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“It’s unprecedented times. It’s going to require everyone pulling in the same direction with cool and calm heads,“ said Storm boss Dave Donaghy said.
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Manly chairman Scott Penn’s plea for federal government to provide financial assistance for NRL clubs
Manly chairman Scott Penn has called on the federal government to step in to help NRL clubs facing financial ruin from the affects of the coronavirus or face the possibility of “all clubs going under”.
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Manly chairman and majority shareholder Scott Penn has urged the federal government to bail out financially stricken NRL clubs or face the possibility “all clubs would go under”.
Penn told The Daily Telegraph teams being forced to play in empty stadiums, or having the NRL season cancelled or postponed because of coronavirus, would have dire financial consequences for all clubs.
Penn was adamant the government should help the game for community purposes, declaring: “It’s a passion for so many people. It’s an element of hope every week.”

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Scott Penn knows the pressure clubs are under. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images
Scott Penn knows the pressure clubs are under. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images
The Daily Telegraph revealed on Monday that clubs may only survive for eight to 12 weeks if games were cancelled and sponsorship, gate takings, membership and the $14 million weekly broadcast grant to clubs stopped.
“If we can’t play in front of crowds, then there are lines of revenue in our PNL (profit and loss) that we just cannot deliver,” Penn said. “Yet if we have the same cost base, because we have player salaries meeting the cap, we’ve got staff with jobs … it’s an imbalance that can’t be rectified.
“So the reality is if that continued all clubs would go under unless they had significant reserves they could tap into or funding. It’s crucial that we find funding. The league is definitely going to need assistance to continue if we are unable to generate crowds.
Locking out fans or ending the season would be catastrophic. Photo: Brett Costello
Locking out fans or ending the season would be catastrophic. Photo: Brett Costello
“The reality is all clubs survive on a combination of the monthly (broadcast) grant, gate receipts, membership, merchandise and sponsorship. There are really only five or six key lines of revenue and the fact is, they are all contingent on us playing games and putting brands out in the market.
“If that is unable to occur then that would have a dramatic impact – unlike anything that has ever been seen before. It’s unprecedented. These are dramatic times.


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“That is what everyone is working on right now as we speak. It’s a weekly update. Are we able to play? Are we able to give members and sponsors value for money? We would have to give pro rata refunds to members if they are unable to attend games. That would have a significant impact on every club.”
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The game is dependent on the fans. Photo: Jane Dempster
The game is dependent on the fans. Photo: Jane Dempster
Manly are one of the less wealthy clubs with limited resources and a modest budget.
Penn believes the game must continue being played to soothe a worried and concerned community.
“Having the benefit of being in a market where all professional sports have been currently suspended, it’s actually not good, I don’t think, for the population to not have sport,” Penn said.
“Certainly in Australia where sport is the absolute fabric of our culture. It’s what we talk about at the pub, many people participate in tipping competitions, fantasy league. To not have it would be a disaster.


