Days numbered for sanctioned Tigers veteran as ‘beginning of the end’ revealed

Former NRL player Justin Horo believes the “beginning of the end” for embattled Wests Tigers veteran David Nofoaluma was his loan spell in Melbourne.

Nofoaluma was sanctioned by the club this week, given an official warning, after he was late to training on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old had only just returned to pre-season on Monday after skipping several sessions last week because he believed he was being treated unfairly by the coaching staff.

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Rookie coach Benji Marshall wasn’t happy with Nofoaluma’s fitness levels after the winger returned from holidays and was beaten in running drills by several middle forwards.

The coaching staff challenged Nofoaluma and he took issue with being told to do extra training and complained about a lack of communication.

Nofoaluma stopped going to training last week then lodged an official complaint to the RLPA regarding his perceived unfair treatment.

Nofoaluma is earning close to $500,000 per season and has two years remaining on his contract. He returned on Monday but it appears his days at the club are numbered.

The Tigers have tried to offload him several times but couldn’t strike a deal they were happy with, however they’ll now likely cop paying a chunk of his salary for him to play elsewhere.

Horo believes Nofoaluma’s loan to the Storm in the second half of 2022 season has played a role in his current situation.

“The beginning of the end was around 12-18 months ago when he spent some time down at the Melbourne Storm,” Horo said on SEN.

“They loaned him to Melbourne for a finals run because the Tigers were out of contention as they have been for a number of years.

David Nofoaluma.Source: News Corp Australia

“He has State of Origin potential, he carries the ball really well, but defensively he has had a lot of issues like most wingers.

“He goes down to Melbourne and he immerses himself in a great system, everyone buys in and everyone does their job.

“He starts scoring tries and remember, he wasn’t scoring tries for the Tigers before he went down there.

“He then plays finals footy which he hadn’t done ever.

“He comes back to the Tigers and there’s just been issues ever since and Benji Marshall would have a really good relationship with David.

“The last thing you need is one player not buying in and David Nofoaluma is clearly not happy.

“I think it might be time for Nofoaluma to move on and it really coincides with his time down in Melbourne.

“He is looking for a fresh start and he was really happy down there.

“I think it’s best for all parties to move on.”

Nofoaluma is the Tigers’ all-time leading tryscorer and has played has played 192 of his 198 NRL games with the Tigers over the last 11 seasons..


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