NEWS The secret clause Darius Boyd must trigger to extend his Broncos contract

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The secret clause Darius Boyd must trigger to extend his Broncos contract
Peter Badel, The Courier-Mail
August 20, 2019 8:28pm

Right now, nothing is certain in the world of Darius Boyd.

Even the structure of his current contract with the Broncos is rather unusual.

Amid the frenzy over Boyd’s form, whether he is a five-eighth, fullback or centre and whether he should retire immediately, a simple clause in his standard NRL player contract spells out the challenge confronting the Broncos skipper.

When Boyd fronted a press conference at Broncos Leagues Club in October, 2017, the club announced a lucrative four-year extension. Done deal. The skipper was locked in until the end of 2021.

But the captain’s contractual arrangement is a tad more complex than that.

The first two seasons of Boyd’s upgrade, 2018 and 2019, were guaranteed, but from next season, there is a small caveat that could shape how long Darius reigns at Red Hill.

Mindful he had just turned 30 when they re-signed their skipper, the Broncos wanted a contractual safety net for Boyd’s twilight years, a reasonable expectation given how rapid a player’s decline can be in their 30s.

Despite searing criticism of Boyd’s form this season, the 32-year-old intends to play on next season.

Now there will be a definitive benchmark.

Under the terms of his contract for 2020, Boyd must play more than 15 games next season to make him eligible for a possible career swan song at age 34 in 2021.

Should he fail to reach that figure, Boyd technically has no contract at the Broncos for 2021 and, effectively, no future at Red Hill.

Amid much confusion, there is now a black-and-white Key Performance Indicator for Boyd to hit next year.

In the event Boyd gets injured, or otherwise fails to meet the 15-game standard, the Broncos, by rights, could feasibly play contractual hardball and jettison the skipper, freeing up around $700,000 under the salary cap in the process.

But such is Brisbane hierarchy’s respect for Boyd’s service, and the captain’s personal pride, any eventual parting of ways will be managed carefully so as not to incite rancour or bad blood.

Boyd is nobody’s fool. If the love dies, he won’t play on for money. When he celebrated his 300th NRL game in May, he told this column he won’t hang around for the sake of it. With nothing left to prove, the two-time premiership-winner is happy to operate as a year-to-year proposition.

The Broncos are prepared to work with Boyd to manage his looming exit. Whether he walks away next year or the year after, Boyd will remain at the Broncos in an off-field role, working for the club in the mental-health space.

Boyd won’t trumpet it, but for more than 12 months he has been helping troubled youth, some depressed, some gripped by suicidal thoughts. He is inundated with letters at the Broncos from strangers praising him for the courage to beat his own demons as they ask for help to confront theirs.

The off-field work has given Boyd perspective about his on-field struggles this year, and why a career shift from fullback to five-eighth at age 32 is not so significant. Or why copping abuse for making one run in a match cannot break him.

“I’m enjoying it,” he says of his stint in the Broncos No.6 jumper made famous by Wally Lewis and Darren Lockyer.

“We’ve been winning and that’s the main thing to be successful. I’m a team player.

“Something was said about me not having enough runs the other week but at the end of the day, if we’re winning, that’s all that matters. I’m not going to have three or four hit-ups just to get the stats on the board.

“As long as we’re winning and playing well, and ‘Seibs’ (coach Anthony Seibold) is happy with what we’re doing and we’re moving forward, that’s the main thing.

“We need to keep getting better … and I need to keep getting better.”

Source: Courier Mail
 

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I think in a lot of ways Boyd is a good person. He has actually shown some good character this season. Hasn't thrown a tantrum when moved and obviously really doesn't care what people think about him.

I want the bloke to succeed deep down. If his form doesn't improve i hope he doed hang them up but i am glad he does have that MH role to look forward too.
 

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If that is the case, then the road is clear. Seibold sits Boyd down in the off season and says they plan to only play him as injury coverage next year, which means he likely won't reach his 15 game threshold for next year, which forces Boyd out a year early and allows us to use his money for important retention. The club must do this.
 
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Wonder why the people who made the contract just stopped at "play more than 15 games in the season?" They should've had something like - "play more than 15 games in the season with/close man of the match performance". What would we get if he just plays more than 15 games in 2020? More misery & elevated blood pressure levels???

Who in the right mind would sign Boyd@ 30 years old for 4 years @$700-$800k/season and injured Gillett@ 29 years old for 4 years @$750k a season? Whoever's making or proposing these contracts should put more thoughts into what actually should go into them. Quality and value in contract content must be looked at carefully.
 

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Wonder why the people who made the contract just stopped at "play more than 15 games in the season?" They should've had something like - "play more than 15 games in the season with/close man of the match performance". What would we get if he just plays more than 15 games in 2020? More misery & elevated blood pressure levels???
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Because in contracts, the conditions need to be measurable ... Not subjective.
 

