Mick Potter insists the latest contract saga can be seen in a positive light.
The increasingly murky and fan-frustrating contract system in the NRL has come under fire again this week after rising star James Tedesco turned his back on a lucrative three-year deal with the Canberra Raiders.
However, in spite of more controversy and fan outrage, most notably from Raiders’ supporters, Tigers coach Mick Potter beleives Tedesco’s decision to stay with the club.
“It shows something about the club and the players that we do have that he is going to sacrifice money to stay and play with his mates,” Potter said at training on Thursday.
“That is a big plus for the club and a big plus for rugby league that players want to stay and play with people they have grown up with.
“The players are buzzing this morning.
“It is a case of he is happy to be here and he always wanted to stay. It’s not a slight on anyone but he just wants to play with his mates.
“For young Ted it is a learning curve it is probably something he didn’t think all the way through.
“There was on a time delay really, there were some issues he hadn’t covered. He felt the pressure of that and probably tipped the wrong way as it turned out for him.”
While the Tigers players might be buzzing the Raiders have been left without another big name signing after they have been linked in recent weeks to Canterbury’s Michael Ennis and Melbourne’s Kevin Proctor.