Sharks captain Paul Gallen says he’s “shocked” by former teammate Jesse Ramien’s very public axing from the Newcastle Knights.
Ramien, 22, was told to leave the Knights by coach Nathan Brown, with his future in the NRL now unclear.
Ramien’s father was reportedly shopping his son around, after he became disgruntled at the club due to his salary and on-field opportunities.Wide World of Sports’The Mole reported Ramien’s unrest back in April and on Sunday revealed thatthe centre’s teammates wanted him gone.
“From all reports, for whatever reason, Jesse has just not fit in there since the start of the season,” Gallen said onSports Sunday.
“That’s from people, players, officials, people who have known him since he’s been at Cronulla. One of our staff members who was at Cronulla, he’s up there now, has said that for whatever reason, he just has not fit in to the Newcastle system, and that’s a shame.
“I’d love to see him back (at Cronulla). Whether or not we’ve got the money to get him back, I’m not sure.
“He’s a great kid. I don’t have anything bad to say about Jesse. He’s never been arrogant, he’s always been coachable, he’s always been likable, so I don’t know what the problem has been up there.
“For whatever reason, he has just not fit in. But I was really surprised it’s been so public. This rumour was floating around Tuesday, Wednesday last week that he’s going to be allowed to leave the club. I was shocked by that.”
Ramien was reportedly on an average of $375,000 per season at Newcastle. Gallen said that as he understood it, Ramien was happy with the deal.
“He didn’t want to leave Cronulla, he left Cronulla for family reasons,” Gallen said.
“He chose Newcastle to be closer to his daughter, and I was surprised this week at how public this whole thing has been made by Newcastle.
“I thought it should have been kept in-house a little bit better, sorted out first and then if he’s asked for a release or needed a release at the end of the season, then let him go then.”
The Daily Telegraph’sPaul Kentreported Brown’s words to Ramien: “I hear your dad is shopping you around? I don’t take that personally, and don’t take this personally, but go and pack your bags and go and play somewhere else where you’re happy with the money you’re on.”
Melbourne have denied interest in signing Ramien, saying they are well served in the centres. Cronulla have actually had a centre overload this season, trying to juggle veteran stars Josh Dugan and Josh Morris with young gun Bronson Xerri in their two spots.