they train and have their offices at Concord……..WestsTigers are not Balmain… its been 18 years “Admin”……

    Apart from a few over paid and over rated players leaving (read moses and Woodsy) Teddy is our only major loss…

    The Wests Tigers are probably in the best position that have been in for about a decade. They are not, and will not be held to ransom by players and player managers… they have a decent coach in place, the board is stable, the ownership is stable, and there is plenty of money to go around with the “big 3” leaving….. 2017 is not done and dusted and there is plenty still to play for.

    • Realistic Person

      April 21, 2017 at 11:02 pm

      Mate they could have said campbelltown or Homebush and the opposing 2 suburbs would have got upset. You understand the point though

  2. Lindsay

    April 21, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Our history will only get greater mate there’s problem there of cause let’s sort them out and get to be comming a great club that is deserveing we lost some good players yes but there allways someone that will replace them and let’s now get on Ivan’s bus and get behind our team

  3. Craig ryan

    April 21, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    What a shambles this debarcale has cost our team and most certainly our fans how on earth could it end up like this as a long term fan we all deserve an explanation

  4. Sydney tiger

    April 21, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    The only real Loss is teddy. I will never understand how they let him go. Saying that shows his character considering he leaves a club that has showed faith in him injury after injury. From a loyal and frustrated tigers fan year after year Moses is overrated and this woods is not playing how he used to and is not worth his asking price.

  5. Harry

    April 21, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    These players have not only held the club at ransom, they also held the fans at ransom also. Playing with the emotions of the faithful supporter base has been nothing short of disgraceful. As a supporter of wests tigers and have been since 89, i hope all the departing players fail at their new clubs. Ive lost all interest in Rugby League, it is being run by a bunch of basket cases, both at headquarters and club land. I guess the AFL and GWS have a new supporter.

  6. Reuben

    April 22, 2017 at 12:20 am

    “The board have only been in place for a little over 12 months…” and look and the drama the fans have had to go through since then. The board backed the decision to oust Robbie Farah and the way it was handled was simply embarassing. They claimed to have had the coaches back then flipped 3 games into the season?? Now this! The decisions made in the last 12 months are bad enough but the way they have been handled clearly shows how inept this cuttent board is. A dont get me started on player retention. Tedesco and Woods are just the latest in a long line of quality players this great club has let slip away. The recent decision to allow Taniela Paseka to leave (the most devestating NYC forward last year) from a team that continuously struggles up front is mind blowing. The appointment of Cleary is the sole achievement this board can be proud of however i have no faith that things will turn around while this lot are still in charge.

  7. Bill Green

    April 22, 2017 at 1:21 am

    I, like many others are disappointed that we are losing these young players but let us remember a few things: Firstly, the joy that they have bought us watching them develop into wonderful young men and footballers.They have given us many thrills!
    Secondly, they are professionals with a limited playing time and must take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way. In saying that as people of integrity I am sure that the remainder of the season will be played out with heart felt intensity.

  8. Mick

    April 22, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Where is the passion and the love of the game
    I heard someone say tigers are losers I want to play with s
    a club I can win at have a look in a mirror you top three are the looser

  9. Les Handsaker

    April 22, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Tedesco was the only real loss. The current board were not there for the previous stupid decisions. It was important to take back control of club decisions players are there to play not run a football club.
    It is important in any team game to play as a team no matter how good the indidual is.
    Another problem they had was former name Balmain players continually sniping from the sidelines instead of having a stabilising influence.

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