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At least this article states that he is "looking to secure his future elsewhere" rather than the usual.Hope he does goto Canberra.. i can still cheer for him then in some capacity. I bet parra are one of those other clubs watching the situation closely. Id imagine storm would be having a look as well.
Schuster, Guac, Suli, Manase and his amazing brothers, Funa, sadly Keith T and Saab relationship. A load of quality juniors have come here.Once again, thankyou Bozo for courting the Hopoates of southwestern Sydney all those years ago.
It has worked out so well for Manly.
I think it's a bit too early in the piece to say all these players have/will bring success to the club. The club has been wallowing in mediocrity since 2015. Time will tell, but my gut feel is that none of these players possess any loyalty to the club. I will be happy to be proven wrong...Schuster, Guac, Suli, Manase and his amazing brothers, Funa, sadly Keith T and Saab relationship. A load of quality juniors have come here.
I think it's a bit too early in the piece to say all these players have/will bring success to the club. The club has been wallowing in mediocrity since 2015. Time will tell, but my gut feel is that none of these players possess any loyalty to the club. I will be happy to be proven wrong...
Some contrasting comments on this one - and rightly so.
I just feel sad that a player we developed, who was supported by the club over 2 serious ACL injuries, has been somewhat poisoned on the club by external influence.
Don't even know if this is what the kid wanted himself or if he was simply pushed by vested interest - John with his pathetic victim complex, and his player-Manager with the dollar-signs in his eyes.
Strikes me as somewhat short-sighted. If the club persevered with you through that and you still decided to throw that back in their face, it speaks volumes for the loss of club loyalty. That is a noticeable drop in the integrity of the game in my mind, and makes the chances of kids having an idol to follow over a career rather than just a season really low (for me, it was watching Beaver Menzies debut and then go on to become the legend we all admire)
The NRL hierarchy should allow a concession on a long-term service to a club from the Salary cap - I know it would have its pitfalls and need a seriously good system to ensure balance - but it would also allow the club to reward loyalty without it impacting on other signings. Maybe something like a 5-year run results in a 20% deduction of that player's salary from the cap, increasing marginally over time to a cap of 40-50% in the rare case of a 20-year career like Scam.
I don't feel the club did anything wrong here, other than maybe delay his debut (arguable if this was worth the criticism it garnered) - but they offered him a contract at a decent price after a modest few games with the club where he showed a lot of work was still needed.
Ultimately its good the club is bigger than an individual, as promising as he may seem. However if Albert is guided by the principles that seem to have influenced his decisions here, he will likely end up as a mercenary journeyman contract-chasing for much of his career. And its a shame that this is the state of the modern game, that we have players feeling this is the only way to realise value for themselves.
Watching him play, it was clear why his debut was delayed. Not directing this at you, but what a lot of people forget when it comes to the selection table is that these guys earn their spots at training. Just because we as fans have not seen what a player has got because of opportunity, doesn't mean Des hasn't seen it at training.I don't feel the club did anything wrong here, other than maybe delay his debut