Jack Wighton breaks down in tears as Canberra star begins ‘very tough week’ following his ‘messy’ move to South Sydney as Raiders star helps his side win gold point over the Dolphins
Jack Wighton struggled to hold back tears as the Canberra star lifted the lid on what he described as a ‘very tough week’ following his side’s gold point victory over the Dolphins.
Wighton has been in the spotlight all week following a controversial move to South Sydney Rabbitohs, which has led the NRL to open an investigation into the Bunnies after he took a $1 million pay cut to move to NSW.
The 30-year-old was subject to vicious abuse on social media, while also facing criticism for ditching the Raiders after 14 years at the club.
And speaking to Fox League after his team’s 31-30 victory over the Dolphins, Wighton wore his heart on his sleeve.
“It was huge,” he said. “It’s been a really tough week. Some messy decisions and stuff, so to come and win this with my brothers is big.”
Jack Wighton burst into tears after Canberra’s victory over the Dolphins on Saturday
The 30-year-old said in an emotional interview that his move to South Sydney was ‘messy’
Wighton scored a try during an incredibly exciting game against the NRL newcomers
When asked by Lara Pitt if he is supported by his Canberra teammates, Wighton said: ‘Yeah, they’re good guys. I love them all.’
He added that he wants to go at a high level for Ricky Stuart’s side.
‘Yes, that’s the point. Fourteen years, finish strong here, make memories and enjoy. ‘
While walking away from the Fox Sports crew, Wighton was seen wiping away tears and was comforted by the Raiders staff.
Before the game, Stuart admitted that the move “scared me off” at first, but after speaking to Wighton, he understood his decision.
“Jack and I have communicated and the five or six different excuses I keep hearing are complete nonsense,” Stuart said on Fox League.
“Jack wanted a change and I understand that, the timing of it is wrong and I said earlier this week that the system is flawed.
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart admitted before the game that the move annoyed him
“Jack shouldn’t be put under this pressure to make a decision now, there should be a point where everyone has the opportunity to make the decision to leave or stay at their club.
“It’s unfair to the fans, and I’m all for the fans, because they are one of our biggest stakeholders.
“But Jack and I have been in regular contact and I felt Jack had to make the decision, I understand the decision, I’m comfortable that Jack made that decision to leave, it was just unfortunate with the timing.”