"The 26-year-old was coy about his future when asked, even admitting he could test himself on the open market."
That's not such great news to me. Meh, we lose Choc, we make a huge play for Mateo who is off contract.
Like Lowe says: He doesn't wanna be here - see ya later.
Choc has much more reason to stay loyal to the club than Mateo ,for example, ever would.
The two are leagues apart in what they would do for the team anyway. Manly doesn't need another ball playing 2nd rower with Gifty & Bailey (Unfortunate, but something we have to live with for another two seasons) in the team. If we were going to lose Choc, Mateo is definately not the player to be going after to replace him.
$50K less tax = $25K pa (approx)
less loss of accrued eligibility to long service leave
less loss of accrued sick leave
If I was placed in the same position the additional $50K is not what it seems. Like Choc I like the place where I work and the extra cash probably wouldn't be enough for me to leave.
Liking where you work is worth a lot in terms of your job, sometimes it is not always about money.
"The Manly Daily understands Watmough is virtually all sealed up on a four-year deal that will ensure he sees out his NRL career at the Sea Eagles."
Given he is 26, are we now led to believe the mandatory NRL retirement age has dropped to 30 ?
Good news if he hangs around, he was our best forward this year and still has some improvement in him I reckon. He has reduced the amount of brain explosions, dropsies and stupid penalties that used to afflict his game and undo the good stuff he delivered. If he can keep working on those aspects of his game he will be a key part of our arsenal. Let's hope we get a halves pairing that can utilise his running game.
As for Mateo, I'd personally jump at the chance to sign him. He is a very talented footballer, and in my opinion has more attacking ability/options than Choc. His problem lays in his attitude though and he gives the impression he can just cruise through games without applying himself for the full 80, both in attack and defence. When he wants to turn it on with ball in hand he has got the ability to break the line, off load or ball play. He outplayed Hayne in the GF last year when he came on, and looked the only one likely to spark something for the Eels.
Â You asked Pete to compare two apples and then made one a pear.Â $50k is not a great deal extra for someone on Choc's money, and Pete makes a good point the additional would probably be chewed up in moving costs and if he moves interstate, catching up with family when time allows.Â When being paid $500kpa then another 10% would be unlikely to entice me interstate or overseas to be honest.