COLUMN: Salary cap debacle hurts on and off field

Robbie Farah of the Wests Tigers looks dejected during the round 16 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Penrith Panthers. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
Robbie Farah of the Wests Tigers looks dejected during the round 16 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Penrith Panthers. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

How on God's green Earth did Wests Tigers management get the club into such a dire mess with its salary cap?

In a Fairfax Media interview coach Jason Taylor revealed he and acting chief executive Phil Moss had discovered the club had been so mismanaged it was already over the salary cap next year and may not be in a position to sign a big-name recruit for about three years.

Excuse me for going all King Arthur on you, but surely heads must roll.

Anyone who even had a slight hand in the mess should be lining up at Centrelink on Thursday to collect the dole instead of having the honour to represent the black, white and gold.

Where and on who did the club waste all its money on?

With all due respect, the club can barely field a side with 17 genuine first graders.

It is completely incomprehensible that so much money has been spent with nothing to show for it.

When arguably the club's greatest failure of a recruit, Adam Blair, departed for Brisbane this year, most fans could have been forgiven for thinking the excessive amount of money freed up could be spent on a big name who, like Australia Post, would actually deliver.

But no, apparently the club has already used up all its money on the current crop of players.

Wests Tigers make the Parramatta Eels — usually the NRL's No 1 basket case — look like saints. Hell, Lindsay Lohan is more stable than Wests Tigers.

Taylor must be more nervous than anyone else at the club. Not only is he aware that the situation won't improve until the next NSW election, he knows when it comes to coaches, the Wests Tigers board act like a bunch of trigger-happy Yosemite Sams.

Suddenly the idea of watching AFL has become more tempting.

Say yer prayers varmint.

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