NEWS Andrew McCullough’s complicated contract a headache for Broncos

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Andrew McCullough’s complicated contract a headache for Broncos

PETER BADEL, The Courier-Mail
May 23, 2019 11:21pm

THE Broncos have a $1 million dilemma on their hands with Andrew McCullough – and how they handle the Brisbane hooker will have major implications for their salary-cap position. When the Broncos announced McCullough’s retention in March, 2017, the club trumpeted a four-year upgrade which was to keep the courageous hooker at Red Hill until the end of 2021. But it now emerges that McCullough’s four-year contract is more complex than it appears.



Andrew McCullough’s contract situation is a complicated one. Picture: Adam Head

His deal contains a two-year option in McCullough’s favour. That means McCullough is technically off-contract this year – and the incumbent Queensland No.9 has the power to activate the final two years of his deal. McCullough is on around $500,000-a-season at the Broncos and is currently sidelined with a knee injury, so the Maroons rake would have every incentive to seek security by taking up his two-year option.

The conundrum for the Broncos is the sudden competition for hooking spots. Jake Turpin has been a revelation filling in for McCullough, but he is also off-contract. At 22, he is seven years younger than McCullough. Then there’s new recruit James Segeyaro, who scored the match-winner in his Broncos debut last week. At 28, he is one year younger than McCullough. There is speculation the club is prepared to offload McCullough to an NRL rival, something the Broncos have vigorously denied. But sooner rather than later, McCullough’s future needs to be sorted out.

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Dazza 92

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yeh I think he needs to move on....both for his own career and for our future cap space when we have to start making those long term contract decisions on about half a dozen of our young guns...
 

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I am a massive Macca fan and have defended him multiple times but it is time for him to move on. Will be forever grateful for what he has given to the club but Turpin and Segs are the future. The team needs what those two bring, but Macca could bring so much to a team like the Titans for instance. It would be best for both parties for them to part ways.
 

Dazza 92

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I think so, plus he knows future rep appearances depend on him being a starter, and if he isn't going to be that here then...

Be sad to see him leave...true club man and great role model..his personality will be missed...
 

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hahaha at above comments

If Macca really loves the Broncos, he will do the right thing and move to the Titans.
- Merged

the Newcastle to our Sydney... or is it the Sydney to our Newcastle? I'm not really sure but either way, it's bad.

... but it's right
 
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McHunt

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Maybe they could turn his option into a PR position at the club - a roving ambassador - like Yow Yeh. He could retire and still get paid. Win/win for everyone.
 

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I am a massive Macca fan and have defended him multiple times but it is time for him to move on. Will be forever grateful for what he has given to the club but Turpin and Segs are the future. The team needs what those two bring, but Macca could bring so much to a team like the Titans for instance. It would be best for both parties for them to part ways.
No offense intended here and pretending to be McCullough speaking 'I say, **** you jack'. No way in hell I'm moving on, yes I love the club but **** right off, no way no chance. You want me gone, pay me the money. Just because it suits you, you want me to play somewhere else. Fine, I'll play ISC for two years. No problem. I might put on a few kilos but that'll be your fault because I haven't been training to much. I don't owe you a fucking thing, I've busted a gut for you lot. You cunts are like ungrateful kids pushing the elders out into the snow. No way, go and get fucked!!

If Andrew McCullough does that and says that he'll gain respect from me. The clubs just a business, it doesn't have a soul (no one does, right ?) It will survive. Macca doesn't have to sacrifice anything and I back him if he simply tells them to deal with it.
 

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No offense intended here and pretending to be McCullough speaking 'I say, **** you jack'. No way in hell I'm moving on, yes I love the club but **** right off, no way no chance. You want me gone, pay me the money. Just because it suits you, you want me to play somewhere else. Fine, I'll play ISC for two years. No problem. I might put on a few kilos but that'll be your fault because I haven't been training to much. I don't owe you a fucking thing, I've busted a gut for you lot. You cunts are like ungrateful kids pushing the elders out into the snow. No way, go and get fucked!!

If Andrew McCullough does that and says that he'll gain respect from me. The clubs just a business, it doesn't have a soul (no one does, right ?) It will survive. Macca doesn't have to sacrifice anything and I back him if he simply tells them to deal with it.
Ok...

