Wests Tigers have threatened to fine and then sack disgruntled forward Josh Aloiai if he fails to attend the club’s pre-season training which begins next week.
Aloiai and his management are agitating for a release form the final year of his Tigers deal to sign a more lucrative contract with Manly, but the club refuses to be a door mat.
The Daily Telegraph revealed a source close to the Wests Tigers was adamant the club would play hard ball with the 25-year-old.
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The source told News Corp: “The club is standing strong — Josh won’t be released from his current playing commitments until there is outcome the club will accept. The club’s preference would be a player to replace him.
“Wests Tigers are adamant they can’t have a player of his quality just get up and walk out. They put a lot of work into Josh. The majority of Wests Tigers fans and members are onside with management over this — if you’ve made an agreement, fulfil that agreement.
“It’s not that difficult — see out your contract and then if you want to move on then move on. Clubs spend a lot of time formulating a roster and when a key players just get up and walk out, it puts the club on the back foot.
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“Why should Wests Tigers suffer because a player wants to chase more money elsewhere when still under contract? I know it isn’t something the club wanted to play out in the public domain but Wests Tigers know this wasn’t their doing.”
Aloiai has the same manager as Addin Fonua-Blake, the Warriors signing who he is looking to replace at the Sea Eagles.
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The 90-game NRL star told the club he will never wear the Tigers jersey again, before chairman Lee Hagipantelis hit back by saying, “he can mow the lawns at Leichhardt and Campbelltown”.
In response to that comment, Aloiai photoshopped his head on a gardener mowing a lawn with the caption “I’ll make sure it’s a super fast track boys”.
Josh Aloiai in action for the Tigers against the Rabbitohs.Source:Getty Images
The Tigers will commence pre-season training on Monday and should Aloiai fail to appear without a reasonable excuse he will be fined. Failure to attend again on Tuesday could result in his immediate sacking.
The Tigers are resigned to losing Aloiai, but are trying to initiate a player swap with Manly, with former junior Curtis Sironen an option, but the Sea Eagles have so far baulked at that suggestion.
Originally published asShow up or you’re sacked: Tigers’ ultimatum to disgruntled star
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