TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Jamal Idris of the Tigers runs the ball during the round six NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers at 1300SMILES Stadium on April 8, 2017 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

The Wests Tigers have confirmed nine players that won’t be with the club next season.

The club held their annual awards ceremony last night and revealed a number of players who would not be returning to the Wests Tigers in 2018.

It was already well-known that James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters), Aaron Woods (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs) and Ava Seumanufagai (Cronulla Sharks) were leaving the club at the end of the season after signing deals with new clubs earlier in the year.

The Tigers had also previously announced that veteran hooker Matt Ballin had been forced into immediate retirement due to his knee injuries.

The club has now also confirmed that off contract players Joel Edwards, Justin Hunt, Jamal Idris, Jack Littlejohn and Kyle Lovett would not be re-signed by the club.

The Wests Tigers thanked each of the players for their individual service over the years and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

The playing roster for the Wests Tigers has undertaken a major overhaul for 2018, with the likes of Josh Reynolds, Russell Packer, Ben Matulino and Benji Marshall all joining the club.

The club has also re-signed a number of key players from this season with stars Luke Brooks, Elijah Taylor and David Nofoaluma all agreeing to new deals under head coach Ivan Cleary.

Wests Tigers 2021 Player Movements

2021 Gains
William Kei (2021), Joe Ofahengaue (Brisbane Broncos, 2023), James Roberts (South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2022), James Tamou (Penrith Panthers, 2022), Kelma Tuilagi (2021), Stefano Utoikamanu (Parramatta Eels, 2023)
2021 Losses
Josh Aloiai (Manly Sea Eagles), Oliver Clark (released), Matthew Eisenhuth (Penrith Panthers), Harry Grant (Melbourne Storm), Robert Jennings (Penrith Panthers), Chris Lawrence (Retired), Benji Marshall (released), Sam McIntyre (Gold Coast Titans), Chris McQueen, Paul Momirovski, Dylan Smith (released), Elijah Taylor (released)
Re-Signed
Shawn Blore (2023), Luke Garner (2022), Tommy Talau (2022), Alex Twal (2022)
Off Contract 2021
Kane Bradley, Michael Chee-Kam, Zac Cini, William Kei, Jacob Liddle, Jock Madden, Thomas Mikaele, Zane Musgrove, David Nofoaluma, Russell Packer, Josh Reynolds, Kelma Tuilagi, Billy Walters

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