It is something that clubs never want to do, but when their hand is forced, they are left with no choice – and in this case, when it came to problem player Jamil Hopoate, they had no choice but to sack the young player, after he left a rookie camp premises, despite being told not to do so.
Hopoate, who was one of 16 players selected from the Eels to attend a special rookie camp outlining what it takes to be an NRL player, broke rules, resulting in his sacking.
To make matters worse, Hopoate also failed to attend formal presentations at the camp, with Parramatta Eels CEO Ken Edwards disappointed in Hopoate, but insisting the club had no choice.
“Unfortunately, Jamil has failed to respond to on-going support, tutoring and mentoring from our dedicated coaching staff, as well as our Welfare and Education department,” said Edwards.
“While the club regrets losing such a talented player, the club has made it very clear that we expect high standards of behaviour across all grades.”
“All who play for the Parramatta Eels need to understand that we are focused on and committed to recruiting players, who put the team first.”
“We are committed to educating our players and fostering a culture that exemplifies the NRL's core values of respect, excellence, inclusiveness, courage and teamwork.”
“Parramatta has offered to provide on-going support and counselling to Jamil.”
“The club won't be making any further comments relating to the issue.”