Sport Cleary swings axe on star man after training mishap

08:10  16 may  2018
08:10  16 may  2018 Source:

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The Wests Tigers have axed cult figure Mahe Fonua after the star man arrived late to training last Sunday morning.

Fonua has had an outstanding start to the season and has become a fan favourite following his iconic mullet haircut, but he will now play first grade football this weekend following the decision.

The dominant centre reportedly missed 40 minutes of team prehab and failed to show for the first 20 minutes of video.

Tigers coach Ivan Cleary was part of the group involved in making the decision to stand down Fonua alongside club CEO Justin Pascoe and the club leadership group.

Cleary expressed his disappointment at the 25-year-old’s actions but did not count out Fonua from bouncing back from the incident.

“Of course, it’s disappointing but this is a course of action we had to take,” Cleary said.

“At the end of the day he’s made a mistake which let the team down.

“And that doesn’t fit with the standards we’re trying to develop here at the club.”

Fonua arrived at the Tigers this season following two seasons with Hull FC, and has enjoyed immediate success upon his return to the NRL.

The former Melbourne Storm product turned in a Man of the Match performance during the Tigers’ emphatic win over the North Queensland Cowboys last week.

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