After last night’s report that Aaron Woods may stay at the Tigers in the event that the Bulldogs are unable to get under the cap (a theory that’s pretty much rubbish, as we’ve explained), Woods himself has now responded to the story, and (surprise, surprise) it’s news to him.
“All I know is I signed a contract with the Bulldogs, and that’s it, mate,” Woods said, according to AAP. “I’ve enjoyed my time under Ivan but I signed a contract with the Bulldogs and just enjoying my last weeks with the Tigers.”
The only realistic way that Woods could remain at the Tigers at this point, is for him to request a release (which sounds unlikely), and then have it granted by the Bulldogs (similarly unlikely, given he’s a marquee signing; even if they need to release players in order to get under the cap, you’d expect he’d be at the bottom of the list).
The suggestion that he’d be prevented from playing because he’s the most recent signing is hogwash – by our count, there are seven players the Bulldogs have signed since adding Woods, including the presumably expensive Will Hopoate and Kieran Foran.
So Tigers fans can wish all they want, the only way Woods stays is if both he wants a release and the Bulldogs want to give him one; a combination that remains awfully unlikely at this point.