- Jan 28, 2016
Players are no machines and if a player is injured whether it is an old injury that has been aggravated or not the the club should be entitled to medically retire the player with supporting medical evidence. Once a player is medically retired the NRL should simply stamp that players file "No further registration of contracts". Otherwise a serious duty of care issue is raised in respect of the club and the NRL for not making this option available. The varied application of this rule is just another product of consistency being overrated by Mr Greenburg. The issue as to whether a player plays again after medical retirement should be a contractual matter between the player and the club who would I expect only make the payout conditional on a term that the player is not permitted to play again in any other competition or code and that the payout can be made in yearly installments proportionate to the remainder of the contract. At least the poorer clubs have time to space out the payment of the balance of the contract and if a player breaches the contract and starts to play somewhere else the club is not trying to recover all of the remaining contract funds.