Under siege Tim Sheens climbed out of bed on Saturday morning to prepare himself for another weekend of rumour and innuendo about his crumbling premiership campaign at the Wests Tigers.
He says rather than blaming the upcoming signing of Storm powerhouse Adam Blair for the release of Bryce Gibbs, Andrew Fifita and Tim Moltzen, it was more the Tigers’ needs to keep the nucleus of the sensational talent from their Toyota Cup squad that put pressure on the salary cap.
“Ask any of the player managers how good our crop of kids are,” Sheens said.
“That’s part of the issue … we have a very, very good group of kids and we’ve got every club in the game chasing them.
“We’ve had to upgrade players within the squad like Lawrence, Ayshford, Simon Dwyer and the Toyota Cup kids.
“Young Aaron Woods had to be re-signed. The Australian schoolboy prop (Matt Groat) who’s in our 20s. He’s an outstanding kid.
“Some of these people can go from five grand to 150 grand straight away or we’d lose them to other clubs who have made massive offers knowing how good they are.
“These things are inevitable. It happens at every club but they’re talking about us because we haven’t been winning.”
The biggest talking point in rugby league has been Sheens’ rumoured falling out with superstar five-eighth Marshall over his housemate and best friend Moltzen being given permission to negotiate with other clubs. Marshall has been told by chief executive Stephen Humphreys the club can’t just build a football team around his best mates.
But Sheens denied they have even spoken about it.
Sheens says no one at the Wests Tigers wanted to release good players but he’s pleased those departing have all been looked after with better contracts than they were previously on.