Jarome Luai spills beans on $6 million contract storm

Jarome Luai has announced his official decision to join the Wests Tigers.

The Panthers star went rogue and called a snap press conference on Wednesday after locking in a five-year deal with the Tigers — a contract that is reported to be worth more than $6 million.

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It is huge news for the Tigers — and coach Benji Marshall, who has finally landed the big fish recruit the club has desperately chased.

The saga surrounding his exit from Penrith took an ugly turn last month when reports emerged of tension between the player and club surrounding his absence from training.

Luai remains committed to the Panthers for the 2024 NRL season before he makes the jump to the Tigers.

The 26-year-old on Wednesday spilled the beans on the reasons behind his decision to leave the reigning premiers.

He told reporters his personal connection with Marshall was one of the reasons he has agreed to sign his future away with the joint-venture club.

Marshall said in a statement released by the club: “We are super excited to announce the signing of Jarome for the 2025 season on a five-year deal.

“His experience as a genuine premiership-winning playmaker will be great for us and the future of our club.

“We love the way Jarome plays his footy and even better, he is a great person.

“We very much look forward to welcoming Jarome and his family to our club in 2025, but right now, season 2024 is our focus.”

The press conference comes after it emerged Penrith had waived its right of reply to launch one final campaign to hold onto him through the controversial 10-day cooling off period.

Only last month Tigers legend Steve Roach raised doubts that Luai would in fact make the move and suggested he would be making a mistake if he did

“Why would you go from the team winning the premiership to the wooden spooners, I don’t get it,” he told foxsports.com.au.

“You’ll get cash down the track if you’re a one-team player, it doesn’t matter, you’ll make more that way.

“I’d like him to come, he’s a good player, but I have my doubts.”

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