RLPA called in as Tigers seek to sack club legend after brutal Benji blow-up


The Wests Tigers have left one of their longest-serving players to fight for his career after serving David Nofoaluma with a termination notice.

The former Samoa international has two years left on a deal with $500,000 per season, guaranteeing him at least $1m from the Tigers, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. He has been unwilling to accept an offer of $300,000 to leave immediately.

Now he faces a legal showdown with the club after they attempted to terminate his deal by serving a second breach notice to the player, at least his third in the last three years.

The Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) has stepped in and will accompany the player to his meeting with the Tigers hierarchy this week.

It is reported that new coach Benji Marshall has told Nofoaluma that he will not be considered for the NRL team again, consigning him to reserve grade for the remainder of his deal with the club, should he opt against accepting the termination.

The winger, who has made close to 200 appearances for the club and is their all-time top tryscorer, has been on the outer at Concord following a bust-up with former teammate Marshall over physical fitness standards at the beginning of pre-season.

Nofoaluma was served with a breach notice late last year after he refused to train, citing unfair treatment and victimisation by coaching staff.

He had been one of the worst performers in early pre-season, failing to meet the new levels set by incoming coach Marshall.

He was sanctioned a second time under Marshall after failing to follow illness procedures early last week. Nofaluma reported in sick but was uncontactable by club medical staff for two days, with the Tigers sending a player to his house to check on his welfare.

Previously, he had been sanctioned for bring unable to complete a training session under Michael Maguire due to a hangover following a wedding.

Nofoaluma played 17 times last year, scoring five tries, but had been on the outer before that with a short loan spell at the Melbourne Storm in 2022.

The Tigers have been attempting to find a new club for the player, but have been unable to find a taker given his high wages.

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