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If that is the case, then the road is clear. Seibold sits Boyd down in the off season and says they plan to only play him as injury coverage next year, which means he likely won't reach his 15 game threshold for next year, which forces Boyd out a year early and allows us to use his money for important retention. The club must do this.
Depends whether or not the talk of the board restricting seibolds control is true though.
 

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Because in contracts, the conditions need to be measurable ... Not subjective.
Well, how do you measure Boyd's performance? Simply turning up for 15 games next year? I am talking about performance based bonus/benefits that regular people like you and I fall under. Don't they apply to NRL players? Can't they put into player's contracts? I reckon they can.
 

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Well, how do you measure Boyd's performance? Simply turning up for 15 games next year? I am talking about performance based bonus/benefits that regular people like you and I fall under. Don't they apply to NRL players? Can't they put into player's contracts? I reckon they can.
KPI's can't be and aren't subjective.

People have KPI's in their contracts based on clear and measurable targets that are not subject to opinion or undefined qualitites.

That's why KPI's are things like 'Make $xxx in sales' or 'budget reductions of $xxx' not 'Make $xxx in sales and be the client's favourite person'.
 

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Wonder why the people who made the contract just stopped at "play more than 15 games in the season?" They should've had something like - "play more than 15 games in the season with/close man of the match performance". What would we get if he just plays more than 15 games in 2020? More misery & elevated blood pressure levels???

Who in the right mind would sign Boyd@ 30 years old for 4 years @$700-$800k/season and injured Gillett@ 29 years old for 4 years @$750k a season? Whoever's making or proposing these contracts should put more thoughts into what actually should go into them. Quality and value in contract content must be looked at carefully.
He's at Souths now.
 
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Wonder why the people who made the contract just stopped at "play more than 15 games in the season?" They should've had something like - "play more than 15 games in the season with/close man of the match performance". What would we get if he just plays more than 15 games in 2020? More misery & elevated blood pressure levels???

Who in the right mind would sign Boyd@ 30 years old for 4 years @$700-$800k/season and injured Gillett@ 29 years old for 4 years @$750k a season? Whoever's making or proposing these contracts should put more thoughts into what actually should go into them. Quality and value in contract content must be looked at carefully.
Because when they were signed they were both rep players. Who's to say both don't go before their contracts are up , and no one knows the full details to these deals. Gillo's could be the same, which if he has a year like he's had wouldn't be close to 15 games.
 

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Bottom line is, irrespective of Boyd & Gillet being rep players, offering 4 year big money contract extensions when they were nearing 30 years doesn’t bode with me. Perhaps, I am not the one who made those decisions hence I don’t understand the thought process. However, if I were one, I wouldn’t offer those long contracts. I would offer a 2 year extensions only & completely rule out player option garbage.

As a Bronco loyal, I don’t want/like Boyd playing on for 2 more years.
 

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Bottom line is, irrespective of Boyd & Gillet being rep players, offering 4 year big money contract extensions when they were nearing 30 years doesn’t bode with me. Perhaps, I am not the one who made those decisions hence I don’t understand the thought process. However, if I were one, I wouldn’t offer those long contracts. I would offer a 2 year extensions only & completely rule out player option garbage.

As a Bronco loyal, I don’t want/like Boyd playing on for 2 more years.
Well I'd say it's more 3 with 1 yr that could go either way . Most contracts these days have player options it's how it is. Gillette's could well have one that favors the club, especially with his injury.
 

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Unless it's Darius Boyd retires\dropped\fired in scandal then I don't want to know about. I'm over all the media he has gotten for the last week or so. Just pull the trigger already.
 
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If the clause just so happens to exist, id like to know if the 15 games pertains to just first grade or whether he has to play 15 games in total including qcup
 

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Depends whether or not the talk of the board restricting seibolds control is true though.
I think it's a total crock. Boyd has repeatedly stated that Seibs is happy with him and he most certainly would not make that claim if the board was 'directing' Seibold to select him.
 

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Bottom line is, irrespective of Boyd & Gillet being rep players, offering 4 year big money contract extensions when they were nearing 30 years doesn’t bode with me. Perhaps, I am not the one who made those decisions hence I don’t understand the thought process. However, if I were one, I wouldn’t offer those long contracts. I would offer a 2 year extensions only & completely rule out player option garbage.

As a Bronco loyal, I don’t want/like Boyd playing on for 2 more years.
Mmm, might look for a different word there ol mate. Bode doesn't mean what you think methinks!
 

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I'd say there's something going on behind the scenes but the Broncos don't want anyone to know. That's why there's so many fluff articles backing him , and him being positive.
 

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