EX-WIGAN WARRIORS and Salford Red Devils star Jackson Hastings was ‘hard to handle’ at Wests Tigers, according to Australian publication the Sydney Morning Herald.
Hastings recently made the move to the Newcastle Knights – a deal which came around rather quickly after interest spawned just a fortnight before the halfback signed on.
The Herald has reported that problems between Hastings and new head coach Tim Sheens began when the latter wanted to shift the former to loose-forward to make way for Adam Doueihi and Luke Brooks in the halves.
However, the Australian publication is also claiming further issues went on behind the scenes, including Hastings’ continued support for former boss Michael Maguire after he was given the elbow back in the summer.
Hastings also failed to fill in a welfare form that the club required its players to complete which didn’t go down well either with some viewing it as an act of defiance.
The Herald didn’t stop there either, reporting that sources close to the issue were upset with Hastings’ use of social media to track his rehabilitation from a broken ankle and syndesmosis injury, which ended his 2022 season.
Old heads at the Tigers reportedly took issue with his posting of training and recovery updates.
Since then, of course, Hastings has become a Newcastle player, replacing Jake Clifford who has moved to Super League with Hull FC.