Unpopular Opinion of the Week – Round 5

Previously a segment on the weekly SC Report podcast, we’ve decided to bring in a bit of left-field, controversial thinking to our weekly lineup of articles. Who better than a Manly fan to deliver this one! Welcome aboard Matt West for the Unpopular Opinion of the Week. This one’s designed to stoke the fire, so don’t be afraid to fire back!

It’s Time to Call Last Orders on the Tigers

The joint needs a cleanout and so do any Tigers you have in your SuperCoach side

We need to move the Tigers to Perth, ASAP (minus the board).

Now, I’m going to start this by saying I’m not angry with the fact that the Tigers haven’t been a competitive NRL team for years, or that the players who chose to leave would make the best NRL team in history.

It’s not the fact that they were almost involved in the only game in NRL history that DIDN’T include a try last week or the fact that such headlines of “Australia in disbelief after watching worst game of footy ever” was about THAT game.

Nor the fact that if you go to Leichhardt to watch a game you have to explain to your kids that “this is where we live now” when trying to leave because it’s a freaking nightmare to get in or get out.

Hi, neighbour…

It’s not even that Luke Brooks requested not one, but TWO transfer requests that were both turned down. Even Mick Ennis is telling him to get the hell out of Dodge! And talking halves, I’m a MASSIVE Jackson Hastings fan. I’ve followed his career watching Super League and on his socials post-Manly and have loved his growth as player and a bloke. But he will be a Dolphin within a year or two.

In some respects you have to feel sorry for them. When they attempt to sign players of a certain stature, the players don’t seem keen.

From 2017, the club has pursued and failed to sign AJ Brimson, Jai Arrow, Josh Addo-Carr and Latrell Mitchell to name but a few. All big names. Names that you can build a club around and attract even more talent. Ask yourself why. To date, all have turned them down. Yet, other underperforming teams seem not to have that issue accruing talent.

The Bulldogs this year signed Brent Naden, Matt Burton, Matt Dufty, TPJ AND the aforementioned Josh Addo-Carr. And have Reed Mahoney and Viliame Kikau on their merry way next season.

As a Tigers fan, you have to ask yourself: what the hell do the Bulldogs have that makes JAC sign for a team with a rookie coach that finished below you on the ladder (in fact got the wooden spoon), rather than sign for another Sydney team with a premiership winning coach. WHAT IS GOING ON??????

You can’t see me (in this jersey ever again)

And it’s also their crop of current talent that want out.

Kelma Tuilagi is a case in point. The Melbourne prospect was a Madge signing, but turned down a 2 year deal with the Tigers for a long-term deal with Manly. The player had “tears in his eyes” when he told the coach, but tell him he still did. Another one bites the dust. Luciano Leilua, one of their few other bright attacking sparks, is also on the way out.

Even past players seem to have an issue with the club. It stinks when there are a billion headlines of Robbie Farrah apparently giving Madge a spray. He has since denied this, but Robbie had very public beef with Mick Potter and then Gordie Tallis, all Tiger performance related. When Robbie moved to the Rabbitohs he said “I’ve moved on, I’m here now, I’m enjoying my time “. This is a club legend. Any team worth its salt would bring these guys into the fold and point out his professionalism, achievements and passion for the club. But no, he was forced out.

So I don’t feel sorry for them. I feel sorry for the fans, whom the club seem to have little or no regard for. It’s a basketcase of a club that cannot manage its affairs.

The birth of the Dolphins is another nail in the Tigers coffin. The soon-to-become Storm 2.0 have their own issues attracting big names. But they have the biggest name in NRL: Wayne Bennett. So the pool just became even shallower for the Tigs.

And the last thing that gets to me, the biggest kick in the teeth, the thing that grinds my gears, the one thing I cannot accept…

They are dogshit for supercoach.

Good luck all.


Once 28th in Supercoach, out to claim past glories. Singer songwriter for Science Rockets ie " The best band in the world." Occasional SC Talk contributor, WWFC, Manly Sea Eagles and resident of the best place on the planet: Newcastle NSW.

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I believe that the salary cap for each NRL team is currently $10 million but surely you would get plenty of change from $1 million for the current Tigers roster so it begs the question “Where is the salary cap being spent?”

The Beer Whisperer

On the horrid salary floor. It’s disgraceful that teams have to waste money on players that aren’t worth the money. Many Wests Tigers players have being fortunate recipients of this absurd rule. The Players Association needs to be held to account. For the record, it’s 95% of the salary cap.


I cant even fire back…Couldn’t have put it any better myself…

The Beer Whisperer

A change of location won’t fix what’s wrong with the Tigers. Rather, a move to Perth would make it far harder to attract talent. The need to throw ridiculous money too good to be refused. If they have to spend money, at least spend it on those that are worth it. Madge has nothing but motivation to offer. The documentary showed no tactics or strategy from him. The board MUST be dysfunctional to account for the abysmal state of the club. Whatever they’re doing, they’re doing it wrong. Bring in a talented board member, and put ONE person in charge.… Read more »

kegs kings

My opinion only is that there’s not enough nrl level players for 16 let alone 17 teams. The dolphins will be successful but to the detriment of a current club. 12 teams $10 million each in the nrl. 12 teams in premier league $8 million each. Promotion and relegation. Players in clubs relegated or promoted contracts null and void. Renegotiate to suit salary cap.


The thing is everyone has grown up loving watch the successful Tigers teams play, even if it’s the old Balmain games. The 05 season was magical and the last bit of success from around 2009-2011 we played awesome and great to watch footy. We had the players and the coach to mask how horrible our board has always been. The board seems to take more pride in the fact we are financially stable compared too much needed on field performance. We are such a laughing stock it’s not funny, but once or if the Tigers get back to the heights… Read more »


Good topic for a bit of argy bargy. I am a brissy fan and can definitely feel tigers pain, as we went from the cream to the crap under Valdermort (refuse to speak his name)!!! Brissy will be fine as we have such a big jnr talent pool and can always attract good players. But I feel for the tigers, I was very happy for them in 05 winning that tital behind the mastery of benji and princey. Every kid wanted to snap someone like bunj, and they really were the entertainers. Don’t have any answers, but as mentioned above… Read more »

Jarvie wall bangers

The board seems to be made up of people that have little to no idea about football and I’m not convinced Madge is the coach for us. He is the one that has bought guys like Jimmy the jet, The Peach, Maumolo, Ofa, Musgrove and old Tamou. These are not big game players and a couple are just getting some retirement cash. You need to bring someone to the club that will attract guns, someone like Bellamy. You get him then be patient and load up on quality spine players when they become available. Spend some time on juniors coming… Read more »

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