Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire addresses Josh Reynolds, Russell Packer walkout

“What I’ll say in regards to the taking part in group and people two boys which can be within the papers for the time being is that they’re purchased into all the things we’re doing.

“They’re coaching and clearly eager to be on the market on the sphere. That brings some type of frustration at occasions, however everyone knows what we have to do now.

Michael Maguire says the actions of Josh Reynolds and Russell Packer in leaving the match at half-time were "wrong".

Michael Maguire says the actions of Josh Reynolds and Russell Packer in leaving the match at half-time had been “incorrect”.Credit score:Getty

“We’ll be sure that we keep on the sport, watch it and get behind the boys. What occurred in that sport is what this membership displays – they had been down and out with 4 minutes to go, however the boys discovered a strategy to win the sport.

“That is actually what this group represents.”

Packer and Reynolds have struggled to interrupt into Maguire’s high 17 however the coach stated that was no excuse for his or her actions.


“The explanations for why they left was properly off the mark,” he stated. “It is principally about us acknowledging that and transferring ahead.”

The very fact their departures had been leaked, seemingly from contained in the Tigers camp, seems to be as a lot of a priority because the departure itself.

“I feel each participant is aware of we need to maintain issues in home,” Maguire stated. “While that is occurring, that is not what we’re about. We’d like to verify as a gaggle that we repair that.”

The Tigers have unsuccessfully tried to get Reynolds and Packer off their books, however there was no curiosity attributable to their excessive worth tags. Maguire stated they’d stay Tigers in 2021.


“Russ and Josh’s names maintain arising,” he stated. “They’re dedicated to the membership, they’ve a contract subsequent 12 months.

“You all the time have checklist administration happening inside an organisation, how we will enhance as a gaggle. However these two boys are right here, that is what everybody’s obtained to grasp.

“They’re right here subsequent 12 months … the membership signed them. They’re dedicated to what we’re about and while they’re signed they’re in our taking part in group.”

Maguire acknowledged the Tigers’ curiosity in Storm star Josh Addo-Carr however stated there was “no probability” of a participant swap with David Nofoaluma.

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