Dumped Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens is suing his old club claiming his sacking damaged his reputation and he hasn't been able to find work at another NRL club since.
Wests Tigers terminated his position as head coach in mid September 2012 and replaced him with Michael Potter, although the club continued to pay Sheens' salary until the end of June 2013. It is believed Sheens was on a contract of $450,000 a year.
Sheens has launched legal action in the NSW Supreme Court demanding the Tigers resume payment of his monthly salary until his contract ends on October 31 this year.
In a statement of claim, obtained by Fairfax Media, Sheens also claims damages for the loss of opportunity to earn bonus payments, damages for breach and repudiation of contract, damages for loss of enhancement of reputation and costs.
Under the contract signed in April 2011, Sheens had the option to stay on as coach for a further year, so long as the first grade team met certain performance targets.
Sheens says he has suffered loss and damage to his reputation and has been not been employed as a head coach of another NRL team since. In a directions hearing on Tuesday, the court heard both sides will present expert accounting evidence.
The matter returns to court next month.