With one game left of the season, Leicester Tigers today announced that centre Matt Toomua will be leaving the club immediately to return to Australia.
Toomua is set to play for the Rebels, in a bid to boost his hopes of making Michael Cheika’s World Cup squad later this year.
After this news was announced, Leicester fans have given their opinion on Twitter over Toomua’s departure from the club and their verdict on his time with the English giants.
Many fans have wished the 29-year-old the best, thanking him for what he has done over two years. Toomua has been part of the club during one of their most difficult periods in recent history, and has gone above and beyond at times to help the team. The fact that he played as a fullback for the Tigers this season is emblematic of what he did for the team, and some have accused the Tigers of managing him poorly.
This is what the fans have said:
Has Matt Toomua really left us @LeicesterTigers? Don't blame him to be fair but the fans would have like to of said goodbye I think.
— Jake Gilbert (@jakegilbert77) May 13, 2019
However, there are some fans that have been slightly more critical of the Australian. Toomua famously received abuse online from Tigers fans earlier in the season after his performance against Northampton, and while these fans have not been abusive, they have been critical of his performances.
Many feel that Toomua has wanted to leave the club all season, and ever since his departure was announced, his mind has been elsewhere. This is compared to his form last season for the Tigers, where he was a star performer.
These fans do no look like they will miss Toomua next season:
Probably more popular than if he stayed- not a fan's favourite
— Jonathan Raimondi (@johnny5raimondi) May 13, 2019
With Leicester’s future in the Premiership secure, there is ultimately nothing for them to play for this weekend. Due to the fact that this is a dead rubber for them, it makes sense that he is given as much time as possible to impress at Melbourne.
While some seem glad to see him go, the majority have appreciated that he was at Leicester during a very difficult time, and do not blame him given the way he was treated by some and the fact that he wants to compete at the World Cup.
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