Matthew Lodge

The Wests Tigers have sacked forward Matthew Lodge’s after he was charged with assault and stalking in New York.

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:

Wests Tigers have today been informed that player Matthew Lodge was arrested while holidaying in the United States.

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.



  1. I do bet some other club will pick him up within a few months time. That’s usually the way these things go.

    Roosters? Storm? Who’s your bet on for who gets him?

  2. His actions are his responsibility, it is absolutely and completely his fault. But I do wish that WT could have helped him with himself and kept him out of trouble. His loss, and our loss.

    He better not play the mental health card, I hate it when they do that, as if it’s some sort of excuse that absolves a person from all responsibility. News flash, whether you have mental health issues or not, it’s still your responsibility to get it sorted. You are still responsible.

    How’s that for a preemptive strike?

  3. Good move Tigers. This dude is a real nutjob. Should have got rid of him after his last incident.

  4. Guy needs a hiding to knock some sense into he’s thick skull.
    Clearly has mental issues and shouldn’t be let off for these actions for the 2nd time in 6 months in 2 different countries. Hopefully the US give him 3+yrs as the NSW court system would give him a 2yr bond and a fine. What I don’t understand is why was he able to leave the country when he’s on charges?? Isn’t that against the law also??

  5. The Nrl needs to get tougher on blokes like lodge, packer , wicks.
    Otherwise these things are going to keep happening.

  6. Let’s see how tough this guy is doing a four year stretch in a new york prison. If he keeps up the rubbish he’ll get sorted out quick smart.

  7. Hopefully his name won’t grace an NRL article ever again. In a few years time he’ll be faintly be remembered as “that nutjob former Tigers guy”

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