Mitchell Moses finally granted release by Wests Tigers

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    Mitchell Moses has reportedly been granted a release from the West Tigers and will play this weekend for Parramatta.

    The five-eighth has not been at Tigers training for the past two days at Concord and has been agitating for several weeks for an immediate release after messy contract negotiations had broken down.

    He has already signed with the Eels for 2018 and News Corp Australia reports the No.6 has been cleared to join the Eels, ending weeks of turmoil.

    He appears set to line up for the Eels against Canberra on Saturday at ANZ Stadium, a timely inclusion for Brad Arthur’s side, with playmaker Corey Norman out with a knee injury.

    He could line up against the Tigers in July when they face off against the Eels in round 20.

    Moses asked for permission to join the Eels mid-season after new coach Ivan Cleary and Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe withdrew a contract extension offer in an attempt to focus on re-signing Luke Brooks, Aaron Woods and James Tedesco.

    Tedesco ultimately signed with the Sydney Roosters while Woods will join Canterbury next year.

    Moses has asked the Tigers on several occasions for a release but been knocked back.

    He attracted criticism for his attitude in last week’s 28-8 loss to South Sydney after missing eight tackles.

    It’s unknown how the Tigers will plug the hole left by Moses’ departure after the Warriors on Monday had denied Tui Lolohea an immediate release to join the joint venture.

    © AAP 2018

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    • May 16th 2017 @ 3:12pm
      Mad Magpie Rob said | May 16th 2017 @ 3:12pm | ! Report

      What a horrible year for the Wests faithful. In summary, all I can say about Moses is fare ye well and good riddance. Obviously a person of outstanding character or perhaps a pawn under the tutelage of a poor advisor. The offer was there for the taking, a huge amount for a player that is yet to 100% prove his worth and was being given on potential. I hope he enjoys playing the fool for a quality person like Isaac. Also, wish he could take his Uncle with him. No need to sully the good name of our club with characters of his ilk.
      Meanwhile, the transfer saga is an abomination for us fans. 2017 is a write off for any Wests fans. Many of us are gutted. The way the NRL run our game means that we now need to wait until 2018 to see our REAL Wests team and what Cleary can do??? Absolutely without argument, the club management itself is a disgrace, sacking our coach 3rd game into the season, (no matter how bad he was – should have been done before the off season), and then failing to lock down at least one of the real big TWO, still don’t know how we ever came up with a big FOUR. But the NRL allowing transfers to be negotiated and done with the actual season is a disgrace. I’m completely sick to death of these Ex Players talking about the welfare of the players as the prime concern, and then players of today like our Ex Captain saying, “I just want to play footy, it’s all about the footy”. What these fine self centred gentlemen, along with the NRL fail to take into account is the club itself. IT’s not about the players, it’s also not just about the footy, it’s about the club, or more specifically the FANS. We pay for the merchandise, we pay the rip off prices at the footy grounds, we pay for the memberships, we pay for the wages of the PLAYERS, ADMINISTRATORS, EX PLAYERS in the media like that one eyed, worst ever commentator Manly/QLD person on 9 and also the NRL. It’s because of the fans that sponsors also want to get on board, so that they too can get onto the gravy train for their cut. Yet in everything I’ve heard over the last few weeks, whether it’s in the press, channel 9, FOX or on the web, there is pathetically little said about the fans themselves. Well, not from me, sorry fellas, not one red cent is coming from Mad Magpie Rob until 2018. Except of course with the SOO this year, especially as the Blues are about to seriously kick some QLD behind………. Go the Blues……

      • May 16th 2017 @ 6:48pm
        John said | May 16th 2017 @ 6:48pm | ! Report

        Magpie Rob, feel for you mate.
        The old adage “you reap what you sow” rings loud and true at the Tigers.
        Sacked a club legend mid contract last year which spoke volumes to “loyalty” and “honouring a contract.”
        This year they have completely bungled the contract negotiations of their off contract players.
        Three of four guns from your own house have left and it seems more are headed out the door.
        At the same time they managed to sack the coach and the new messiah is now proving to be anything but.