I honestly don’t understand your rant, I just said he needs to move on for himself and the team. For the teams sake because we play better using a style from dummy half that he simply can’t deliver and for his sake because I feel his career would go better not in the ISC.

Never said anything about not paying him out or anything like that.
 

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No offense intended here and pretending to be McCullough speaking 'I say, **** you jack'. No way in hell I'm moving on, yes I love the club but **** right off, no way no chance. You want me gone, pay me the money. Just because it suits you, you want me to play somewhere else. Fine, I'll play ISC for two years. No problem. I might put on a few kilos but that'll be your fault because I haven't been training to much. I don't owe you a fucking thing, I've busted a gut for you lot. You cunts are like ungrateful kids pushing the elders out into the snow. No way, go and get fucked!!

If Andrew McCullough does that and says that he'll gain respect from me. The clubs just a business, it doesn't have a soul (no one does, right ?) It will survive. Macca doesn't have to sacrifice anything and I back him if he simply tells them to deal with it.
You must be in the minority because I reckon 95% of fans including myself would massively lose respect for him and forget all the service he has provided the club over the years if he pulled a tantrum like that out and left on those terms. Last impressions are what will be etched in people’s memories when they look back on his career with us.

I agree he has every right to take the option and languish in QLD Cup but no one player is bigger than the club and this decision needs to be made for the betterment of our club moving forward. He should be grateful that we didn’t actively go to market and find some hooker depth to put his position under threat all these years. He has been very comfortable these last few years.
 

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You must be in the minority because I reckon 95% of fans including myself would massively lose respect for him and forget all the service he has provided the club over the years if he pulled a tantrum like that out and left on those terms. Last impressions are what will be etched in people’s memories when they look back on his career with us.

I agree he has every right to take the option and languish in QLD Cup but no one player is bigger than the club and this decision needs to be made for the betterment of our club moving forward. He should be grateful that we didn’t actively go to market and find some hooker depth to put his position under threat all these years. He has been very comfortable these last few years.
Agreed. Perspective is everything.
 

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You must be in the minority because I reckon 95% of fans including myself would massively lose respect for him and forget all the service he has provided the club over the years if he pulled a tantrum like that out and left on those terms. Last impressions are what will be etched in people’s memories when they look back on his career with us.

I agree he has every right to take the option and languish in QLD Cup but no one player is bigger than the club and this decision needs to be made for the betterment of our club moving forward. He should be grateful that we didn’t actively go to market and find some hooker depth to put his position under threat all these years. He has been very comfortable these last few years.
He wouldn't be leaving, he'd be staying and getting paid. What the 95% (apparently) are doing are being selfish, they're thinking how it affects them or doing a Sir Gallahad and defending the honour of the Broncos. What this 95% aren't doing is seeing it from McCullough's perspective and that's where I differ from most. I imagine I'm Macca and were it I, I'd say **** you all, give me what was promised and for once in your miserable lives live up to your side of the deal. I'd say both parties signed a contract in good faith and now one party wants to change things because it now suits them. Well fine but don't expect me(Macca speaking) to bend over for you. Pay me or offer recompense because I was prepared to do my part and you want to change, okay pay for that privilege. It's high time contracts regained meaning.
 

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He wouldn't be leaving, he'd be staying and getting paid. What the 95% (apparently) are doing are being selfish, they're thinking how it affects them or doing a Sir Gallahad and defending the honour of the Broncos. What this 95% aren't doing is seeing it from McCullough's perspective and that's where I differ from most. I imagine I'm Macca and were it I, I'd say **** you all, give me what was promised and for once in your miserable lives live up to your side of the deal. I'd say both parties signed a contract in good faith and now one party wants to change things because it now suits them. Well fine but don't expect me(Macca speaking) to bend over for you. Pay me or offer recompense because I was prepared to do my part and you want to change, okay pay for that privilege. It's high time contracts regained meaning.
To be fair though, he's a professional and the average first grade career is 50 games. He's done very well and it's smarter career management if he goes for a 3 year contract elsewhere than to languish and reserves where he definitely will not get another contract when he's done. It's up to him if he wants to collect 1 mill and retire, or back himself at another club, go up a level and potentially play another 5 years and rake in 2mil.
 

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