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Surely this shouldn't be allowed

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Kiwi Eagle, May 20, 2010.

  1. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +2,424 / 31
    Storm continuing to sign players for THIS season. What a joke if allowed to go ahead

    Canterbury product Rulon Nutira is on the brink of signing a premier level contract with the Melbourne Storm and is tipped to make his NRL debut this year.

    The Storm's recruitment manager Darren Bell confirmed a two-year deal had been offered to Nutira, a former Hornby Panther, who has been playing in the New South Wales Cup reserve grade this season.

    Nutira's manager, former Kiwis coach Frank Endacott, said yesterday he had "the contract in front of me". "We are still to-ing and fro-ing at this stage ... we're probably a week away [from signing]."

    Melbourne cannot sign any new players while the club is being audited for well-documented breaches of the National Rugby League salary cap.

    But Endacott expected Nutira would sign once the audit process had been completed.

    He said the 20-year-old frontrower, who played three seasons at the Parramatta Eels including a year at Toyota Cup level, had been "next cab off the rank for first grade selection" until a recent hamstring injury.

    Endacott expects Nutira, who played at centre for Hornby in a Canterbury premiership grand final, to have "a very good chance" of making his NRL debut "around State of Origin time".

    "I think it's not if, but when [he plays first grade]."

    Nutira had been "going great guns" in the NSW Cup until he was sidelined for two weeks with a hamstring problem. He made a tentative return for the Toyota Cup under-20 team against the Warriors earlier this month and had been steadily building form since.

    Meanwhile, Storm general manager (football operations) Frank Ponissi confirmed the salary breach row – which saw the Storm stripped of two NRL titles and ordered to play without points this season – would not stop the club from continuing to develop future players of the ilk of Australian and Queensland superstars Billy Slater and Greg Inglis.

    "This club has lost a large amount of players, but there's not much we can do about it. We know we can't keep everyone. We just try to keep as many as we can," Ponissi said.

    The salary cap debacle meant younger players knew they needed to "show a little more style and grit" to step up to premier level. "We don't believe in giving away spots for the premier level ..."

    Nutira's development has confirmed Melbourne's view of New Zealand as a fertile rugby league nursery.

    Former Canterbury under-15s representative and Kaiapoi Bulldog junior Matt Duffie had moved to Auckland and was playing rugby when he was spotted by Bell.

    "He had a lot of raw talent, we knew he could run and leap.

    "As an athlete he ticked every box," Bell said.

    Duffie, 19, has already scored five tries in his budding career – two on debut against the Warriors. However, he had to prove his worth before putting on his premier jersey.

    "We knew early last year he was a kid we were bringing into the top spot," Bell said.

    "He worked so hard to get there and he did get there. He had six good games in the Toyota Cup. He has deserved his opportunities."

    West Coaster Slade Griffin, who is contracted for another year, has also been making his mark at centre in the Storm's Toyota Cup squad.

    Christchurch is a favourite recruiting region for Bell, who earlier this year signed three young Canterbury players, including another Kaiapoi-based junior, Northern Bulldogs back Michael Butson.

    "The thing I like about Christchurch kids is that they are humble and respectful. They get on with it and work hard."
  2. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

    +784 / 15
    They have to be under the cap 'next year'. Im pretty sure this would have to be part of their process of reducing their cap.

    You let players go and you sign others to lower amounts. It would be impossible to fix any of their problems if you didn't allow them to sign players this season.
  3. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    +5,437 / 74
    you would be crazy to sign with them until you know they are under the cap
  4. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    +2,287 / 60
    Impossible?  If you obsessively collect stuff you don't collect more stuff and call that fixing the problem.

    They don't need to sign one single new player for this season to get under the cap.  The NRL should clearly refuse to accept any player registrations for this season whilst they are known to be over the salary cap.

    Also, to allow them to sign players this year whilst over the cap this year without further penalty obviously allows them to front-end contracts and play similar games with the rules.
  5. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

    +784 / 15
    Impossible to fix their problems and remain an NRL standard team in terms of playing roster and depth.

    Hate having to spell out the obvious.

    The storm are well known to have backended a LOT of their players contracts. They need to make a big cut in their roster or rely on the good will of the players. Its not rocket surgery to realise you lose x player you need to replace x player with someone worth less.

    They dont have more players than any other team, just more quality.
  6. Corso_Pete

    Corso_Pete Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +35 / 0
    I have no problem with the Storm signing players for 2011, but any player for 2010!. Surely this is a misprint.
  7. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    +2,287 / 60
    So what's the point in spelling out the obvious Flip?  Mother already know how to suck those eggs.

    Yeah, Melbourne's backended contracts. That's their problem, not anyone else's.  And that's their doing, not anyone else's.

    They are clearly free to sign players for this year after they are under the salary cap.  Simple.  Just like the 15 other clubs.
  8. Rambo1987

    Rambo1987 Well-Known Member

    +206 / 2
    Heard on the FootyShow last nite that they wont be culling big names and if they all want to take a 15% pay cut and take it to court they will win.

    Apart from Tollman to the Bulldog and Lima rumored to the Tigers they will not drop many more players and keep the squad they have now.

    The winners out of this will be the Lawyers, 

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