I know it's anecdotal but seeing many died in wool "keep the faith" "you're not a fan if you talk down the boys" types, who have endured so much shit from this club finally breaking over this and rightfully so.
The Warriors got played by O'Sullivan big time and George is clearly out of his depth. What's worse is that this has me agreeing with Kent (about sending it to the integrity unit to investigate) and now I feel dirty.
Seriously, burn this club to the ground and start again. It's just too rotten to continue in it's current form.
it really is time for a no dickheads policy top to bottom - people like Campion, Cleary, Luck, Jones, Guttenbeil, Price etc... But given his media appearances, it looks like the owner is a dickhead and he's driving the culture...Get Kevin Campion back involved with the club, look at page 2 of this old thread from when Lodge signed, bang on the money
This is so absurd I can hardly believe it. How inept is our management to let something like this happen?
Sign a player to a NZ team. Next year he decides he doesn't want to move to NZ (despite that not even happening for 6 months) so he quits mid season. Allow him to leave with no replacement. Them pay him out the next 1.5 years of his contract!
What power does Lodge hold over the club? I can't think of a single explanation for how this could be allowed to happen except some kind of blackmail.
If we don't get a detailed official response soon this could mark the beginning of the end of the club.
Imagine how the other players think! They just saw a guy walk out the door with more than a year's worth of free salary for quitting, and it's likely more money than most of them will make for staying and playing.
If Robinson wants to to step up as an owner and endear himself to us fans, he can start by sacking George over this unless there is a bloody good explanation. Brown too if he's involved.If Cameron George can't explain due to confidential clauses etc, then he needs to be fired immediately by Mark Robinson. MR was very honest with his thoughts around POS, now it's time for the same regarding CG.
This whole situation has got me very very down about the state of the whole club. I felt during the height of the pandemic that the club might not survive. This feels like another nail in the coffin. I have no idea where we go from here.
A heated altercation between Matt Lodge and the owner of the New Zealand Warriors has been revealed as the reason behind the forward’s abrupt departure from the club.
Lodge was released from the final year of his contract last week amid claims he did not want to relocate to New Zealand with the team.
The 26-year-old was also paid out to the tune of $700,000.
Now Warriors owner Mark Robinson has shed light on what triggered Lodge’s exit.
According to Robinson, the pair clashed at the Belvedere Hotel near Redcliffe late 2021.
“We had an argument in a hotel, two alpha males in a pub last December,” Robinson told the Daily Telegraph.
“Two days later we shook hands and moved on but it never came right.
“He was unhappy so I bought him out of his option for next year and we parted ways.
“He didn’t like the club and he obviously didn’t like playing for Mark Robinson.”
Pressed on what the disagreement was about Robinson remained tight-lipped.
“Just two men and attitude and whatever. It’s seven months ago.“There’s no bad blood with Matt Lodge at all.” he said.
Robinson did not dispute the payout figure and was adamant Lodge was entitled to it.
“It was a simple business transaction. He had an option for next season so he was entitled to a severance package, as would any employee out there who has a contract with their employer.”
Earlier in the week NRL360’s Paul Kent called on the NRL Integrity Unit to investigate the golden handshake.
“That’s the thing it does go on their cap regardless of the fact whether he is there or not,” Kent said.
“Second to that you have got to ask, the fact that the payout is in Lodge’s favour suggests that Lodge has done nothing wrong.
“But the fact that the club won’t give any details about why they chose to release him immediately and pay him out, I think at the very least the NRL Integrity Unit needs to have a look at it.”
The Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield, meanwhile, questioned the logic behind the Warriors’ decision.
“If any football player walks into his employer or any employer and says, I have had enough and for personal reasons I don’t want to move my family to New Zealand, say OK fine that’s the end of the contract,” he told NRL360.
“But there is a lot of fans in New Zealand wanting to know why he got $700,000. It ruins their cap for the remainder of this year and next year.”