This is well beyond tin foil hats my friend, it’s a given at this point. They’ve already shown that they will literally bail them out of financial ruin. If they get smith it just shows that they don’t give a shit what people perceive as fair or not and with V’landys at the helm she’ll only get worse.Yeah I have an awful feeling that this is exactly what is happening. Smith will play on, but he still wants the cash. His last signing he really was in a position to take less money knowing there are juniors coming through that the Storm needed to retain, while also knowing he has a big post-playing career (and also has pocketed millions in legit and not-so-legit wages over his playing career). He will want big money, while the NRL will want him on the Gold Coast, just like they did Hayne. Again, like last contract, Smith will use us as a means to pump up his value, knowing the NRL and Titans will do whatever they can to secure him.
The NRL has already allowed players to "walk away" from their contracts, something that was never actually seen before. Previously, if a player had a contract, and wanted to go elsewhere for less, the incumbent club had to fork out the difference. You couldn't just agree to part ways. And yet the NRL let the Titans do just that with Shannon Boyd and Bryce Cartwright, allowing them to clear out their cap. It has only happened once or twice previously, and guess when it first started? Hayne. Leaving the Titans for less money at the Eels, with the Titans not having to burden their cap one cent. Tin foil hats, team. Get on it.