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Rugby League Legend Urges Tevita Pangai Junior To Snub Wests Tigers For Rival Club

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Rugby League Legend Urges Tevita Pangai Junior To Snub Wests Tigers For Rival Club

When a rugby league Immortal gives you advice, you best take it.

Tevita Pangai Junior has been urged to snub the struggling Wests Tigers, according to none other than the legendary Andrew Johns.

With TPJ shown the exit door by the Brisbane Broncos, Johns reckons he should join Craig Bellamy and the Melbourne Storm.

"Everyone can see the potential of Tevita Pangai Junior," he told Wide World of Sports' Immortal Behaviour.

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Tevita Pangai Junior. Credit: PA
Tevita Pangai Junior. Credit: PA

"But I don't know whether the Tigers would be a good fit for Tevita.

"If I was managing Tevita I would say, 'you're going to Melbourne for two years. You're going to cop a lot less money, but after two years you're going to come out a different player and then you can make that money then'.

"I just think he needs to go down to that regime in the Storm. We all know the potential he's got."

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Andrew Johns. Credit: PA
Andrew Johns. Credit: PA

Despite still being under contract for another year, Pangai Junior was told by the Broncos that he could explore other options.

It was after his side's 46-0 thrashing at the hands of the Rabbitohs that TPJ have a brutally-honest post-game interview where he opened up about the club's cut-throat decision.

"They got me in on my day off and told me I'm free to look elsewhere," he said.

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"Players are going to be held accountable for the results we've been tossing up, so, if that's me then I'll have to look elsewhere. Got to just take it day by day and week by week and see where my future is.

"I'd like to have my future sorted in the next three weeks.

"I haven't thought about that [where he wants to go next].

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"I thought I was under contract, but contracts don't mean much these days. So I just have to cop it on the chin and get my manager to do his job."

When news broke that the 25-year-old's time in Queensland was coming to an end, rival clubs immediately jumped at the opportunity to sign him.

Pangai Junior has been linked with a move to the Wests Tigers - a club that remains down the bottom end of the NRL ladder.

But Joey Johns thinks Michael Maguire's side is looking in the wrong direction.

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The Tigers have struggled this season. Credit: PA
The Tigers have struggled this season. Credit: PA

"Dale Finucane, clubs are climbing over each other to get him," Johns added.

"Not necessarily what he does on the field, but the way he prepares.

"I had seen him prepare in Origin a couple of years ago. It is so methodical, professional and it rubs off on other players.

"But Dale's played a lot of tough footy. I don't know how much footy he's got left.

"So go find the Dale Finucane who's 19, 20 or 21, and they're out there."

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Topics: Brisbane Broncos, Melbourne Storm, Rugby League, nrl, Transfer news, Wests Tigers, Australia

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