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'It shows what type of club you are': Nofa fires parting shot after Tigers winger lands new deal

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14th February, 2024
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Outcast Wests Tigers star David Nofoaluma has taken aim at his former club after announcing a new deal with Super League club Salford.

The winger, who is the Tigers’ all-time record tryscorer, was left isolated after a fallout with former teammate and new Wests coach Benji Marshall over perceived training standards, leading to him agreeing a payout on the remaining time on his deal to leave ahead of the 2024 season.

Now, with a new club lined up on the other side of the world, Nofa has done the media rounds to tell his side of the story on one of the off-season’s longest-running sagas.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing. It hurts me personally,” he told the SMH.

“A lot of times, people don’t realise we’re humans before athletes. Instead of dealing with it on a personal level…there’s no need to go to the press. I don’t think it’s a nice thing to do.

“It shows what type of club you are. I don’t have to deal with that anymore, which is a good thing.

“I was the longest-serving player in the team whilst I was there. As much as things didn’t go well and they wanted me out of there, it doesn’t take away from the time I’ve been there.

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“The last year or two, there were times where I struggled a bit, trying to pull things together in terms of playing. A lot of the Tigers fans still appreciate me and love me because they still remember all the good things I’ve done for them.”

Now, he said he was looking for a new start with Salford after getting a taste of a different environment while on loan at the Melbourne Storm.

“I think for myself it’s a good move for me to get out Sydney and experience what it’s like over in Europe,” he added to News Corp.

“I’m excited about it. I got a taste of a new club when I went down to Melbourne, so I know what it’s like to be in a new environment. It’s a fresh start.”

He went on to explain how things had gone sour at the Tigers.

“It really started when I stopped being included on members days,” said Nofoaluma.

“I could just sense an aura that they didn’t want me to be there. I didn’t want to go back from Melbourne and that’s where it started. I made it clear to the club that I didn’t want to come back.

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“I know that it was only a loan but I think that played a part in it. When I left for Melbourne, I thought I left for good.

“Sometimes I think if I stayed at Melbourne I might have played in rep teams. But in a way the Tigers will always be a part of me. It was hard being part of a losing outfit for 11 years, it impacts you.

“There were a lot of things written and said (at the Tigers), especially when things weren’t going great. I think that hurts the most because there’s other ways of dealing with it, which is in house.

“But unfortunately that is what the Tigers have been known for. I hope they’re successful. I hope they have a great year. I’m not the type to hold grudges.”

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