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Not everyone loves Arfur

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by swoop, May 9, 2015.

  1. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +1,543 /26
    Parramatta Eels warrior Fuifui Moimoi can't forgive Brad Arthur's 'betrayal'

    Parramatta cult hero Fuifui Moimoi claims he was "betrayed" by Eels coach Brad Arthur in his final year at the club, alleging a personal vendetta denied him the opportunity to play his farewell match at Pirtek Stadium.

    Moimoi, now with the Leigh Centurions in England's second-tier competition, is about to release his biography Fui Speaks and reveals the story of one of league's men of mystery, a player who wriggled out of interviews by telling journalists "English no good".

    At a time when NRL player workloads are an issue, his language couldn't be more cutting in describing the anger he feels towards Arthur, saying they fell out when he refused to return early to pre-season training after representing Tonga in the 2013 World Cup.

    "I think Brad was angry at me from the beginning of the [2014] season because I wanted to go home to Tonga after the World Cup," wrote Moimoi. "Test players were supposed to get time off after the World Cup before returning to training, but he wanted me to come in early. Every player in the NRL gets a certain amount of time off at the end of each year. Apparently he did not care about this for me. I asked him why and he said, 'I don't want you to train, I just want you to come in and be around the boys'.

    "I said it was a waste of time for me to come back early and tried to explain that my family lived overseas, I had a baby living in the States and I needed to see my mum and brother in Tonga. I said, 'I don't have enough time' and he told me that if I didn't return to the Eels early then don't be upset if I ended up missing the first five games. I couldn't believe he tried to pressure me like that, but as I've mentioned earlier, I'm not the type of person to get angry or blow up. So I just told Brad, 'well, if that's what you want, I'm happy with that'.

    "He said he'd give me a bye week off to go to see my family later in the year. I said I didn't need that week off and that I'd rather spend time with my family straight after the World Cup, which was at the end of a long year. But Brad just wouldn't budge and I started to get frustrated with him."

    Arthur did not want to comment on the claims but a club spokesperson said Moimoi was considered a Parramatta "legend" and is respected for having played more than 200 first grade games there.

    However, he said instead of being strongarmed by Arthur to return to Australia straight after the World Cup Moimoi was granted an extended break.
    "Fui was provided an extra three weeks of leave," said the spokesperson. "He was contacted by the club once he had failed to return to the country by the agreed time."

    While MoiMoi said he was better than the some of the 17 players selected for the final game at Pirtek Stadium the club spokesperson said he was promoted to first grade towards the end of the 2014 season because Junior Paulo was suspended.

    "Paulo returned to the side [against] Manly after serving a two week suspension," he said.

    Moimoi wanted to know why Parramatta's Australian and New Zealand representatives appeared to receive more favourable treatment but he was enraged by Arthur's suggestion he promised Ricky Stuart he would return early after representing Tonga.

    "Brad then really made my blood boil by claiming I'd already agreed with the Eels' previous coach, Ricky Stuart, to come back the following week after the World Cup," he wrote. "I replied, 'F--- off, I never agreed to that with Sticky or the club'. I think from that day Brad just tried to find a way to get me back. I just felt he did not give me the respect I had given him."

    Moimoi worked hard to ensure he couldn't be dropped but was demoted to the NSW Cup. He rebuffed an opportunity to make a mid-season switch to Manly because he wanted to play his 200th game for Parramatta.

    When Penrith approached him with an offer Moimoi was swayed to stay by Arthur who insisted he would return to first grade. However, he was denied the chance to farewell his supporters in the final home game of the year when he was axed again.

    "It was the hardest thing I've ever been through in my career," he wrote. "It made me feel so angry. Brad said he had to pick the best 17, but I know I'm still better than some of those players he selected."

    Moimoi's hurt was compounded because while many of his teammates were said to be unhappy about his treatment he only heard from Peni Terepo, Nathan Cayless and Jarryd Hayne: "Some of the boys who I thought were my good mates didn't even call me to see how I was going."

    He was convinced to go to the game to farewell the Parramatta faithful and Moimoi said he was grateful to have taken the advice when he walked around the ground to say farewell to the fans after fulltime.

    "It was so emotional, I was almost crying seeing their happy faces and how much they appreciated me. I signed autographs until they closed the ground and turned the lights off. I would love to have played a big game in front of them one last time but it wasn't meant to be. The way the coach dropped me made me feel I wasn't good enough to play my last game in front of them. That's why I wanted to stay back and sign as many autographs as I could. It made me feel better and appreciate what is really important: the fans and the people who have supported me over the years."

