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Untimely injury may end Mansour's time at Panthers

Post by Newtown » Fri 20 Apr, 2018 4:12 pm

Untimely injury may end Mansour's time at Panthers
Author Michael Chammas Chief Reporter Timestamp Fri 20 Apr 2018, 02:57 PM

A potential season-ending injury couldn't have come at a worse time for Josh Mansour as he weighs up his future beyond 2018, but perhaps there is a silver lining for Penrith fans. NRL.com understands the Panthers were almost resigned to being without the fan favourite after this season, with the Test winger making no secret of his desire to look after his family in deciding where to play in 2019 and beyond. At the start of the year, the Panthers indicated they wanted to keep him, discussing a potential deal to keep him long term. But Mansour decided to back his own ability and let his football throughout 2018 drive up his price tag. You can't blame him for doing so. After all, he was returning from a successful World Cup campaign with the Kangaroos and was in line to make a return to the Holden State of Origin arena with the NSW Blues if he could produce a strong start to the year.

Unfortunately for the 27-year-old, that's now dead in the water after he suffered up to five facial fractures in last week's win over Gold Coast. Mansour will undergo surgery next week to begin repairing the damage that has left his face almost unrecognisable. His season is virtually over. At best he will return for the final eight games of the season. But the club is bracing for the worst, which means he may have played his final game for the Panthers after seven years at the club.

There is a feeling from Mansour's management that he is worth up to $600,000 a season. That perhaps a club like Parramatta, who had lost Semi Radradra to French rugby, would be on the lookout for a replacement. It made sense, especially when you consider Eels centre Michael Jennings is one of Mansour's closest friends. However, Parramatta, nor any other club for that matter, have shown a willingness to pay over half a million dollars per season for him. That may have changed if he didn't get injured.


But it now seems highly unlikely given his unfortunate predicament. Penrith aren't willing to fork out such a substantial amount for a winger, regardless of how effective he is in getting his side's sets started, especially when they feel rookie Christian Crichton is holding his own in his debut season on the minimum wage.

The Panthers haven't completely filled their roster for 2019 and beyond, and want to keep Mansour. But it's going to have to be at around $350,000-$400,000 a season, well below what he had been hoping to receive. The reality is, he has missed out on a potential $100,000 pay day for playing in the Origin arena this year, but the toll of the injury could blow out to $500,000 when you consider his reduced market value. It's hard to begrudge Mansour for his desire to make the most out of his new deal. He last year welcomed his first child.

And in his previous contract negotiations, when he had a lucrative deal with Canberra on the table, he took less to stay because of the loyalty he felt to the Panthers for giving him an opportunity when he did not get one from his junior club, South Sydney. ''Before when I made a decision on my future it was purely based on myself,'' Mansour told NRL.com before the season. “Now that’s not the case. I have a young family and now I can’t make selfish decisions based on what I want. Any decision I make is purely based on my family. “'I think the club is going to do the best it can to keep me. I have no doubts about that. But I’m sure if I was going to get an awesome offer somewhere else, I think I have the blessing from the club to go.”

Penrith don’t want Mansour to leave. They’ve also given him their blessing to chase the dollars to support his family, such is the respect and admiration they have for a player who has developed a cult following since his arrival in 2012. Unfortunately for Mansour, he may not get what he would have likely received had he got the opportunity to rekindle the form that led to him being regarded as the best winger in the Telstra Premiership before rupturing his ACL in 2016.


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Post by Clearyweareone » Fri 20 Apr, 2018 4:24 pm

Great player but this is the second season he has missed all or most of the season.

Given his lack of football and his age, he wlll be lucky to receive the dollars as a winger he is after.

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Post by happy tiger » Fri 20 Apr, 2018 4:36 pm

Probably in the Top 5 wingers in the game , but dreaming if he wants 600k a season

I don't think I'd pay 600 k for Semi Radradra or Israel Folau to be honest

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Post by Milky » Fri 20 Apr, 2018 5:21 pm

I would match the 550-600k if he plays fullback.

He would be able to get our sets off to a great start and provide some good ball support.

