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Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by CBreeagles, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. CBreeagles

    CBreeagles Active Member

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    NRL investigating Parramatta Eels over Anthony Whatmough third-party deal

    By ADRIAN PROSZENKO

    The NRL is investigating whether Parramatta properly disclosed a third-party agreement for star forward Anthony Watmough in a development that could result in the club starting the season four points in arrears if the governing body rules it is a salary cap breach.

    Fairfax Media can reveal Rugby League Central is examining the relationships between Parramatta, Watmough and two companies of which Stephen Moss - the son of Eels fan and former Macquarie Bank executive Bill Moss - is the sole director.

    Upon shifting from arch rivals Manly, Watmough entered into a third-party agreement with ScoreCube, described as "the ultimate live sports scores and statistics App". While the Eels declared that TPA to the NRL, it's believed they did not disclose that ScoreCube is a wholly owned subsidiary of BlackCitrus, an IT firm that has, and continues to, provide a range of services to the club. The Parramatta Leagues Club engaged BlackCitrus as one of the parties to investigate allegations of membership tampering and the Eels continue to use the firm for a range of services, including producing an app for its junior leagues.

    Salary cap rules forbid any company involved in a commercial relationship with an NRL club to also serve as a TPA sponsor. The onus is on the club to declare any potential conflicts of interest to the NRL.

    A spokesman for the NRL said a salary cap review is currently being undertaken with the Eels.

    "We will not be commenting on the review until it is finalised," the spokesman said.

    The Parramatta Eels declined to comment.

    "All agreements between BlackCitrus and past or present NRL players have been met with approval from all necessary stakeholders," said Stephen Moss.

    Watmough was trumpeted as one of the club's biggest signings when he joined Parramatta, although a wretched run with injuries limited his effectiveness in his first season in blue and gold. There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by Watmough, his management firm or BlackCitrus.

    Should the NRL rule there is a conflict of interest, it could result in another breach of the salary cap. There could also be implications for any officials who knew, or should have known, about the potential conflicts of interest that weren't immediately reported to head office.

    Parramatta is on notice after becoming the first club to overspend on all four salary caps in 2014. In that year alone, the top-tier NRL cap was breached on 17 occasions, while exemptions for players were often requested after they had already taken the field.

    The Eels have already paid a hefty price, copping a $465,000 fine and warned they would lose four competition points if there were any other instances of non-compliance.

    The club is still in the process of working through the 119 recommendations handed down during a governance review conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, part of the process of satisfying head office that proper systems and processes are now in place. Rugby League Central is demanding the club implement 52 of the reforms by February 29, but officials are pushing back on some of them. The most contentious revolves around the constitutional reform required to scrap the two-year election cycle for a triennial model, a move recommended to stymie the instability caused by the bitter battles for control of the boardroom.

    Bill Moss had hoped to bring the big end of town to Parramatta through his brainchild 'The Premiership Club', aimed at boosting networking opportunities for the Eels. However, club officials chose to proceed with the initiative without him.

    It has been three seasons since Parramatta last won a premiership but there were high hopes for 2016 after an aggressive recruitment campaign. Joining Watmough at the club is former Sea Eagles teammate Kieran Foran, who will wear the No.7 jersey made famous by the great Peter Sterling. Other signings include NSW Origin forward Beau Scott, former Blue Michael Gordon and, most recently, Roosters superstar Michael Jennings. However, the chances of reaching the finals for the first time since 2009 will be severely dented if the NRL were to start the Eels two wins behind the rest of their rivals.
     
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  2. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Minus 4, let it happen. And what a great way to get rid of Eel trolls!
     
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  3. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I mean their rorting is rife and seriously its about time they just threw any book at them.
    Hoppa will win in court, they will loose 800k of their cap for the next 3 years and they will now have to shed some more players. What a basket case
     
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  4. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Three seasons since they won a premiership?
    I know im a bit out of it but What the F?
    Should read 33.
     
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  5. Rodo

    Rodo Goldmember 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    "It has been three seasons since Parramatta last won a premiership"

    More like 3 decades and probably 3 more until they win again.
     
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  6. Rodo

    Rodo Goldmember 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    It will be interesting to see if the NRL hierarchy are all talk or whether they have the strength to get tough with the Eels.
     
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  7. maxta

    maxta Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I wonder how Habib will feel if they lose every game & not only get another wooden spoon...become the first team in history to finish on -4 points.
     
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  8. wedgetail eagle

    wedgetail eagle Well-Known Member

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    How about the Book of Mormon?
    Being Parramatta, maybe a kids colouring-in book. ;)
     
  9. eagle66

    eagle66 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    They'll finish on zero after they get the two byes
     
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  10. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Parramatta , the premiership club :rofl:...... what an outstanding oxymoron.
     
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  11. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I think the byes have a shot at beating them
     
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  12. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I found this quite interesting...

    "All agreements between BlackCitrus and past or present NRL players have been met with approval from all necessary stakeholders," said Stephen Moss.

    How many other agreements are there?
     
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  13. Lord Eagleton

    Lord Eagleton Well-Known Member

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    I read this article and yes, the LOL is warranted. Stand behind the kicker..
     
  14. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    Wonder if this was the Macquarie bank bloke that Barrett was meeting at the wharf bar last year?
     
  15. Lord Eagleton

    Lord Eagleton Well-Known Member

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    Wouldnt surprise me if the NRL do nothing. Lets be honest, the NRL are useless themselves. Them taking action may depend on what direction the wind is blowing...but punishing them is at odds with the Eels being the NRL's next ''fairytale / we will help you win a premiership'' team (if they are in fact the next fairytale team)
     
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  16. niccipops

    niccipops un echidna spillo mia bevanda Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I just :h: lol @ parra threads.
    Thank you eels.:giggle:
     
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  17. Loobs

    Loobs I am not really Scott Penn Premium Member

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    Money well spent.
     
  18. Disco

    Disco Well-Known Member

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    Surely that is the last straw

    -4 it is
     
  19. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Is it any surpirse as Arthur is desperate to win at all costs this year as he has no excuses.

    He was also assistant coach at the storm during their salary cap cheating years so he has obviously learnt his trade well.

    Watmough has been a terrific signing for them.
     
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  20. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I can't believe the NRL are querying this. Choc's excellent computer programming skills are well known. Clearly he developed the app.
     
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