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Article by Paul Kent on Jamie Lyon

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by castle eagle, Apr 30, 2016.

  1. castle eagle

    castle eagle Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +635 / 5
    Jamie Lyon should only be remembered as one of the best centres of the NRL era

    JAMIE Lyon goes with an unfair and baseless stain on his career. A second emerged this week.

    Lyon will always remain the reluctant star, the Wee Waa boy with a talent so undeniable he had no choice but to leave the bush and make it in Sydney, even if he was forever uncomfortable.

    As a young man it occasionally got the better of him, no more than when he had enough of Brian Smith’s high-intensity training techniques and simply packed up and moved back to Wee Waa.

    There he pulled beers at the bowling club and played for the Wee Waa Panthers.

    Then St Helens convinced him to go to England. The Saints chased hard and when they finally made Lyon see that the attention in northern England would be far reduced from what chased him out of Sydney he agreed to go, but only if he could take a friend with him.

    “You got the paperwork?” Cleal asked several times on the trip over. “Yep,” Lyon said.

    Cleal looked nervously at the sheet of paper Lyon seemed to be clutching.

    When they got to Manchester, Lyon informed the Customs men he was moving to England and when they asked for documentation he pulled out his sheet of paper and smoothed it on the counter.

    Both were detained soon after and put in a holding cell. A panicked Lyon rang St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus.

    Soon, Lyon was out but Cleal was put in handcuffs and put on a plane. When he transited in Dubai he was removed from the plane in handcuffs until he was put on a plane to Sydney. Lyon never cared much for the finer details.

    England convinced Lyon to return to the NRL. He was so good he was picked for Australia before returning to the NRL, playing in the Tri-Nations.

    Rep football was not for him, though, and in 2010 Lyon had had enough. He told selectors he no longer wanted to play rep football. His refusal to play for the Blues is commonly used in the annual sparring between the states.

    Lyon is one of the best centres of the last decade.
    Such is the attitude of Queensland players, goes the brief, they would never give up a maroon jersey the way Jamie Lyon did for NSW.

    It is tremendously unfair. One man’s ambitions should not be another’s. Lyon never felt comfortable in the rep environment. He made the same sacrifice for an Australian jersey that he did for NSW. How it gets turned into a case of lessening the value of the NSW jersey is nothing but Queensland lunacy. Lyon cares so little he has never responded. Hopefully, he never does.

    Now this week there is the claim that Manly’s 2011 premiership team was secretly spiked with performance-enhancers. Lyon was captain.

    It is claimed someone laced their drinks without their knowledge with a drug called inositol. It boosts oxygen in the blood and so is illegal in sport.

    Manly should not laugh off the accusation. The NRL should insist they don’t.

    The difficulty will be finding corroborating evidence to persist with a case, which in itself raises its own questions.

    Former Manly coach Geoff Toovey was an assistant in 2011 and told NRL360 on Thursday that there is no substance to the claims

    Every time an athlete tests positive nowadays, one of the immediate responses is to claim their drink was spiked.

    Here is a drink-spiker claiming he did it, forever staining the Manly premiership unless a proper investigation is carried out, even though no positive was recorded.

    Lyon won’t have the premiership taken from him and it shouldn’t be. He deserves to keep it, unstained.

    He will retire this season as one of the best there was.

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  2. TerryRandall

    TerryRandall Well-Known Member

    +1,799 / 30
    Forever staining the manly premiership? Really? Where does this nobody get the idea that he is in any way qualified to have an opinion on anything. God I hate journalists and the media in general a little more every day. Absolute waste of space, the lot of them.
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  3. madmax

    madmax Active Member

    +467 / 52
    If Kent bothered to investigate Inositol himself he would find that it is not a banned or illegal substance. Both ASADA & WADA do not include Inositol or any derivative of it on their banned substance lists!
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  4. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +4,337 / 125
    Of course it's stained forever now, even Kent said the accuser is a moron. Still when you throw **** a certain amount sticks.

    It's not the only one that's stained forever. The most famous are

    1. Ask Wests if the Dragons won 11 straight or was 63 rigged.

    2. Research what happened when Souths won in 1909.

    Not saying 2011 is like those above but there are plenty.
  5. conanu

    conanu Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +1,812 / 31
    1997 anyone??
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  6. winnyason

    winnyason Well-Known Member

    +504 / 32
    Hasler stained it for us fans already who enjoyed it past the Wednesday ?
  7. nightster

    nightster grumpy old bastard

    grew up Manly now Byron
    +1,229 / 35
    Kent is a small man with a big ego
  8. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +4,337 / 125
    I was gonna mention it but.....,.

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