      • May 16th 2017 @ 7:02pm
        bigbaz said | May 16th 2017 @ 7:02pm | ! Report

        Great great post

      • May 17th 2017 @ 11:07am
        Darren sanders said | May 17th 2017 @ 11:07am | ! Report

        Take Benny Elias a legend at the tigers funny huh another hooked huh like Farrah any player no mater how long you are at this club the fans will turn on you

        • May 17th 2017 @ 1:43pm
          Mad Magpie Rob said | May 17th 2017 @ 1:43pm | ! Report

          Well Darren, obviously not up to speed with any facts, see that you have no idea, so I just thought I’d help you out. From a Wests Tigers Fan’s perspective, in my most humble opinion of course.. First: Check out my Name – “Mad Magpie” – Benny ain’t no club legend of mine. Although I am more than happy to embrace any Balmain club legend that will now embrace the Wests Tigers. The man is a loud mouth disgrace. His performance on Channel Nine “The Footy Show” when they set up a segment with himself and the Falcon was an insight into the man’s character, or more precisely, he’s very evident lack of character. Coming on TV, he’s referred to the Wests Tigers as Balmain, not something that a Mad Magpie would appreciate – he obviously isn’t on board with supporting the WESTS TIGERS. Further in a recent interview on Fox 360 – which I now refuse to watch as he appears to have become a regular, he used his exposure on TV to blame the Wests side of the merger for all of the current club’s woes as they have the majority vote. I wonder who really is to blame for that? Perhaps I might stir your memory to the time when the Balmain Tigers had sold their club to developers? Who was one of the main proponents of that sale? Yet did any of the proponents of that sale have any self interest? Perhaps with the developers? Where’s the club today as a result of that sale? What happened after Benny’s sooky nephew and his sleazy manager didn’t sign on the bottom line for an inordinate amount of money being given for a kid with potential, and the club then had to change strategy and retract the offer? Benny came out and trashed the club, his club, the Tigers for not looking after his nephew. I’ll now introduce you to a new word Darren – NEPOTISM. Club Legend you say? Maybe in your opinion. Second: Just wondering if you got to see any images from Robbie’s last appearance at Leichardt? Banners reading – “we Love You Robbie”. No club fan has turned on Robbie, a TRUE CLUB LEGEND. Only the then pathetic excuse for a coach and his band of then supportive clowns commonly known as the clubs management. Wests Tigers fans still LOVE Robbie. Are the Wests Tigers hurting over what has been happening? Yes they are? Do we stop supporting the club? No – Do the Wests Tigers Fans ever turn on a club legend. Never.

          • May 17th 2017 @ 10:17pm
            chivasdude said | May 17th 2017 @ 10:17pm | ! Report

            Mad Maggie Rob, I was a Balmain fan pre-merger, but like you clearly are, I am now a WESTS TIGER supporter. I have always felt that the quicker we all get on that bandwagon, the better we will all be and it is sad that we still have sniping from the likes of Back Door Bennie carping on about the merger.

            As for his nephew, interesting that his form dropped off once Cleary commented that he saw no signs of his wanting to leave the club early. Then his being asked to honour a contract was seen as damaging his welfare? MItchell, your values define you as an individual and based on what I have seen, good riddance.

            I could not agree more with your posts. What has happened at the Wests Tigers is a disgrace for the fans and not enough thought is given to to that That we have lost Woods and Teddy is an absolute disgrace but clearly reflects how they feel about management and the coaching saga.

            This year is gone and I hope that Cleary gets some clear air to run the team his way next year. I hope the fans give him time and all I ask is that they have a crack every game from here on in.

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      May 16th 2017 @ 3:28pm
      Magnus M. Østergaard said | May 16th 2017 @ 3:28pm | ! Report

      Dog act. Tigers need to get rid of Benny Elias from being anywhere near the club ASAP. The guy must be deadset poison.

      • May 16th 2017 @ 4:18pm
        MAX said | May 16th 2017 @ 4:18pm | ! Report

        I like the way you think.

      • May 17th 2017 @ 10:55am
        Dana sanders said | May 17th 2017 @ 10:55am | ! Report

        Mitch moses was a parramatta locals proberly only went to the tigers for money

        • Roar Guru

          May 17th 2017 @ 11:53am
          Magnus M. Østergaard said | May 17th 2017 @ 11:53am | ! Report

          Not sure what your point is considering my comment? He played unders 16s for Parra and was cut by them and picked up by Tigers were he played halves with Luke Brooks for the u18s premiership.

