Shrek set for Roosters - in 2008

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First Grader
By Dean Ritchie
July 21, 2006

SYDNEY Roosters are close to signing Bulldogs prop Mark O'Meley for 2008 - a move that highlights the farcical nature of yesterday's decision to scrap the anti-tampering deadline.

NRL club chief executives voted to abolish the contentious June 30 rule, allowing any player to sign with any club at any time.

O'Meley is today permitted to join a new club despite not coming off contract at Belmore until the end of 2007.

The Daily Telegraph understands he is already close to joining the Roosters, although no deal has been finalised.

O'Meley's possible switch was predictably denied yesterday, but his manager, Wayne Beavis, admitted he had rung the Bulldogs to ask whether the club had "given up the ghost" on the Test prop.

O'Meley could attract more money elsewhere given the Bulldogs have layed out huge cash to retain Sonny Bill Williams and Willie Mason.

O'Meley's impending move 18 months before his contract expires - the type of signing that is now sanctioned - will cause anger and confusion among fans.

Beavis read a report in The Daily Telegraph last week in which it was suggested the Bulldogs were poised to lose international props O'Meley and Roy Asotasi.

The story prompted Beavis to ring Bulldogs officials.

"I rang them and asked had they given up the ghost on Mark. They said 'certainly not'," Beavis said.

"But everyone will be interested in Mark. I'm sure at the appropriate time he will be well sought after.

"I've spoken to Mark but not to any other NRL clubs."

Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan denied his club had approached O'Meley while Bulldogs chief executive Malcolm Noad said his club hoped to retain the representative forward.

"There hasn't been any discussion at all," Canavan said.

"(New buy) Nate Myles can play front row. We have David Shillington, Shane Shackleton and a heap of good young juniors."

Noad added: "We're confident of keeping him - we'll be doing our best."

O'Meley said recently about his chances of staying at the Bulldogs: "It all depends, you've got to look at who they are keeping and who they are losing."

At yesterday's meeting, the CEOs supported a new system that will give a player's existing club the final right to negotiate with the player before he signs with a rival team.

"The clear fact is that June 30 was not working and in practice I think the market in some ways has been operating without that rule for some time," said NRL chief executive David Gallop.


maybe we can offer the rooters King for next year and then we can sign shrek.

Jatz Crackers

First Grader
Its hard to imagine that Gallop didnt have the foresight to envisage the can of worms that scrapping the deadline would open up.

Then again nothing much surprises me any more. :~?


First Grader
Tooks, the Roosters were after King in 2004 but Manly admin in there Wisdom made King an offer he couldn't refuse. A top dollar 3 year deal. :wall:
I don't think the scrapping of the deadline will have a huge effect. The players current club has last offer and rival clubs would be crazy to sign up players years in advance given the chance of injury and loss of form. Say Melbourne signed up a blue chip backline player during the 2005/6 off season only to have Englis emerge and then not be able to afford to keep him.

Canteen Worker

First Grader
I thought the same UP. Buying players a few years ahead is crazy in terms of what might happen in the interim. Look at the Rorter overpaid but underperforming players at the moment.


Journey Man
Whats Crusher doing?


We should have signed up 3 or 4 players by now.

Typically not bringing anything to the table ;)
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17 11 6 125 28
18 11 7 209 26
18 10 7 97 25
17 9 8 63 24
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17 9 8 -56 24
17 8 9 -91 22
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17 7 10 -90 20
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18 7 10 -34 19
17 6 11 -89 18
17 4 13 -153 14
18 4 14 -217 12
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