Wests Tigers star Jackson Hastings has spoken out on reports that his future at Concord could be in doubt.
The Sydney Morning Herald revealed at the weekend that the Tigers were set for a summer roster overhaul with Hastings on the chopping block.
According to reports, those at the club believe he is having a negative impact on the squad and Tim Sheens could be shown the door as he looks to turn the club around.
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In a statement to reporters on Wednesday, Hastings said he was on the front foot in the matter.
“This is not the first time I have heard this. I am very used to hearing such things,” he said.
“Maybe it’s easy to go back and write about a few years ago. I’ve actually talked it over with a few people at the club. They were clear that they didn’t say it. I won’t name names.
“I’m very upset that someone didn’t come and tell me if they had an issue with me. But they made it clear to me that it didn’t come from anyone in the club.
“I was happy to move on from it. I’m used to reading those things about myself. It’s all part of who I am, I guess.”
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Hastings has endured a difficult start to his NRL career. He found himself out of favor at the Roosters before falling out with several Sea Eagles players following a falling out with Manly captain Daley Cherry Evans. Then coach Trent Barrett prompted Hastings not to select him in the first grade.
He headed to the Super League where he had his career before finding an NRL lifeline with the Tigers.
“To come back and work hard to fix a few things and I fully understand that I’m not perfect and I still make mistakes, but try to pick something up too long ago and stick with that. It was disappointing to have a label on me,” Hastings said.
Hastings said he was hopeful that Benjy Marshall, who will take over from Shanes in 2025, would be in line for a new deal despite the departure of Michael Maguire.
“Shensi have made it clear that they see a role for me at the club so I hope to get a new contract and stay here.”
“You don’t want to be constantly switching and changing teams.”