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      May 16th 2017 @ 3:46pm
      Joe said | May 16th 2017 @ 3:46pm | ! Report

      They really had no choice when he put in a performance like last week. Its a pity that some players can’t be professional enough to play hard for the club that’s currently putting food on their table. Hopefully Brad Arthur gets the best out of him, really good player on his day.

      • May 16th 2017 @ 7:01pm
        John said | May 16th 2017 @ 7:01pm | ! Report

        The Tigers best player last year no less.
        Definition of incompetence: new coach comes in pulls his deal and says we might want you but you need to wait till we sign two higher priority players plus sort our cap. Says we don’t want players here who aren’t on board – backtracks. Says multiple times this is your last session, backtracks. Fails to secure two two higher priority players! No wonder the bloke was all over the shop the past two weeks. Better off away from what is a complete basket case.

        • Roar Guru

          May 16th 2017 @ 11:55pm
          Magnus M. Østergaard said | May 16th 2017 @ 11:55pm | ! Report

          So its fine for Moses to completely dog his team mates and have his uncle spin absolute rubbish to the media? ELIAS said on Monday that he told Mitch that he missed more tackles than he made on friday night. This simply is not true. Moses and more so Elias were utter poison to the club.

          Moses has a million dollar deal on the table for 6 months. If he cant sign it in 6 months why shld it stay on the table? Does not make sense

        • May 17th 2017 @ 2:37pm
          Mad Magpie Rob said | May 17th 2017 @ 2:37pm | ! Report

          Well John, I guess all I can ask is, if you were coach, how much longer would you have waited for Mitch to make up his mind? Would you have given him more money like he was holding out to get? After Luke had signed and you had a half, would you still hold out to sign the other half or try and retain perhaps arguably the best number one in the comp and a powerhouse forward? At what point would you say to yourself, “I now need to stop worrying about a prima donna 2016 player of the year and start focusing on building a TEAM for 2018 and onwards?”

          • May 17th 2017 @ 3:33pm
            John said | May 17th 2017 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

            Any facts around Moses holding out for more money? He left for less, as did the captain, as did the club’s best player. Wake up.

            • May 17th 2017 @ 4:10pm
              Mad Magpie Rob said | May 17th 2017 @ 4:10pm | ! Report

              John, you’re right. Deferred his initial negotiations on a contract renewal after he had hit the big time, but was at that time experiencing a slump. Then form gets better and the contract is sitting on the table, I’m guessing he must have known that Taylor was gone so he must have been holding his breath to see what happens next huh? Absolutely nothing to do with money. Then contract offer is pulled back, options are now at a standstill. Astute manager in your ear, finds a new offer elsewhere. Now as a beggar, just needs to make the quantum leap in mindset from being a “Big FOUR” player to now no longer being a chooser. Now he has just joined your club for less. Good score. Wonder who needs to wake up. Also as to our Captain and our best player, very very different kettle of fish. These two never had their contractual offers pulled. These two were desperately wanted. Absolute 100% stuff up by Wests management, for things to get better, these heads will definitely need to roll. I think the writing was on the wall with how Taylor and Club management had treated a true club legend the year before. If I was playing for the Tigers, one question I would definitely have asked myself, would they treat me the same as they treated Robbie? I know there’s a new coach, but nothing has changed within management? Will I ever win a Grand Final Here? Very valid questions, but I suspect, not the questions that would have run through young Mitch’s mind. Other wise why would he go to a club with decades of experience in BAD MANAGEMENT, board room tomfoolery, alleged illegal activity, and poor salary cap history??????????? Now going back to an earlier post where someone had referred to the West Tigers as a “basket case”. I wonder how Parra would fare if we put the “Basket Case” measuring tool on that club????????? Also, please show me the courtesy of at least answering my previous question, “What would you have differently if you were Cleary?” Easy to sit on the side lines with hindsight and declare incompetence. After this year, there is only one way the Tigers can go, Up, Up and then Up again. Hoping young Mitch does well for you, I’m all good with Parra running second after the MIGHTY WESTS TIGERS.

