Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco has sensationally backflipped on his 3 year deal with the Canberra Raiders and will remain at the Tigers.
Just 8 days after signing for the Raiders, Tedesco has opted to remain at the Tigers, days before the deadline for registration of NRL contracts
In a situation eerily similar to Tim Moltzen’s decison to backflip on a three year deal with the St George Illawarra Dragons beginning in 2012.
Under the rules, contracts have to be registered before the start of round 13 which begins on Friday night, so Tedesco has every right to his decision, but it’s not a good look for Tedesco or the Wests Tigers and is likely to infuriate the Raiders, who must now undergo a new search for a fullback.
The Wests Tigers have released the following statement:
After much thought, James Tedesco has approached the club this evening and advised CEO Grant Mayer that his preference is to stay at the Wests Tigers beyond this season.
Mayer said that “there is no doubt that this has been a difficult period for James and his family but we are clearly thrilled that he has decided to stay with the club.
“This is a brave decision by James that will undoubtedly show many that his belief in his mates and belief in the club far outweighs all other influences,” he added.
“All at the club are delighted with his decision and we will work towards concluding the terms that were last available to him from the Wests Tigers.”
Tedesco added “I firstly need to apologise to the Canberra Raiders for my change of heart. They have been great throughout the whole process.
That said, I never felt totally comfortable with my decision and after thinking it through I realised it would be too hard to leave my best mates.
“I understand that the Raiders and their fans will be disappointed and I apologise to all of them for making this decision and I only hope they will understand.”
The decision by Tedesco is allowed under the NRL rules.
At this stage James wishes to make no further comment.