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mave

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Sadly we couldn't match the 500k that Wests were offering.

chose not to match the money.

Despite spending years doing the development, on all of them.

It seems to be a bit of a recurring theme at the moment.
 

Mark from Brisbane

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Sadly we couldn't match the 500k that Wests were offering.
Exactly , it’s a pity as we well and truly supported the Fainu’s and brought them through the system BUT at the end of the day big $$$$ proved more enticing.

It’s just a pity that people on here don’t quite get how the salary cap works.

You must have 30 players , and you have to allow for bringing players up from reserves when you have injuries ( and that needs to be included in the cap ).

We have quite a few very expensive players , and a lot on fairly big money , so when you take those into account and you still need another 20 players you just cannot afford superstars or potential superstars who want superstar money.
 

Eagle 1

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chose not to match the money.

Despite spending years doing the development, on all of them.

It seems to be a bit of a recurring theme at the moment.
Sam wanted out anyway, with the Tiges offering Latu the same deal.
 

mave

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Exactly , it’s a pity as we well and truly supported the Fainu’s and brought them through the system BUT at the end of the day big $$$$ proved more enticing.

It’s just a pity that people on here don’t quite get how the salary cap works.

You must have 30 players , and you have to allow for bringing players up from reserves when you have injuries ( and that needs to be included in the cap ).

We have quite a few very expensive players , and a lot on fairly big money , so when you take those into account and you still need another 20 players you just cannot afford superstars or potential superstars who want superstar money.

Sure, but we still made a choice to release these guys.

Yes, a choice.
 

KNUCKLES

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Exactly , it’s a pity as we well and truly supported the Fainu’s and brought them through the system BUT at the end of the day big $$$$ proved more enticing.

It’s just a pity that people on here don’t quite get how the salary cap works.

You must have 30 players , and you have to allow for bringing players up from reserves when you have injuries ( and that needs to be included in the cap ).

We have quite a few very expensive players , and a lot on fairly big money , so when you take those into account and you still need another 20 players you just cannot afford superstars or potential superstars who want superstar money.
Everybody knows how the salary cap works. The club could of matched it if they wanted too and reshuffled in other areas. I mean we did bring in 4 or 5 players over the off season. It seems at times the only people who don't know how the salary cap works are the club. Paying massive and long contracts to players that continue to Hamstring the very thing we are talking about. And not one of them has offered up their value in said contracts. And don't get me started on the Schuster saga.. the means for samuela to stay were definitely there. Salary cap working and all. Now I'm not saying he should of been given a lifetime contract (which seems to be the norm at manly) but we sure as hell could of done with him this year at least. ( which he was contracted for as well I might add).
 

KNUCKLES

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We also could of let burbo go as I think he was coming off contract at the time. But clearly that won't happen due to obvious reasons. The same reasons we have waddell back at the club. Conflicts of interest perhaps?? Who knows
 

mave

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We also could of let burbo go as I think he was coming off contract at the time. But clearly that won't happen due to obvious reasons. The same reasons we have waddell back at the club. Conflicts of interest perhaps?? Who knows

No, no, no.
We couldn't have done those things, because we had no way to make a choice.

And no-one understands how the salary cap works.
 

Dion Johnson

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If the squad are to be in the eight this season then we need another backrower, both Ben T and Waddell are not the solution on the left edge.

Ben T has played his best football at right centre and Waddell in the middle for me, Ben’s game is not there yet for an 80 minute backrow forward.
 

Terry Zarsoff

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^Fulton Family Enterprises;

The Brenn Stewart X-connection;

The Fainu Felons; and

The Really Nice Family.

The concern now is that the One Man Band, DCE, will be allowed to play on forever at Manly, boosting his super and potentially cruelling our halfback succession plans over the next five years.

Reminiscent (perhaps) of how the club didn’t handle (for the better) the Cliff Lyons’ succession plan 25 years ago.
 
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Disco

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The question is would we be happy paying 1mil a season for Samuela and Latu on a 4 year deal (unsure of any ratchet clauses and performance clauses.

Its a punt that may pay off for the Tigers, still very much in the balance though.
 

Sheikheagle

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The question is would we be happy paying 1mil a season for Samuela and Latu on a 4 year deal (unsure of any ratchet clauses and performance clauses.

Its a punt that may pay off for the Tigers, still very much in the balance though.

Samuela is a big loss. Latu not so sure, last I heard tigers were trying to punt him.
 

joeboy

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letting Sam fainu go with a contract in place was a diabolical decision, there is no way it can be spun to make me think otherwise

Watching him and Weekes approaching their potential at other teams is depressing as hell.

We have little in the way of up and coming talent and I can’t see any reason for it apart from incompetence and cap mis management
 

KNUCKLES

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letting Sam fainu go with a contract in place was a diabolical decision, there is no way it can be spun to make me think otherwise

Watching him and Weekes approaching their potential at other teams is depressing as hell.

We have little in the way of up and coming talent and I can’t see any reason for it apart from incompetence and cap mis management
Especially that samuela is coming along nicely at the tigers of all places. Imagine how much he'd flourish elsewhere, or better yet, here still
 

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