Teenage Wests Tigers player Moses Suli has been released from the club, effective immediately, chief executive Justin Pascoe announced today.
Mr Pascoe said the 19-year-old – who was last year touted as one of the most promising young players to join the team – had great potential but didn’t fit the Wests Tigers culture.
“Moses is an exceptionally talented player,” he said.
“That’s why over the last 12 months our coaching and personal development staff have dedicated so much time and energy in supporting Moses with his challenges, both on and off the field.
“I am sure If he’s willing to take responsibility, be a team player and commit to the demands of being a professional athlete he has the potential to have a successful career in rugby league.”
The decision was made with the ‘support and understanding’ of the young back’s manager, Mario Tartak.
It is understood Mr Suli will join the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
The club worked closely with Mr Tartak to reach today’s release.
“While it’s always disappointing to see a player part ways with a club, the Wests Tigers have been completely transparent, professional and empathetic throughout this process,” Mr Tartak said.
Mr Pascoe said Mr Suli’s release was came down to putting the club’s needs first.
“We are working really hard both on and off the field to build something special here at Wests Tigers,” he said.
“That includes building a culture and set of standards that cannot be compromised.”