David Nofoaluma accepts contract termination offer from Wests Tigers

Julian Miller
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Julian Miller
25/01/2024
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David Nofoaluma agrees to leave Wests TIgers

David Nofoaluma is the latest Wests Tigers staff member to be forced out of the club heading into the 2024 NRL season.

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  • Nofoaluma has left Wests Tigers after a decade at the club.
  • Wests Tigers reportedly paid $300,000 to buyout Nofoaluma’s contract.
  • Benji Marshall allegedly behind the decision.
  • Nofoaluma had been issued multiple breach notices prior to his contract being terminated.

David Nofoaluma has agreed to end his contract with West Tigers two years ahead of schedule. Tigers boss Benji Marshall was reportedly pivotal to making the decision to terminate his contract. Nofoaluma received $300,000 in exchange for agreeing to walk away from his Tigers’ contract early. 

Nofoaluma saga finally comes to an end

It’s been no secret that David Nofoaluma was unhappy at Wests Tigers. According to some reports, the veteran winger has wanted out for years. 

The Daily Telegraph’s Michael Carayannis told SEN 1170 “I’m not exaggerating — years” when asked about how long it’s been since Nofoaluma fell out of favour at Wests Tigers. 

According to Carayannis and other sources, the dispute came out of Nofoaluma’s desire to leave the club once it was clear Tigers were going to be one of the NRL’s basement boys. 

The winger had a move lined up to join Melbourne Storm in 2023, after a successful loan at the club during the 2022 season. However, Tigers were unwilling to negotiate on Nofoaluma’s existing salary, which further damaged his relationship with the club. 

Once back at Tigers, Nofoaluma reportedly showed up late to training sessions and even completely skipped out on training on several occasions. He was issued multiple breach notices, but refused to change his ways. 

Eventually, Benji Marshall, Tigers head coach, “drew a line in the sand” and demanded Nofoaluma leave the club. This led to Tigers and Nofoaluma agreeing to a buyout deal reportedly worth $300,000. 

Nofoaluma has not signed with a new club yet, but it’s expected that there will be many suitors for his signature. 

Tigers drama rumbles on

You’d be hard pressed to find an NRL club who’s had a more messy offseason than Wests Tigers. 

The club finished the 2023 NRL season as Wooden Spoon winners for the second year in a row. This led to the fans demanding an independent review to examine all club operations. Ownership agreed to commission such a review. The results of which came out in December and resulted in the entire Tigers board stepping down. 

Amid all of this Tigers, and specifically Benji Marshall, were involved in a very public pursuit of Penrith Panthers’ Jarome Luai. This pursuit ended in success and Luai will join Panthers in 2025. 

Marshall in total control of Wests Tigers

The offseason drama at Wests Tigers have dominated headlines all season. Quietly under all that noise, Tigers boss Benji Marshall has been gaining more and more power at the club. With the old board gone and an interim CEO in place, the Tigers legend seems to have an extreme level of control over club operations. 

Whether it was personally handling the Jarome Luai capture, playing a role in firing Tigers’ former recruitment boss Scott Fulton, or pushing Nofoaluma out the door, Marshall has played a big role in Tigers’ moves this offseason. 

The third year boss has yet to deliver any success to the Tigers’ faithful yet, so allowing him such a big role is a risky decision by the club’s ownership. We probably won’t know whether it was the right decision to give Marshall so much power until after the 2025 NRL season, if Tigers give him that much time at least.

PlayUp  and other top Australian sports betting sites have Wests Tigers pegged to be one of the worst teams in the NRL again this season. If they look on track to win a third straight Wooden Spoon, Marshall may not get the chance to coach Tigers in 2025.