Wests Tigers prop Josh Aloiai demanded an immediate release from his contract with a text message to the club’s CEO on Tuesday.
The bombshell call caught the club off guard with Aloiai having one-year remaining on his current contract with the club.
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Aloiai on a reported $350,000 salary wants out in the hopes of joining Manly, but despite his brutal demands, Wests Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis has refused to budge and bit back at the star.
After stating he would “never wear the jersey again”, Hagipantelis is adamant the club will refuse to allow him out of the final year of his contract.
“My initial thoughts are that I’m not impressed,” Hagipantelis said on SEN’s Jimmy Smith Show.
“There’s a contract between the Wests Tigers and the player in question and as far as we’re concerned, the contract will be fulfilled.
“I’m thinking Josh Aloiai will fulfil his contractual obligations, and unless we agree otherwise that’s very unlikely.”
Asked if he felt the Tigers were used “a doormat” by managers aiming to leverage higher salaries at other clubs, Hagipantelis said: “There is that perception, if there is, then those days are over.
“Those who think they can use the Wests Tigers as a stepping stone to advance their own careers should think again. We are not there for that purpose.
“Those who engage with us, especially those bound by contract are there to fulfil their obligations and we won’t expect anything less.”
Not so fast, Aloiai.Source:Getty Images
Hagipantelis took things a step further when he said if Aloiai didn’t want to put the jersey back on, they’d find things for him to do in the final year.
“He is either a Wests Tiger or he is mowing the lawns at Leichhardt or Campbelltown or painting the change rooms at Concord — as long as he fulfils his contract,” Hagipantelis told Fox Sports.
Shortly after the report was published, Aloiai delivered a shot back at the comments with a since deleted post on his personal Instagram page which showed him pushing a lawn mower with the caption “I’ll make sure it’s a super fast track boys”.
Aloiai hits back at club chairmanSource:Instagram
The news of Aloiai wanting out comes just days after Josh Addo-Carr backflipped on a blockbuster switch to leave the Melbourne Storm and join the Tigers.
“His manager Mario Tartak sat before [Tigers CEO] Justin Pascoe and myself and told us that in no uncertain terms that Josh was committed to fulfilling the heads of agreement he signed,” Hagipantelis said.
“He signed that heads of agreement knowing full well that Michael Maguire was the coach, and the only reason he wasn’t coming to the Wests Tigers was because Melbourne Storm wouldn’t release him.
“The narrative that Josh Addo-Carr didn’t come to the Wests Tigers because of Michael Maguire flies in the face of all objective fact.”
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