    Moimoi said he was angry at his treatment because of the way he had viewed Arthur before the pair fell out.

    "I actually helped him get the job at the Eels," he wrote. "Back in 2013 when the club was deciding between Jason Taylor and Brad for the coaching job, there was some campaigning behind the scenes from his end and some people within the club, I was asked to put in a good word for him along with a few other players. Even though I really liked Jason from his days as head coach at the Eels, I was more than happy to recommend Brad. I had fond memories of when Brad was an assistant and caretaker coach at the club and felt like he had been good to me. So I felt like he had betrayed me when he treated me so poorly throughout the 2014 season."

  2. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +4,851 /102
    I wonder if there is an election coming up soon...
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    • cava2323

      cava2323 Active Member

      +190 /7
      i call BS on the whole story. the public has to wait for Choc to put forward the correct version of events, possibly FOZ too
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      • mickqld

        mickqld Sack Greenslime 2017 Tipping Competitor

        +5,250 /109
        Who cares, fuk Parra. ..scumbags.
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        • KOMORI

          KOMORI Born and bred an Eagle

          +3,716 /62
          Always had a soft spot for Fui Fui though. Very ordinary thing for the coach to do, deny a club stalwart his swan song + 200th game. If true anyways..
        • Beaver boy

          Beaver boy Well-Known Member

          +366 /71
          Arthur is a dead Man walking. His inability to coach at the top level will see him screaming to come back to Manly.
        • the mauler

          the mauler Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

          +1,886 /30
          Bourbon Bec didn't miss him either in her column today.
        • Killer03

          Killer03 Well-Known Member

          +3,437 /32
          Hard to know if Moi Moi was treated badly or not. As the rumours I've heard are that he is a bit on the difficult side to deal with. But I must say it's refreshing to hear some tales that show Arthur as anything but the greatest coach in the history of the universe.
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          • wedgetail eagle

            wedgetail eagle Well-Known Member Premium Member

            +2,152 /11
            Fui's biography,
            is it a colouring in book or join the Dots? ;)
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            • Loobs

              Loobs Scott Fulton’s 5th Cousin Premium Member

              +9,074 /306
              Was gonna say - he needs a biography why???
            • bones

              bones Bones Knows

              +9,037 /102
              Hope not. Scott Penn would take him.
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              • Terry Zarsoff

                Terry Zarsoff Well-Known Member

                +6,221 /100
                On Zorba's expert recommendation.
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                • HappilyManly

                  HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

                  +19,032 /367
                  I loved watching Fui Fui and it would have been great to have him come to Manly.:nod:

                  Amazing to read that he wanted to stay so that he could have his 200th game in his Parra colours - loyalty indeed :inlove:

                  Apparently he is a big hit in the ESL - good luck to him :)
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                  • Ron E. Gibbs

                    Ron E. Gibbs Well-Known Member

                    +2,337 /21
                    ^ Don't think he's in the Super League (his team is in the second tier comp) but I did see somewhere he's already a cult hero over there.
                  • The Who

                    The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

                    +7,256 /173
                    Moi Moi was great to watch, and I recall one game against us when he virtually won the game for them. He was treated shabbily and was still good enough to make the top Eels 13 when dropped for reasons other than his ability.
                    Interesting read. So we allegedly tries to poach him mid-season? If true that's a credit to our recruitment team because he would have been very handy.
                    Also interesting is the world's greater man-manager may not be as good as Foran says.
                  • eagle66

                    eagle66 Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

                    +675 /12
                    Imagine if Manly did similar to one of our 200 game veterans, like not offering a contract, what an uproar that would have been.
                  • Terry Zarsoff

                    Terry Zarsoff Well-Known Member

                    +6,221 /100
                    Yes, I'm wondering what Brent Kite would think? :)
                  • Jerry1

                    Jerry1 Well-Known Member

                    +2,659 /93
                    I remember watching his lap around and thinking that was a ****ty way to end his time at para. They could have benched him and brought him on for the last 15 not just for Fui but also for the fans. Not a good look for footy as a whole when this sort of thing happens. Shame on you Brad.
                  • tookey

                    tookey Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

                    +5,798 /186
                    Or Glen Stewart.
                  • Eagles2nv

                    Eagles2nv Sea you in the finals 2017 Tipping Competitor

                    +2,103 /49
                    If the Dalai Arthur was such a super coach, why is doesntmatta second last.

                    They dont have that many injuries, so what's their excuse?

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