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ARLC finally approves SBW contract with the Roosters

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by mozgrame, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    The wait is finally over for Sonny Bill Williams, with the ARLC informing the Sydney Roosters that the code-hopping superstar's 2013 playing contract has been registered.

    After signing a one-year deal with the Roosters on November 13, it's been a drawn out process for salary cap auditor Ian Schubert to approve the deal.

    The dual-international is pursuing a boxing career on the side and has a fight against South African Francois Botha scheduled in February.

    Williams represented the All Blacks this year before enjoying a stint in Japanese rugby, and there's every chance he will switch back to the 15-a-side code after his commitments with the Roosters are finished in 2013.

    At his welcoming press conference with the Roosters back in November, Williams seemed nonplussed about returning to league, making it clear he was only doing so to honour a handshake promise to the club's chairman Nick Politis.

    There were some concerns Williams would walk out on his Roosters deal if the NRL didn't register the contract quickly.

    Interim chief executive Shane Mattiske said signing off on the deal was a complex procedure.

    "By the nature of Sonny Bill's other sporting commitments there have clearly been some unusual circumstances around the contract including his direct negotiation of the contract through a legal representative," said Mattiske.

    "It has been the salary cap auditor's absolute responsibility to review all aspects of the payments in the contract and the negotiations leading up to the contract.

    "Ian Schubert has done exactly what he is required to do throughout this process and his task has been made more challenging by deficiencies in the Roosters' documentation of the negotiations, which did not fully comply with the NRL's player contract and remuneration rules."

    Mattiske said the Roosters can expect a fine in the new year for failing to put all their cards on the table.

    The Roosters failed to follow regulations in recording and supplying information to the ARLC, Mattiske said.

    Schubert had to seek advice from a solicitor in rubber stamping the deal and Mattiske said the ARLC would also keep a close eye on Williams commercial agreements.

    "There are a number of assurances on the part of the club and in relation to Sonny Bill's commercial agreements that are being relied upon in this process and that will be monitored," he said.

    "Given the unusual features of this contract it was necessary for Ian to engage a solicitor to assist with the investigation which included interviews of a number of persons and a consideration of various documents.

    "Ultimately, a report of the investigation was furnished to the Commission along with advice from Senior Counsel.

    "The Commission has also determined that the club should face a sanction ... the amount of this breach will be assessed following a recommendation in the new-year."


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  2. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    How can they approve a deal that is deemed dodgy enough to deserve a fine?
    Everything about Money-Bill is a circus, and Easts you are the clowns!
     
  3. globaleagle

    globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    ...."Ian Schubert has done exactly what he is required to do throughout this process and his task has been made more challenging by deficiencies in the Roosters' documentation of the negotiations, which did not fully comply with the NRL's player contract and remuneration rules."........


    Surprising or maybe not as its the rorters. It should simply be up to the club to comply. No compliance then send them back until they do.

    No player is bigger than the game, supposedly. We survived without sbw this far.

    "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark roosters."

    - as usual
     
  4. Frogz

    Frogz Don't mess with the goat, he has photos. Premium Member

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    Exactly what I was thinking....what a joke
     
  5. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    "There were some concerns Williams would walk out on his Roosters deal if the NRL didn't register the contract quickly."....A contract did'nt stop him walking last time...
     
  6. Bearfax

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    Sydney City aka Eastern Suburbs aka Roosters have been a thorn in Rugby leagues side for decades thanks to their influence over the comp through Packer and his rich friends. They had a go at Manly's influence in the league because of Arthurson. Nothing compared with the Packer supported SC. And they still have powerful influence from several behind the scenes wealthy parties. Manly has had trouble with them ever since they blocked Wally O'Connell from coming to Manly for a year in 1949.

    As for SBW, I think he's a very talented player. But I dont think I'd be putting all my eggs in the one basket like SC seem to be doing. But then they buy their teams more than any other team in the comp. Manly are minions in comparison.
     
  7. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    Could be worse could want a current team to drop out.
     

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