The club released a statement on Sunday night informing their fans and the public that they had terminated the contracted of Lodge, who had not played for club since being stood down in August following an incident that resulted in charges being laid against him.
Read the full statement below:
Lodge has been charged with a number of offences following an incident while in New York.
The Club has made the decision to terminate Lodge’s playing contract, effective immediately.
Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said that the Club would not tolerate this type of behaviour.
“The Club is incredibly disappointed to learn that Matthew Lodge has been charged by police while overseas on holiday,” said Pascoe. “We have since made the decision to terminate Lodge’s playing contract with Wests Tigers, effective immediately.
“This type of behaviour does not fit with the culture we are building at the Club, nor is it to the behavioural standards that we accept,” he said. “Whilst our playing contract obligation to Matthew will be terminated, the Club will continue to offer welfare and counselling options to Matthew to ensure he has the support he needs.”
Lodge has not played for Wests Tigers since being stood down on August 21 this year following an incident that resulted in charges being laid against him.
Wests Tigers will be making no further comment on the situation at this stage.