Although the Wests Tigers have experienced somewhat of a resurgence in the past few seasons characterised by cut-price players punching well above their weight, this only came about as a result of a massive roster overhaul that resulted in more than a few potential superstars walking out the door.
Here are the top 10 players the Tigers have let go, not re-signed or released since 2010. The players have been listed in accordance with the contribution they made whilst at the Tigers, as well as considering the influence they have had at the clubs they left for.
10. Curtis Sironen
Being the son of Balmain legend Paul Sironen and having played all his junior footy at the Tigers, Curtis Sironen bled Wests Tigers colours since an early age.
After debuting as a fresh-faced 18-year old in 2012 and impressing legendary Tigers coach Tim Sheens in his early appearances, Sironen looked set for a long career at the joint venture.
However, after consistent injury problems and saying that he was “resting on his laurels” at his junior club, the Tigers thought it best to release Sironen from the remaining two years of his contract when the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles expressed interest in their player.
Sironen enjoyed his finest NRL season to date in his first year on the Peninsula. Helping the Sea Eagles to an unlikely sixth-place finish, having recruited numerous un-wanted stars such as Sironen and Akuila Uate, no one expected the silvertails to be troubling the top dogs of the NRL.
Starting regularly in the second-row, the former Balmain junior forged a lethal combination with Maroons captain Daly Cherry-Evans, scoring 6 tries in his first 15 games and utilising his aggression and subtle ball-playing skills to great effect.
Although he missed out on the majority of 2018 due to an ACL injury, Sironen has been back to his best in 2019, playing all of Manly’s games and only once not playing the full eighty minutes.
The four-time City Origin representative has moulded himself into the prototype modern back-rower in the first half of 2019, being able to do all the grunt work of any good middle forward, while possessing a great short passing and kicking game thanks to his formative years in the halves.