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So Parramatta is reportedly chasing a “game-breaking” fullback to affix the membership this yr.
That is fairly extraordinary on a few fronts.
Firstly, we’re speaking about getting a strike fullback to the membership instantly. The obvious query is, the place from? They do not precisely develop on bushes.
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While you speak game-breaking fullbacks, the 4 who come to thoughts immediately are James Tedesco, Tom Trbojevic, Ryan Papenhuyzen and Latrell Mitchell.
Who of their proper thoughts thinks any of these 4 will probably be in blue and gold anytime quickly?
Reece Walsh has been excellent this yr, however I am going to have to see that stage of play from him over an extended time frame earlier than I put him in the identical bracket because the 4 I discussed, and naturally we do not know but what the long run holds for Kalyn Ponga.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck could be an possibility, however apparently that is already been knocked on the top, as a result of he can earn $1 million for a 16-week season in Japan. Good luck to him if that is the case!
Whereas I haven’t got Clint Gutherson within the completely elite class with the highest 4, I am going to let you know what, he is not all that far behind. He is within the second tier of very, excellent gamers.
Gutherson is a whole-hearted participant who provides 100 per cent. He is the captain, he is an incredible chief, and he is just about the guts and soul of that group, which makes this much more baffling.
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Mitchell Moses is supposedly getting $1.2 million a season on his new deal, and I am effective with that, since you’re value no matter somebody is keen to pay. It is skilled sport, you earn as a lot cash as you probably can.
However Clint Gutherson virtually single-handedly stored Parramatta afloat in these first three matches, and he is incomes about $850,000 a yr, though hopefully he has a clause that provides him a rise when the wage cap goes up.
Moses is supposedly getting $350,000 a yr greater than Gutherson, and the week Moses indicators that new deal they’re after a brand new fullback. If I am Clint Gutherson I am considering, ‘What the hell is happening? How a lot do they actually love me?’
I do not know Clint that nicely however he would not strike me as the kind of bloke to explode, and Parramatta in all probability is aware of that.
How does one thing like this get out? It is ridiculous. I simply do not perceive it. You have a look at golf equipment just like the Roosters or Melbourne Storm, this stuff do not get mentioned publicly. It needs to be stored in home. That is one other large downside.
Now it is public, each media convention that their gamers do they are going to be requested about it. You do not want it.
I am not saying they should not do it, you do all the things you may to win a comp. However I am unable to determine who they are going to get that’s higher in that function than Clint Gutherson is.
Even the timing has obtained me stumped. They misplaced three in a row at first, there was all that discuss Ryan Matterson’s suspension, and now they lastly have a win, defeating the premiers, and this comes up.
I discover the entire thing weird.
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One other membership within the headlines for all of the incorrect causes is St George Illawarra, after Ben Hunt referred to as the loss to the Sharks “embarrassing”.
Final week we had the information that Anthony Griffin must re-apply for his job, together with his contract ending on the finish of 2023.
I do not know Anthony Griffin, however let’s be frank. The writing has been on the wall for a while. It actually has. It has been clear for some time that the Dragons would have a look at different choices for 2024.
There’s rumblings about gamers being sad and never desirous to play for him, there was the problem within the low season about Mikaele Ravalawa and Zane Musgrove having an argument at 6am and in some way that discovered its manner into the media. When issues like which are being made public then there’s points.
While you have a look at the again finish of final yr, the low season and the massive losses the final two weeks, it is fairly clear what the end result goes to be and so they need to make the decision now. Any participant that they wish to re-sign, or any participant that they are chasing goes to wish to know who’s teaching the facet.
In the event that they do determine within the subsequent couple of months that another person will probably be in cost subsequent yr, it does depart Griffin between a rock and a tough place for the remainder of 2023. It hardly ever ends nicely when a choice like that’s made.
Anthony Griffin is an old-school, real bloke who I believe would nonetheless give 100 per cent for the remainder of the yr even when he knew he was being punted, however often you find yourself writing off the remainder of the season and beginning your re-build early.
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