The Tigers have confirmed nine players will part ways from the club in 2018, with James Tedesco and Aaron Wood headlining the list of lost talent.
Tedesco and Woods’ move to the Roosters and Bulldogs respectively have been widely reported, but some of the club’s smaller names are also on their way out as Ivan Cleary prepares to turn a new leaf.
The Tigers coach got busy recuiting right away once he was handed power, bringing Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, Tui Lolohea and Alex Twal to Concord mid-season.
Then the big names started putting belief in Cleary’s plan, with Josh Reynolds, Ben Matulino, Russell Packer, Chris McQueen and Benji Marshall all joining the bus.
Cleary will be well equipped of depth in the backs department, convincing Taane Milne, Corey Thompson and Mahe Fonua to wear the orange and black along with some help in the forwards with Robbie Rochow, who makes the last of 12 signings.
The heavy recruiting comes with a long list of casualties as the Tigers mentor begins his revamp, leaving Joel Edwards, Jamal Idris, Justin Hunt, Jack Littlejohn and Kyle Lovett all without an NRL contract.
Veteran hooker Matt Ballin has been forced into retirement after battling an ongoing knee injury, while stocky prop Ava Seumanufagai will take up a contract with the Sharks.
Idris was a huge disappointment after being tipped for a big comeback from a two-year break from rugby league, but the once damaging centre only managed five first grade appearances and struggled to keep up with the pace of first grade.
Lovett has been in the Tigers’ bad books since being found guilty of cocaine possession before the season kicked off as they attempted to shaft him, but eventually the club kept him and he went to feature in just seven games for 2017.
Littlejohn provided cover in the halves, hooker and in the forwards as the club dealt with a string of injuries, but along with Joel Edwards, both men were overlooked for Cleary’s stack of new weaponry.