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soup

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Like I said, he didn't jump through the same hoops as Burgess, but he was effectively told he wasn't going to be selected until his shoulder was right and Souths moved him into another role when those type of incentives were being discouraged (ask Pascoe at Wests all about it).

So yeah not the same as Burgess, but still a "retirement".
It’s incredible how such a black and white sport (historically, mind the pun), has become so grey.
 

Kimlo

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Like I said, he didn't jump through the same hoops as Burgess, but he was effectively told he wasn't going to be selected until his shoulder was right and Souths moved him into another role when those type of incentives were being discouraged (ask Pascoe at Wests all about it).

So yeah not the same as Burgess, but still a "retirement".
Look for what it's worth, I agree, I don't believe anyone walks away from effectively 1.5M, whether Bennett played him or not, he was still getting paid that money. He said don't worry about the cash, then apparently got an off field role worth 600k, which the NRL (I think...) said has to be included in the cap.

I think the main difference between the Souths / Tigers is they asked the NRL first rather than agreeing behind closed doors Farah would get a definite job if he hint-hint/wink-wink took a lower salary. The Tigers did what every other club does anyway except they had it in writing, which was dumb.

I don't like the NRL anymore than most but if he did retire by the books, there's nothing wrong with him going back and playing again. Now if Gillett or Burgess sign somewhere, we've got a real drama to cover.
 

Big Pete

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Look for what it's worth, I agree, I don't believe anyone walks away from effectively 1.5M, whether Bennett played him or not, he was still getting paid that money. He said don't worry about the cash, then apparently got an off field role worth 600k, which the NRL (I think...) said has to be included in the cap.

I think the main difference between the Souths / Tigers is they asked the NRL first rather than agreeing behind closed doors Farah would get a definite job if he hint-hint/wink-wink took a lower salary. The Tigers did what every other club does anyway except they had it in writing, which was dumb.

I don't like the NRL anymore than most but if he did retire by the books, there's nothing wrong with him going back and playing again. Now if Gillett or Burgess sign somewhere, we've got a real drama to cover.
We don't know the exact terms behind his retirement, other than the jobs were in place before the NRL had signed off on them (reported April 19, 2019 - salary cap exemption granted in May 16 2019). We also know that Inglis couldn't play without painkilling injections and Bennett wasn't going to allow that to happen so the club was stuck in an impasse.

I don't think clubs should be able to pressure and bribe their players into early retirements all for the sake of some cap relief, especially when there's other alternatives on the table.

This is why nobody takes the salary cap seriously because the clubs are given far too much leeway.
 

Alec

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Even if a player is medically retired, couldn't they just come back saying "I know it's more dangerous, but I'm willing to risk it"? It's not like they are banned, it's just a specialist's recommendation?
 

Big Pete

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Player's do that all the time, the difference is the club is still forced to count their salary on the cap. The medical retirement allows them to get paid in full without affecting the club's recruitment.
 

Foordy

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Even if a player is medically retired, couldn't they just come back saying "I know it's more dangerous, but I'm willing to risk it"? It's not like they are banned, it's just a specialist's recommendation?
there is probably nothing stopping a player from doing that (unless once medically retired they need to sign some form of contract to get their salary paid out in full, agreeing not to play professional sport again)

the problem would be for the club that had that players salary exempt from the salary cap based on a medical retirement.
 

1910

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Even if a player is medically retired, couldn't they just come back saying "I know it's more dangerous, but I'm willing to risk it"? It's not like they are banned, it's just a specialist's recommendation?
Rule 86.

1. The Player, at the time of termination, was diagnosed as medically unfit to currently continue to train and play elite level contact sport and was medically unable to ever return to play elite level contact sport due to the current level of disability or the significant risk of further disabling injury as a result of playing elite level contract sport.

2. The Player, had no similar injury or medical condition to that area of the body that either has or could reasonably be predicted medically to lead to a degenerative condition of that area of the body prior to signing his last NRL contract or if the players contract was signed more than 24 months previous within the last 24 months unless an unrelated single event has resulted in rapid deterioration of this condition.

3. A single event that caused the injury could be identified.

 

mitch222

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So we have the eels cowboys titans eels roosters and Souths as our double ups this year
Thank **** we avoided Melbourne twice
 
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The Strapper

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So we have the eels cowboys titans eels roosters and Souths as our double ups this year
Thank **** we avoided Melbourne twice
Yes but I am pretty sure we will have to meet (and beat) them at some stage in the finals if we are to challenge for the premiership this year.
Considering we haven’t beaten them in a finals game since 2006 it’s a massive roadblock.
 

tommy

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I see Politis is still having a sook. This time about the Roosters twice selected opponents, and still about having the first 2 games' points count. Cry me a river Nick.
 

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Is he? So far disciplinary decisions seems no change to the past stupidity. I suspect he’s getting positivity because there are no games currently to see the many cracks appear. No proof in any pudding so to speak.
 

broncos4life

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Is he? So far disciplinary decisions seems no change to the past stupidity. I suspect he’s getting positivity because there are no games currently to see the many cracks appear. No proof in any pudding so to speak.
Aren’t disciplinary issues the CEO Andrew Abdo’s role?

Even a quick glance at what he has done so far.

- Got the game back against crazy odds. AFL will kick off two weeks later riding on the back of his coat tails.

- Got rid of Greenberg who was a corrupt, useless ****.

- Taking steps towards getting rid of the wrestle for good, something that has ruined this game and something that every fan should be cheering.

He can only be judged on what he has done and so far he has done exceptionally well.
 

Sproj

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Aren’t disciplinary issues the CEO Andrew Abdo’s role?

Even a quick glance at what he has done so far.

- Got the game back against crazy odds. AFL will kick off two weeks later riding on the back of his coat tails.

- Got rid of Greenberg who was a corrupt, useless ****.

- Taking steps towards getting rid of the wrestle for good, something that has ruined this game and something that every fan should be cheering.

He can only be judged on what he has done and so far he has done exceptionally well.
Again, it all looks good on the surface. There is no pudding, so I will reserve judgement. And you could be right but I have seen a long line of incompetent leaders in the NRL, some of them just take longer to see than others.
 

soup

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Again, it all looks good on the surface. There is no pudding, so I will reserve judgement. And you could be right but I have seen a long line of incompetent leaders in the NRL, some of them just take longer to see than others.
I don’t think he deserves much, if any criticism at all as yet. Fair enough hedge your bets, but credit where it’s due. The pudding is four sleeps away ;)
 
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LittleDavey83

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The bureaucracy of any large organisation is like a big ship, it takes some time to change direction. I believe the NRL fits this description, even moreso with the vested interests embedded throughout the game at every level. Vlandys IMO is making the right noises in public, but also seems to be making some desperately-needed changes behind the scenes as well. Truth be told, this is the best opportunity since Super League to purge the rot and take the game to the next level, and so far I think he's on the right track. Still a long way to go of course, but I've been impressed so far.
 

soup

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I like the talk of interchange reductions next season. This will solve a lot of the smaller problems in the game. The direction is correct, but can they keep the steam up to pushing this ship along, I dunno.
 
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