Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary has taken a swipe at rookie outside back Moses Suli who has left the club to join Canterbury.
The youngster had been battling injury and returned for pre-season more than 15 kilograms above his playing weight.
Other issues have troubled the rising Tongan.
“We did our best but in the end I guess you can only lead a horse to water,” Cleary told The Daily Telegraph.
“This was not a one off.
“I won’t go into detail but I will be very clear that we did everything we could. That was in conjunction with his manager and his family.
“But in the end it just didn’t work. I hope he finds what he’s looking for.”
Suli joins fellow new recruit and former Wests Tigers skipper Aaron Woods at Belmore.
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