Tigers legend Benny Elias has hit out at wantaway front-rower Josh Aloiai over his demands for a release from the final year of his deal at the club.
Aloiai is reportedly being chased by the Sea Eagles as a replacement for Warriors signing Addin Fonua-Blake, but he still has a year to run on his Tigers contract.
Elias, who played 232 games for the club is disappointed in the 25-year-old for failing to honour his deal, so he can link with a rival.
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“Who does this bloke think he is?” Elias asked in an interview with Wide World of Sports.
“He’s been there five minutes, the club developed him and turned him into a very good player, paid him good money and now he slaps them in the face.
“He’s got a contract, he made a commitment, and only a few weeks ago he came out and said how much he loves Tigers and how he supports the coach (Michael Maguire).
“What has happened to change that all of a sudden? I can only assume someone else is prepared to offer him more money and that is very disappointing.
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“I’m always a believer that when you sign a contract, you honour the deal.
“It seems some people at the Tigers have forgotten that in the last couple of years.”
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The Tigers have a poor history in retaining stars with the likes of James Tedesco, Mitchell Moses and Josh Addo-Carr leaving the club in recent seasons.
However Elias believes the club needs to make a stand to stop player managers and other clubs treating the Tigers like a door mat.
Former NSW State of Origin captain and Tigers legend Benny Elias. Picture: Ben Elias. Brett CostelloSource:News Corp Australia
“We are a proud club and people are treating us like dirt.” Elias said.
“If he’s not happy, tough luck. Make him stay and earn the good money he is being paid.
“Sometimes you have to remember where you came from and this is not the way things should be handled.
“The club should dig its heels in and tell him to man up.”
Originally published as‘Who does this bloke think he is?’: Tigers legend slams Aloiai’s cash grab
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