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“I would implore the government to find some form of an assistance package because it actually has community benefit as long as the players’ health and safety aren’t at risk.
“There are tough times for a multitude of companies but we aren’t just another business – we do provide a level of weekly interest and hope that not many other companies do. It’s a passion for so many people.
“It’s an element of hope every week and it’s fun. I can watch my team – to not have that and focus on the catastrophic headlines isn’t what anyone wants.”
Penn said he was “impressed” with the leadership of ARL Commission chairman, Peter V’landys.
“He and the League are keeping communication high and are getting on the front foot, which we have to,” Penn said. “We are all in the same situation and we have to work together to find a solution.”
Wests Tigers are in a decent position for now. Photo: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images
Wests Tigers are in a decent position for now. Photo: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images
NRL CLUBS’ FINANCES
TIGERS:
Don’t carry any debt but the club would be severely impacted by the season being postponed. Wests Ashfield Leagues Club has a healthy net asset balance of $60 million but it too is feeling the impact of the coronavirus. Any consideration given to using the assets of Wests Ashfield to ensure the survival of the Tigers would be a last resort.
RAIDERS: Owned by the powerful Queanbeyan Leagues Club that runs six licenced clubs with a new $20 million asset in the recently opened high performance facility. But it is important to note that the Raiders are run separately and would be in a world of hurt within two to three months without the broadcast money.
BULLDOGS: Are the controlling entity of the Canterbury Leagues Club with a conservative worth of well over $200 million that also consists of six houses and blocks of land. Like all NRL clubs rely heavily on the broadcasting cash for the day-to-day running of the football club. Still, would be in a pretty solid position if things get ugly in the coming months.
Does Cronulla have a plan B? Photo: AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Does Cronulla have a plan B? Photo: AAP Image/Dean Lewins
SHARKS: According to their annual report, the Sharks have $16 million in the bank as a result of $25 million in property sales from their Woolooware development site. Loans have been reduced from $4 million to $500,000. They also own their own home ground, the leagues club and Kareela golf club. However income will be affected over the next two years while the Leagues club is closed and the team is playing out of Kogarah.
WARRIORS: Owned by Autex Industries, a New Zealand-based manufacturing and product development company specialising in textiles and advanced fibre technology that has a staff of around 500 employees.
The Warriors are in an even more precarious situation than the rest at this point given the travel restrictions in place between Australia and New Zealand. If the Warriors players decide they won’t continue after round two expect this situation to become very tense if the owners were to miss out on their share of the broadcast revenue.
The Knights are confident about their future. Photo: Ashley Feder/Getty Images
The Knights are confident about their future. Photo: Ashley Feder/Getty Images
KNIGHTS: Knights CEO Phil Gardner has declared the club financially “secure”, even if the NRL season is temporarily halted because of coronavirus. “The Knights are in the fortunate position of being one of the most financially stable clubs in the NRL,” Gardner said of his franchise, which is owned by The Wests Group.
DRAGONS: The Dragons are solid financially thanks to being partially privatised by WIN Corporation, whose owner Bruce Gordon boasts a listed net worth of $702 million. WIN owns a 50 per cent stake in the joint-venture club, with the other half owned by St George District Rugby League Club.
EELS: While the Eels boast financial backing from Parramatta Leagues Club, it has been publicly reported that the footy club lost $10 million in 2017 and then $4 million the following year.
SEA EAGLES: Live hand to mouth, according to majority shareholder Scott Penn. There simply isn’t a cash reserve to cover financial hardship. Each year the shareholders, primarily the Penn family, inject around $1 million to balance the books. The club dealt with an outstanding $2m tax bill last year. Have a modest budget and battle through financially every year. Rejected an offer for the club last year said to be worth $18m.
Penrith look to be as strong as any of the clubs. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images
Penrith look to be as strong as any of the clubs. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images
PANTHERS: Panthers Group owns five licenced clubs so have stable financial support. The club lost nearly $6 million in 2018 but did spend $2.5 million on junior league. Last year, Panthers recorded a $2 million profit from membership and ticket sales. Would survive longer than most other Sydney clubs suffering financial hardship.
RABBITOHS: As safe as any club is at present. Have the financial clout of Russell Crower and James Packer behind them. The Rabbitohs have been prudent in recent years resulting in a $4m cash reserve. Most of that money has come through the club’s 29,000 members. Crowe and Packer own 37.5 per cent of the club, the remaining 25 per cent owned by South Sydney Members Rugby League Football Club.
STORM: Backed by the strong ownership group of Gerry Ryan, Bart Campbell and Matthew Tripp, Melbourne was recently independently valued in excess of $30 million after the Storm’s owners agreed to allow prominent Victorian businessman Brett Ralph on board. Storm boss Dave Donaghy has called for a measured approach to the coronavirus situation.
“It’s unprecedented times. It’s going to require everyone pulling in the same direction with cool and calm heads,“ said Storm boss Dave Donaghy said.

We're basically up sh!t creek without toilet paper. The first to go.
 

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I know the club is running on the smell of an oily rag but I still wouldn't trust any news limited article highlighting Manly's troubles.
 

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Surely players would have to take a pay cut on their contracts.

While some would ok and If they don’t and clubs bankrupt the vast majority will be without any income for a long time. A bird in the hand is worth two in the Bush - hopefully greed doesn’t take over
 

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Hasn't anyone figured that the pokie rivers of gold of the leagues club funded clubs are about to run dry?
 

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Yeah and Toddles will be break dancing on his baldy head with this news as well. There will be no way he will want anyone to help us
No , We can not blame Toddles Aka Colonel Klink

WE NEED TO STOP POINTING OUR FINGER AND START BEING ACCOUNTABLE AND DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE

WE ALL KNOW WHAT WE CAN DO TO ASSIST OUR CLUB
BUT DO WE HAVE THE PASSION TO DO IT ?

SHOW SOME PASSION AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY
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Surely players would have to take a pay cut on their contracts.

While some would ok and If they don’t and clubs bankrupt the vast majority will be without any income for a long time. A bird in the hand is worth two in the Bush - hopefully greed doesn’t take over
RL players wanted to "be treated as partners in the NRL" so they will have to share the pain in times like this; not just in the profits in good years. They are no different to every employee; if their employer is doing it tough (as every company will be) then it will mean salary sacrifices or else they won't have any job.
The problem the world is facing will mean tens of millions of people will lose their jobs and it will take years for economies to recover. RL players are no more important than other employees -- probably less so in many cases -- so the tough times for workers are just about to really bite.
 

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Notice that some A F L teams are apparently prepared to accept a pay cut . may be unavoidable in the N R L but taking into account the tax and manager"s component of an average contract , probably not as big a hit as would first seem in terms of an overall financial loss . No doubt that some clubs are better positioned then others to cope with any dramatic reduction in revenue but for the competition to be viable now or into the future , requires all existing clubs to be solvent .Broadcasting and streaming income flow is still [ and will continue to be ] the financial life blood of the game . That is just the nature and trend of public and general society interest and tendencies and can not see that changing now or when this virus drama eventually passes .
 

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What is life without a long term future ?
So I say
Sometimes a short term pay cut pain is required for a long term gain .

I WOULD LIKE TO THINK ALL OF US MANLY FANS WOULD LIKE OUR PLAYERS TO BE LOYAL TO OUR CLUB AND DO THE RIGHT THING ?

