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Samantha in strife (and medical retirement rorts)

Manly Tragic

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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.
 
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There is an easy fix to this. The NRL could have an independent medical assessment done on every contract they register. Flag any existing injuries as unacceptable for medical retirement. Anything new qualifies for a payout. Simple and transparent. Too late for Brett and Steve but at least makes it fair moving forwards.
 

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There is an easy fix to this. The NRL could have an independent medical assessment done on every contract they register. Flag any existing injuries as unacceptable for medical retirement. Anything new qualifies for a payout. Simple and transparent. Too late for Brett and Steve but at least makes it fair moving forwards.
Players signing their supposedly final contract will always be selfish and would want the longest term possible, and clubs in fear of losing that player will usually accede to his demands in fear of losing him.
The only solution to this is for the NRL to use the decision of the players' insurance company as to whether the player has suffered a catastrophic injury and is eligible for an insurance payout.
If the insurance company won't pay, then the club is still bound by the terms of his contract and still has to pay him, which will then have to be included in the salary cap.
You can't have a situation like the one with Watmaugh were there was no insurance payout yet the NRL gave the Slime salary cap relief.
A situaton like the one Jharal Yow Yeh had, certainly deserves a payout and salary cap dispensation.
 

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Retired NRL champion Sam Burgess is accusing his father-in-law of fabricating claims he was intimidated by the former South Sydney football star.

Mitchell Hooke - father of Burgess’ wife Phoebe - successfully applied for an apprehended violence order against his son-in-law following an alleged domestic incident at a property near Bowral in October.
Hooke alleged he was intimidated by Burgess and NSW Police subsequently charged the footballer.
On Wednesday, the AVO was mentioned in Moss Vale court where Burgess did not appear, but was represented by his lawyers.
Burgess’ lawyers ‘strenuously deny’ the allegations, according to a Nine Network reporter.
His representatives claim Mr Hooke ‘made false allegations’, telling the court ‘there was no threats, no violence’.
Burgess will face court in December for the charge of intimidation.

 

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Retired NRL champion Sam Burgess is accusing his father-in-law of fabricating claims he was intimidated by the former South Sydney football star.

Mitchell Hooke - father of Burgess’ wife Phoebe - successfully applied for an apprehended violence order against his son-in-law following an alleged domestic incident at a property near Bowral in October.
Hooke alleged he was intimidated by Burgess and NSW Police subsequently charged the footballer.
On Wednesday, the AVO was mentioned in Moss Vale court where Burgess did not appear, but was represented by his lawyers.
Burgess’ lawyers ‘strenuously deny’ the allegations, according to a Nine Network reporter.
His representatives claim Mr Hooke ‘made false allegations’, telling the court ‘there was no threats, no violence’.
Burgess will face court in December for the charge of intimidation.

Just having big Sam standing opposite being upset would be considered intimidating!!
 

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Interestingly Cronk has been signed in a coaching role at Easts which I find quite suspicious ... , I'd think his "coaching" salary should be added to the salary cap.

Just like Inglis' bs "ambassadorial" position is a joke, he's already sold out of Coogee and has been virtually unsighted at the Bunnies.

Sam has 25% bone density in his shoulder and this has only just been discovered? Give me a break. Todd only has 25% bone density in his spine by the looks.

The NRL's treatment of my hero Matai, along with club legends Snake and Watmough were despicable.

Anyone remember how they allowed Fa'oso play on with a broken neck? What??? Talk to me about their care of player welfare ...

The salary cap is a joke and needs to be cleaned up. V'landys over to you?
GI was at crescent head last week, so I guess he’s gone home. Good luck to him.
 

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