NRL Rumour and Movements - 2019

Big Pete

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The Bulldogs have released Zac Saddler.

Funny story about Zac, the Bulldogs went all in on him when he was 17, signed him up to a multi-year NRL deal with the belief that he'd become one of the best prop forwards of his generation. After a couple of injuries, Zac couldn't even make the Jersey Flegg side and was playing local football. Of all the players in the NRL system, there wasn't a bigger bust and yet nobody is any of the wiser outside of Canterbury.
 
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Wolfie

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Cowboys are making some decent signings. Robson and Drinkwater could really strengthen up their spine. They just need a strike outside back or two.
Interestingly, their backline, disrupted as it has been, have scored more tries than us even without what you would call real strike players. Oates and Boyd are the only current Broncos playing with a try to their names, and Staggs, Issako, and Shibasaki have 0. Bird and Roberts are our only other try scoring backs, and we wont be seeing either again this year. Staggs has really surprised me, i expected him to be on 3 or 4 tries at least by now.
 

Alec

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Interestingly, their backline, disrupted as it has been, have scored more tries than us even without what you would call real strike players. Oates and Boyd are the only current Broncos playing with a try to their names, and Staggs, Issako, and Shibasaki have 0. Bird and Roberts are our only other try scoring backs, and we wont be seeing either again this year. Staggs has really surprised me, i expected him to be on 3 or 4 tries at least by now.
Oh I definitely feel like our strike power is low now too, but it didn't look like it would be at the start of the year. Staggs will hopefully come good soon too.
 

Huge

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I don't think we have much to worry about. This team has a winning feeling about it and we'll score plenty more tries because of it. The tough start to the year will stand them in good stead and I'm feeling a lot more optimistic. The way the team rallied around Boyd and what I believe is a sense of fun and enjoyment make me think that this a team working for each other. The old heads Boyd, Gillett and Glenn are essential for continuing success I believe.
 

Big Pete

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Tim Grant has made the selfless decision and sought a release from Penrith on compassionate grounds as he rehabs his pec.

Grant hasn't called time on his career, but since he's long odds to return and only has a year to run on his deal, he's decided to step down now and allow Penrith to sign somebody else to the senior squad.

I've only heard good things about Grant, this is just another example of the person he is.
 

Kimlo

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Tim Grant has made the selfless decision and sought a release from Penrith on compassionate grounds as he rehabs his pec.

Grant hasn't called time on his career, but since he's long odds to return and only has a year to run on his deal, he's decided to step down now and allow Penrith to sign somebody else to the senior squad.

I've only heard good things about Grant, this is just another example of the person he is.
Good on him I think it's a bit dumb though as noble as it is. He risked his good health playing for the club, he deserves a payout. Imagine getting a serious injury at work and not even getting paid your regular salary. Any idea if he'll get some compensation? Or does he need to give up any money to do the right thing.
 

ningnangnong

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Good on him I think it's a bit dumb though as noble as it is. He risked his good health playing for the club, he deserves a payout. Imagine getting a serious injury at work and not even getting paid your regular salary. Any idea if he'll get some compensation? Or does he need to give up any money to do the right thing.
I reckon the club will offer him an administrative type position.
 

Super Freak

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Dallin Watene-Zelezniak granted an immediate release from the Panthers. Expected to sign with Tigers in the coming days.
 

ivanhungryjak

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KNIGHTS IGNORE PONGA
NEWCASTLE Knights have still done nothing about upgrading the contract of superstar fullback Kalyn Ponga.
His manager Wade Rushton has not heard from the club for more than three weeks.
The champion fullback is on $600,000 a season at the Knights — about half of what the highest-paid players in the game are earning.
Many good judges now rate Ponga the No.1 player in the NRL.
The Queensland fullback is not off contract for another two years but his agent feels there is a genuine case for an immediate upgrade and negotiations for a long-term deal.
Knights chief executive Phil Gardner is notoriously difficult in contract negotiations.
Yet Ponga is their biggest star since Andrew Johns and there would be a huge backlash in Newcastle if he were to leave.

Come on Broncs, get in their ears.
 

Kimlo

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If money is important to Ponga, he'll stay at Newcastle. No club can match the Knights there. Simple as that, they have him on the books for a supposed 600k, they could immediately upgrade the last 2 years to 1.1M and he's got an extra million in salary for the next 2 years if he agrees to sign for an extra 3 or whatever. Any other club can only really offer him 1-1.2M after he finishes.

Basically Newcastle can offer him 1M more than any other club for staying with them if they're smart. That's all assuming they have the space in the cap, if they don't, then it's even footing.

I'd love to sign Ponga, he's a star.
 
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Battler

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"Knights chief executive Phil Gardner is notoriously difficult in contract negotiations." Really? Could have fooled me given the amount of blokes they have on overs. If they lose Ponga they'll be back in the bottom 4.

If money is important to Ponga, he'll stay at Newcastle. No club can match the Knights there. Simple as that, they have him on the books for a supposed 600k, they could immediately upgrade the last 2 years to 1.1M and he's got an extra million in salary for the next 2 years if he agrees to sign for an extra 3 or whatever. Any other club can only really offer him 1-1.2M after he finishes.

Basically Newcastle can offer him 1M more than any other club for staying with them if they're smart. That's all assuming they have the space in the cap, if they don't, then it's even footing.

I'd love to sign Ponga, he's a star.
Can you imagine the amount of TPAs he'd attract in Brisbane? He'd probably get more money in Brisbane given his form for QLD than he would for the rorters, and that's no mean feat.
 
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Battler

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DWZ has signed with the Bulldogs
Won't help them, but at least they're not signing any more bog average second rowers like Stimson (LMAO) when they have CHN rotting in reserve grade and Martin on the bench, both of whom are in a different class.
 
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Morkel

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Gagai would only be worthwhile as a winger. The fact that he wants to leave now that a centre spot has been taken says to me he only wants to play centre. So it’s a no from me.
 

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