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NRL 2019: Paul Kent blasts Ryan Matterson as West Tigers reportedly preparing to let him walk

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News Limited journalist Paul Kent has blasted Wests Tigers second-rower Ryan Matterson after he was granted leave from the club for the rest of 2019.

Matterson was granted immediate leave from training on Thursday for the rest of the year, with the club attributing it down to personal reasons.

However, Kent has refused to accept this excuse, slamming Matterson for his poor attitude and greediness on NRL 360.

"This is part of the cancer that is affecting the game," Kent believes.

“Ryan Matterson was a young kid coming through at the Roosters, the Tigers recognised his potential, offered him a significant deal,

"The Roosters couldn’t match it so he signed at the Tigers,

"He had a very good debut season, so his manager gets in his ear and says ‘we can get you more money than we thought you were worth at the beginning of the season so kick stones at training.”

Fellow panellist Paul Crawley shared this sentiment, slamming the NRL and Todd Greenberg for letting this situation get out of hand.

“Instead of Todd Greenberg making a fuss about Sam Burgess for coming out and speaking his mind and telling the truth, why doesn’t he do something about this?” he said.

“And the Wests Tigers fans who had to deal with their coach walking out with two years left on his contract? We’re about to get to Jack Bird being pushed out the door up there (Brisbane).

“A contract these days in rugby league, just forget about it. They do nothing year after year to fix this in the game.

"There’s no loyalty anymore and the fans can’t trust any contract they talk about.”

This comes as The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the Tigers are prepared to let him go if he is not willing to buy into the club's culture.

They suggest that the club has reportedly lost patience with the premiership-winning backrower, believing that his 'moping' around and request for leave are motivated by money.

It is understood that Matterson's management met with the Tigers last week, with the Eels, Knights and Bulldogs amongst clubs reportedly showing interest in the disgruntled side.

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