West Tigers football boss Tim Sheens has hit back at criticism of the club following their 72-6 loss to Roster.
It will come later News Corporation In a column for The Daily Telegraph on Monday, journalist Phil Rothfield took aim at Shanes, saying he had “a lot to answer for” after a “shocking speech” from the Tigers and “the most embarrassing loss in the club’s history”.
Sheens admitted the result was “sad” but urged fans to “keep going” because “we have to keep moving forward”.
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“What’s the next thing you’re going to do? Cry it out? No way,” Shins said. News Corporation
“We’re going to move on — that’s what you have to do.
“I’m not saying Hiccup, but these punches in the face have to be taken sometimes.
“We are desperate for speculation.
“We lost three players in the first 60 minutes… It was disappointing for everyone at the club, the players and certainly the fans. But we have to push on.
“People still talk about ‘Madge’ (former coach Michael Maguire). I offered[Cameron]Siraldo a five-year deal. I wasn’t the one who took his place.
Now I’m interim to prepare Benji (Marshall) for the next (next) three years.
Shanes confirmed that the club are still recruiting for next season and that “players will continue”.
And speaking of recruitment, Els star Isaiah Papalii has voiced fears he could back out of his deal: “Isaiah is committed to our club. He said, the agent said – I don’t want to hear it again (it won’t come).”
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However, speaking on NRL 360 on Monday night, Rothfield doubled down on his column and asked Sheens why it was a good idea to release Luciano Lilua mid-season and hand loan deals to David Nofoaluma and Oliver Gildart.
“Why did you release these three players?” Rothfield said.
“This shows what is wrong with the Leopard system. (Nofoaluma) is not playing reserve level in Melbourne.
But NRL 360 co-host Paul Kent believes the decision to leave Leylu and loan Nofoaluma and Gildart is “not a bad idea”.
“When you release players before their contracts are up, you get a salary cap hit,” he said.
“The money they save by letting them all go will save $800,000 for the rest of the season, which will peak next season.”
Rothfield questions whether the Tigers will spend that money wisely — and if there are any players worth signing up for.
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“The last time the Tigers played this much money, they signed Josh Reynolds for $850,000, Moses Mbe for $900,000 and Russell Packer for $1 million.
“I am saying that just getting this money will not solve the tigers.
“It’s slow repair, it’s rebuilding.”
Kent agreed, but it would be a good decision to release the three players and sign them all for next year as they are not making the finals this year.
“If they don’t sign anyone, it’s a decisive decision,” he added.