    • May 16th 2017 @ 6:15pm
      Mike from tari said | May 16th 2017 @ 6:15pm | ! Report

      Should have put him in the reggies & left him there for the rest of the year but they can’t do that because it could construed as mental cruelty & caused the poor guy serious problems & so the West Tigers have done the right thing, wiped his precious little arse & given him to the Eels.

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        May 18th 2017 @ 11:43am
        At work said | May 18th 2017 @ 11:43am | ! Report

        Exactly Mike from Tari, why would they allow him to leave to join a competitor, who in all likelihood will come back to beat them next time they play.
        He’s still contracted to the Tigers so put him in reserve grade if he doesn’t want to perform up to the standard he’s capable of.

    • May 16th 2017 @ 6:20pm
      Al said | May 16th 2017 @ 6:20pm | ! Report

      I feel sorry for parramatta supporters…. regardless of what happened with the club and Moses…. I don’t want a player that will so easily dog his playing mates and fans at my club. Good riddance, your an embarrassment to the game.

      • Roar Guru

        May 17th 2017 @ 10:43am
        steve b said | May 17th 2017 @ 10:43am | ! Report

        Don’t feel sorry the kid should have never been dumped from Parra to start with and only because of a useless management and football staff at the time he would never have left..As for one bad game their was a whole team out their last week who didn’t perform.And to heap all the crap on one player who really did his best for the club 95% of the time is nothing more than sour grapes .You have three players who are bailing because of your Tigers management nothing more nothing less.

        • May 17th 2017 @ 11:01am
          Al said | May 17th 2017 @ 11:01am | ! Report

          If that’s what you believe, then sweet. Don’t feel bad for you. As a Tigers supporter I’ve followed him and his game for a fair while… all I can say is good luck if someone upsets the little fella. Enjoy. I hope he grows up and kills it, but it will only be a matter of time..

        • May 17th 2017 @ 11:03am
          Darren sanders said | May 17th 2017 @ 11:03am | ! Report

          West tigers supporters have no loyalty look what they did to robbie Farrah it’s great mitch moses is back to his junior team any players considering going to West tigers take heed of the way Farrah and Moses were treated

          • May 17th 2017 @ 2:01pm
            Mad Magpie Rob said | May 17th 2017 @ 2:01pm | ! Report

            Oh for goodness sakes Darren. Time to change the needle, starting to sound like a broken record. Please refer to my previous reply. Mitch is such a wonderful kid with a truly enlightened character. His manager is even more astute and lets not even go into how legendary his Uncle is. I’ll tell you what, you can take the lot. But as for Farrah, Always was, always is, and always will be a true WESTS TIGERS LEGEND……. In caps, just in case I wasn’t clear or perhaps you may not have understood.

        • May 17th 2017 @ 1:55pm
          Mad Magpie Rob said | May 17th 2017 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

          OK, No problem, won’t feel sorry for the Parra fans. Also point taken in relation to your comments about the poor management at Wests Tigers. Especially coming from an expert in poor management, something that Parra has developed into an art over the last few decades.

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            May 17th 2017 @ 5:50pm
            steve b said | May 17th 2017 @ 5:50pm | ! Report

            On your second point your right we have had very poor management for decades and if you read my post carefully you would see I also bagged our head office and as a member have been fighting for years to rid the ego fwits. Now their gone the tigers members need to do the same.

      • May 17th 2017 @ 10:57am
        Darren sanders said | May 17th 2017 @ 10:57am | ! Report

        He is a parramatta junior

    • May 16th 2017 @ 9:03pm
      Mat said | May 16th 2017 @ 9:03pm | ! Report

      As a Tigers supporter since 1966 I think I am entitled to say this. I have never been happier to punt a bloke. He has shown his character and it’s not good. Good luck to Parra with this precious mamas boy. He is the low point of our history. Never have I seen a player disrespect our club more. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

      • May 17th 2017 @ 2:04pm
        Mad Magpie Rob said | May 17th 2017 @ 2:04pm | ! Report

        Hear Hear to you sir. Nothing like clearing the decks of excess rubbish for the action ahead. Premiership in 2018, here we come.

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        May 18th 2017 @ 11:47am
        At work said | May 18th 2017 @ 11:47am | ! Report

        Mat you Tigers fan will get the chance to give Moses plenty of boos when you next play Parra in July at ANZ.

        He deserves much worse treatment than both Tedesco and Woods received.

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