Wests Tigers confirms Aaron Woods will leave club at end of 2017 season

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The Wests Tigers will need to name a new captain next year.

On Sunday, the Tigers confirmed current skipper Aaron Woods would leave the club at the end of the 2017 season.

Woods has signed a four-year deal with rival club Canterbury Bulldogs.

The big forward has played 133 games for the Tigers since making his NRL debut in 2011.

He has also represented NSW on 11 occasions and played nine Tests for Australia. 

In a media statement, Wests Tigers chairwoman Marina Go thanked Woods for the way he had represented the club over the past seven seasons.

“He has led from the front every time that he has pulled on the Wests Tigers jersey and continually inspired those around him,” she said..

“Since taking on the captaincy last season, Aaron has further developed and has become a great role model to his team mates and all at Wests Tigers.

“While we’re incredibly disappointed that Aaron will be leaving Wests Tigers at the end of the season we wish him well in the future and look forward to supporting him as a Wests Tigers player for the remainder of this year.”

“Since taking on the captaincy last season, Aaron has further developed and has become a great role model to his team mates and all at Wests Tigers." - Tigers chairwoman Marina Go

The announcement caps a big week for the Tigers, both on and off the field.

Earlier in the week, the club announced the signing of New Zealand international Ben Matulino.

A few days later, the Tigers signed Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds, who will join the club from the 2018 season.

On Saturday, the Tigers then announced the Penrith’s Malakai Watene-Zelezniak would join the club, effective immediately.

Malakai Watene-Zelezniak has signed with the Tigers, effective immediately. Picture: Wests Tigers Twitter page

Malakai Watene-Zelezniak has signed with the Tigers, effective immediately. Picture: Wests Tigers Twitter page

On the field, the Tigers fought hard before falling 22-16 to reigning premiers Cronulla Sharks at Leichardt Oval on Saturday night.

It was a tough night at the office for the Tigers with Woods (groin) and fullback James Tedesco (head) suffering injuries.

The controversy then continued following the game.

A police investigation is underway after a projectile was launched in the direction of the players following the final whistle.

Not happy: Tigers fans showed their disapproval of departing stars Mitchell Moses and James Tedesco. Photo: NRL Imagery

Not happy: Tigers fans showed their disapproval of departing stars Mitchell Moses and James Tedesco. Photo: NRL Imagery

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