Will self-entitled blame-thrower Joey Leilua be silenced in the ring?

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Joey Leilua (pictured) during an NRL match.
Joey Leilua (pictured) is off to the UK after his NRL stint in Australia ended in controversial fashion. (Getty Images)


When is Joey Leilua's plane for the UK taking off?

Another couple of weeks, you say?

Can we not bring the flight forward because I don’t think I can handle any more of his self-entitled crap.

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He's now Featherstone Rovers' problem and Sportsbet will frame you a market on how long before it ends in tears at the second-tier English club.

If you believe BJ, everything that's gone wrong in his career is someone else's fault.

Self-reflection is obviously not part of his DNA.

He likes to think of himself as a flame-thrower, but blame-thrower is a more appropriate tag.

The signs were there right back in 2012 when the Roosters cut him after a series of off-field incidents, which included allegedly breaking an AVO and sharing nude images of a former girlfriend.

Newcastle picked him up and for a while it was working out….until it didn't.

And, once again, apparently it was the club that was the problem, not the player.

Tell us all about it, Joey.

"The culture there wasn't great. The younger boys didn’t get the same treatment as the older boys," he decided on his way out the door.

"Some players would get different treatment and that was the sad thing that I didn’t like about Newcastle."

Huh? What does that mean exactly?

Senior players got better parking spots? Complimentary meat raffle tickets at Wests Leagues bistro? Free pies at Darby's?

Canberra stint ends with Ricky Stuart blow up

As the Knights pondered that one, our man was heading down to Canberra to suit up for the Raiders.

And, for a while, that worked a treat for both parties.

But after playing a leading role in Canberra's run to the 2019 GF – prompting Ricky Stuart to declare Leilua 'the best right centre in the NRL' – BJ had a blow-up with the coach after returning to pre-season a few Happy Meals overweight.

"Something happened between me and Sticky and I wasn't happy," he said.

"I asked him if he thought I wasn't good enough for the team and he said 'you’re not good enough for this team'. From that moment I was off with him."

You see! It's not ME, it’s YOU!!

"I couldn't wait to get here in a new environment," he added.

"Here" was Wests Tigers.

Joey Leilua (pictured) warms up.
Joey Leilua (pictured) is off to the UK to play rugby league. (Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

You know the rest, his exit confirmed after just two seasons with the obligatory shade throwing.

“Btw I wouldn’t play for someone that blames the team all the time! And not once himself! #Madge," our man posted after receiving his latest pink slip.

Leilua, who played 225 NRL games and twice won the Dally M centre-of-the-year, will sign off from Australia with a fight against former Cronulla and Wests Tigers forward Chris Heighington on the Paul Gallen undercard next week.

The selfless and humble Heighington is the antithesis to Leilua's it's-all-about-me ethos.

But it would be pointless talking Leilua through that concept.

As he says, he only listens to people close to him and "doesn't really care about the outside world".

Good luck, Featherstone.

He's all yours.

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