Unimpressed Warriors forward Jazz Tevaga hopes the club's owner will explain himself to the players following last week's bombshell remarks that NRL veterans Blake Green and Gerard Beale will be cut loose.
The Kiwi club's rollercoaster season negotiated more lows and highs last week, capped by a Green-inspired 26-16 win over Brisbane in Gosford.
The halfback vented afterwards that he was "irritated" at owner Mark Robinson's interview with TVNZ 48 hours earlier, while interim coach Todd Payton said the timing was "not great".
Tevaga said also hit out Robinson's assertion, that Green and Beale would depart at the end of 2020 as the Warriors try to cut ties with controversial player agent Isaac Moses.
"I'm not going to lie, it's not nice to read. It is what it is and at the end of the day he does own the club," Tevaga said.
"But it was evident in the way they played that they used that as motivation to put in a good performance."
Robinson has chosen to stay with the team at their relocated base in Terrigal, NSW for a month.
Tevaga expects the successful Auckland businessman and long-time rugby league backer will look to explain his comments to the squad soon.
He said Robinson is a straight-up, honest operator whose method has always been to get things done without a suger coating.
"We haven't had a chat with him yet but I'm sure he will say something.
"He did chat to me briefly and he said things were taken the wrong way. He didn't mean it in that way," Tevaga said.
"(But) It's not a nice thing to say or to read about, especially if it's during this time.
"I have no dramas with him and I don't think any of the team does but, yeah, we'll see if he addresses it in the next couple of days."
Adding to Tevaga's agitation was the sudden move by the ownership two weeks ago to sack coach Stephen Kearney, particularly given the father-figure status he'd adopted for players suffering from homesickness.
"That was really upsetting, I was really sad with how things were handled there," Tevaga said.
"It is what it is. The boys know it's a business so we have no power over that."
Lock Tevaga is poised to play his first game of the season on Friday against the Titans on the Gold Coast, having overcome a knee injury suffered during their Tamworth lockdown period in May.