Lee Hagipantelis’ refusal to accede to a request from the Holman Barnes Group, the Wests Tigers’ 60% majority shareholder, to stop appearing regularly in the media is the main reason he should lose his job.
The president of the Tigers regularly holds long lunches with journalists who support him and accuse other members of the club of being responsible for the fall of the Tigers.
The media campaign angered the group, which also runs the powerful Wests Ashfield Leagues Club, and ordered a review of the club.
Big surprise when Warrior told him he could leaveWarriors dynamo Josh Curran has been allowed to negotiate with rival clubs in a major surprise – and has at least two Sydney clubs keen to sign him.
The 23-year-old has proven himself to be one of the Warriors’ best forwards over the past two seasons, representing both the Indigenous All Stars and the Prime Minister’s XIII.
He was a regular member of the Warriors squad during their run from second bottom to top four this year.
He played 23 games and provided momentum off the bench in many games.
The stalwart defender will be signed until the end of next season, but the Warriors, after such a strong year in 2023, need to find space in the salary cap to upgrade their best newcomers and he is believed to be the biggest.
which is why Curran will likely be moved.
The Broncos are on the verge of losing Paix following relegationThe Broncos look like underdog hooker Cory Paix, who is unhappy about being demoted to the club’s third-choice hooker in big late-season games.
Paix has played fifteen games this year, all from the bench, but only one after the fourteenth matchday.
Coach Kevin Walters has favored his son Billy and Tyson Smoothy over Paix in crucial matches, and I’m told Paix isn’t happy.
Several clubs have expressed interest in Paix… and the Broncos don’t need three hookers, so he should be released in the coming weeks.
The search for a Sky Blues coach has begunThe NSW Blues won’t just be looking for a men’s coach for 2024 and beyond.
I’ve heard they may need a female coach soon, with outgoing Kylie Hilder in the crosshairs of some NRLW clubs willing to offer her a full-time job.
Premiers Newcastle are among them, with successful coach Ron Griffin targeting promotion to the NSW Cup next season.