TO ALL THE MANLY FANS...
LET US TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT OUR SELVES IN THE MIRROR AND FACE OUR INTEGRITY AND AND SEE WHAT THE RIGHT THING TO DO BY OUR GREAT CLUB IS....

EVERY ONE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

BE ONE OF THOSE GREAT ONES THAT DOES
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Added protection for Fonua-Blake
Manly's international forward Addin Fonua-Blake completed his media commitments on Tuesday wearing a face mask.

He then went out and did some mobility/ballwork skills keeping the mask on at all times, as did a number of other Manly players.

"I thought I'd wear it – just a personal decision. There's a lot going on in the world so I'm taking a precautionary step," Fonua-Blake said.
 

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Manly Sea Eagles: Addin Fonua-Blake wears face mask amid coronavirus outbreak
As the coronavirus pandemic worsens, Manly prop Addin Fonua-Blake has started wearing a protective mask to protect himself and his family.

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Manly Sea Eagles prop Addin Fonua-Blake donned rugby league’s latest fashion accessory – a face mask- out on the field and during a media session at the club’s Narrabeen headquarters yesterday.

“I thought I would wear it for myself, a lot’s going on in the world and you never know,” the Manly enforcer said.

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Manly's Addin Fonua-Blake fronted the media wearing a face mask at training. Picture: Brett Costello
Manly's Addin Fonua-Blake fronted the media wearing a face mask at training. Picture: Brett Costello
Fonua-Blake has used the mask for the past few days as the side starts preparing for Saturday’s game against Sydney Roosters at Leichhardt Oval and centre Moses Suli also had one on yesterday.

“I’m just taking some precautions and see how we go,” Fonua-Blake said.

“I’m not scared, I just don’t want to catch anything and take it home with me.

“I’ve got four young kids of my own and a partner, I hate to catch something and take it home.

“I know this mask doesn’t stop coronavirus but if someone coughs on me, I’d rather be coughed on this than coughed in my mouth.”

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He said he will wear the mask during gym sessions if he is allowed.

And teammate Jake Trbojevic supported Fonua-Blake’s decision.

“Each to their own, I can’t see myself wearing the mask but if that’s what he wants to do, good on him,’’ Trbojevic said. “I guess he’s being very health conscious.”

Fonua-Blake has even been wearing the mask during training. Picture: Brett Costello
Fonua-Blake has even been wearing the mask during training. Picture: Brett Costello
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While he wore a mask, Fonua-Blake said that in the current circumstances he is still happy to keep playing.

“100 per cent, the people who are in charge of the game wouldn’t let it go it go ahead if it wasn’t the right thing to do,” he said.

“If they thought anyone was at serious risk of catching coronavirus or spreading coronavirus through the game obviously, they would call it off.

“They talk to a lot of doctors and if the game is OK to go on, I’m more than happy to keep playing. But if they say it’s a no go we can’t really stand up against it.

“Family comes into it as much as well, you’d hate for anything to happen to anyone’s family, anyone’s kids, mother or father due to running the NRL.”

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When teammate Lachlan Croker was speaking to reporters, he carried a bottle of hand sanitiser with him.

“We’ve had these since November but a lot of them have been quite full until now,” Croker said.

‘‘I’ve been missing handshakes, I love shaking people’s hands.

“A lot of people have been giving me elbows and knuckles and it is very different. No one has obviously experienced anything quite like it before and we are all learning the same as everyone else.”

Fonua-Blake said it will be different playing in front of no fans in the big clash with the Roosters on Saturday.

“Every game has a challenge and this challenge will be for both teams,” the powerhouse front-rower said.

“There will be no crowd to ride you home but we train every day in front of no one and we do good things.”
 

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Nrl 360 weren’t happy with his decision to wear the mask lol
 

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What is life without a long term future ?
So I say
Sometimes a short term pay cut pain is required for a long term gain .

I WOULD LIKE TO THINK ALL OF US MANLY FANS WOULD LIKE OUR PLAYERS TO BE LOYAL TO OUR CLUB AND DO THE RIGHT THING ?

TO ALL THE MANLY FANS...
LET US TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT OUR SELVES IN THE MIRROR AND FACE OUR INTEGRITY AND AND SEE WHAT THE RIGHT THING TO DO BY OUR GREAT CLUB IS....

EVERY ONE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

BE ONE OF THOSE GREAT ONES THAT DOES
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This Add keeps appearing
This Add is an up to date Manly Club News on our standing in the NRL CLUB MEMBERSHIP LADDER feathered friend .

It appears us Manly fans are not standing loud and proud and passionately supporting our club just like most of the other club supporters are .

Do we turn a blind eye and forget about this ladder and our obligation to our club ?

No I dont think so

Let us all do something about it !

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Nrl 360 weren’t happy with his decision to wear the mask lol


I saw Kent and Hooper calling AFB a smartass.

So a guy wears a mask during an interview AND training to protect his family and himself and is labelled a smartass by two of the biggest morons and cowards in the 'journo' game!

I'm glad these idiots aren't in charge of Aust's efforts to stop the covid-19 spread. It's already gunna be bad enough.
 

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