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News: ARL knocks back Jamie Lyon's bid for exemption from representative football

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by CliffyIsGod, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. CliffyIsGod

    CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

    +17 / 0
    <em>April 08, 2009</em> <div id="storybody" /><p><strong>Manly centre Jamie Lyon has reportedly failed in his bid to be made exempt from selection in this year's representative rugby league teams.</strong></p><p>A report in this week's Rugby League Week claims Lyon will be stood down from playing for Manly if he refuses to play in any representative teams he is selected in.

    Lyon informally stood down from selection in 2008 when he told NSW coach Craig Bellamy he was not interested in turning out for the Blues.

    The former Test star is currently sidelined with a knee injury but has been named by coach Des Hasler to play in Sunday's home game against Wests Tigers. </p>

    <a href="http://www.silvertails.net/news/Sea-Eagles/arl-knocks-back-jamie-lyons-bid-for-exemption-from-representative-football.html">Read the full article</a>
  2. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +1,171 / 15
    What's the bet they pick him whether he's playing great football or not. They'll make him 18th man and if he knocks back playing rep footy then they'll make him ineligible for Manly. Either way he and Manly will get screwed.
  3. gomanly

    gomanly Member

    +0 / 0
    Why would they make this public, if he does not wnat to play then he shouldn't have to. it is only bad for the game that this makes it to print.
  4. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +971 / 7
    It is a strange decision. On 22/3/09 the NSWRL advised Jamie that he would be granted exemption from all forms of representative football and that he would be informed of the decision by letter. Now this ARL rubbish.
  5. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

    +121 / 0
    Who cares. Be nice for him to have a week off mid season anyway.

    I suggest all of our players who are picked do the same. **** the NRL and the ARL.
  6. KaZa

    KaZa Well-Known Member

    +228 / 12
    why force someone to play if he doesnt want to.. his heart wouldnt be in it.. what coach would pick him anyway.. or pick him and he should go out and drop all the balls thrown at him.

    FFS.. its rugby league not the american army.
  7. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

    +1,721 / 71
    Why would you pciked him anyway (unless to make sure he misses games for Manly) when his heart isnt obviously in it
  8. brookiegreg

    brookiegreg Active Member

    +66 / 0
    What is the NRL's agenda here? Is this from our friend Mr Gallop?

    Is it perhaps a shot across the bows of the Manly team in general, bearing in mind that several might be so angry about the Stewie debacle that they'd decline selection to SOO? Including one Brett Stewart...or am I clutching at straws here?

    Bit like Muhammad Ali being drafted into the US army when he said "no viet cong ever called him n*gger"  ;D
  9. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

    +237 / 2
    Stewart and/or Lyon to be picked for Origin at 18th man. 

    Depends really how many backs are available at the time.  They'd have Cooper, Lawrence and Monaghan to choose from with even Hayne and whoever else to think about.  If they're all playing well and fit then 18th man would (should) be a utility/forward... maybe G Stewart.

    It's an interesting situation - we're bottom of the ladder but have time to get into good form before selections, not to mention the guys who played Rep footy in the World Cup.  We could have all or none...here's hoping for none
  10. missing_something

    missing_something Active Member

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    I think this is a bigger joke than Stewarts 4 weeks, if the guy doesnt want to play he should have to.
  11. Volley

    Volley Well-Known Member

    +560 / 15
    None means we're probably still losing.
  12. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    +2,287 / 60
    Smart coaches know that a highly talented player with his mind at 80% is a huge problem if you want to win games. Bad attitudes spread pretty damned quickly, one small chink in a defensive link is all it takes, and it only takes one player to lose possession.  I wonder what Jamie would tell other players when they inevitably ask him if he wants to be there?  A lie?

    On the other hand, sometimes attitudes can change.  It is not inconceivable that Jamie could enjoy a new challenge.

    Depends how much the selectors/coach want to gamble, doesn't it?

    Mind you, even one game where a less than fully switched-on player gives 80% should be enough to help selectors see certain fundamental flaws in their selection theories. It's not like they weren't warned.
  13. niccipops

    niccipops un echidna spillo mia bevanda Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +5,435 / 49
    We could offer to trade them Shane Nuemann for Jamie Lyon.
  14. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +6,258 / 44
    Imagine if we play Melbourne around Origin time. Be just like Bellamy to pick Lyon with no intention of playing him just so he has to sit out a game for Manly against his beloved Storm. Stupid decision by ARL, if a guy doesn't want to play why try and force him.

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