Mansour/Nofa/Thompson on the flanks with MWZ and Marsters in the centres.

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Post by Chicken Faced Killa » Fri 20 Apr, 2018 5:24 pm

600,000 is about 6% of the cap so not completely outrageous but still a large amount for a winger.


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Post by Demps » Fri 20 Apr, 2018 8:53 pm

He's one of the best wingers but so injury prone.

I don't like how he played for Australia and not Lebanon tho.
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Post by colmcd » Sat 21 Apr, 2018 12:02 am

Milky wrote:
Fri 20 Apr, 2018 5:21 pm
I would match the 550-600k if he plays fullback.

He would be able to get our sets off to a great start and provide some good ball support.

Mansour/Nofa/Thompson on the flanks with MWZ and Marsters in the centres.
Why do people keep saying that. Ah you're a good Winger, so how about Fullback!
Sure, some skills are the same, you need to have good running speed, good work under the high ball. But wingers play a very different defensive roll, Namely they guard the outside while a fullback is meant to roam and read the attacking teams next play.

The main difference that I can see is Wingers run through edge gaps and are across the line more. While fullbacks help set up the play and know how to sniff gaps in the middle.

I just don't get why people look at a 1-2 try per game winger and go "hey how about fullback:. Mansour is a good winger like Brett Morris, don't make him a bad fullback. (500K max IMHO. I don't think we have the cap room for him. Particularly if N Cleary is coming.)

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Post by Cultured Bogan » Sat 21 Apr, 2018 8:16 am

Demps wrote:
Fri 20 Apr, 2018 8:53 pm
He's one of the best wingers but so injury prone.

I don't like how he played for Australia and not Lebanon tho.
Why? He should be able to play for whomever he wants as long as he qualifies?

If I had the opportunity to play for the Irish or Australia, I'd be playing for Australia.
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Post by Demps » Sun 22 Apr, 2018 7:19 pm

Cultured Bogan wrote:
Sat 21 Apr, 2018 8:16 am
Demps wrote:
Fri 20 Apr, 2018 8:53 pm
He's one of the best wingers but so injury prone.

I don't like how he played for Australia and not Lebanon tho.
Why? He should be able to play for whomever he wants as long as he qualifies?

If I had the opportunity to play for the Irish or Australia, I'd be playing for Australia.
Because he'd look good in the Lebanese jersey...
And it'd make the team better.

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Post by Fade To Black » Sun 22 Apr, 2018 7:25 pm

Demps wrote:
Fri 20 Apr, 2018 8:53 pm
He's one of the best wingers but so injury prone.

I don't like how he played for Australia and not Lebanon tho.
Not being in the same team as Mitch Moses would be more than enough incentive to change allegiances. That and the massive difference in pay in choosing to represent Oz over Lebanon.

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Post by Demps » Mon 23 Apr, 2018 8:11 am

Fade To Black wrote:
Sun 22 Apr, 2018 7:25 pm
Demps wrote:
Fri 20 Apr, 2018 8:53 pm
He's one of the best wingers but so injury prone.

I don't like how he played for Australia and not Lebanon tho.
Not being in the same team as Mitch Moses would be more than enough incentive to change allegiances. That and the massive difference in pay in choosing to represent Oz over Lebanon.
Yea.... World cup needs improvement
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Post by Pawsandclaws » Mon 23 Apr, 2018 8:28 am

We need to trawl the U20s etc to find the next Katoa or JAC. Surely there are young players similar to Dylan Smith we can sign and bring through the grades.

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Post by Elderslie Tiger » Thu 17 May, 2018 9:04 am

Big Sports Breakfast reporting Josh to resign with Panthers to be announced before tonight's game.

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Post by innsaneink » Thu 17 May, 2018 9:19 am

Resign as in quit or re-sign as in go around again?

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Post by krayola » Thu 17 May, 2018 9:40 am

innsaneink wrote:
Thu 17 May, 2018 9:19 am
Resign as in quit or re-sign as in go around again?
Obviously the former :D

the OP said "resign with"...who has resigned with their job and then quit? That'd be confusing.
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Post by Demps » Sat 19 May, 2018 7:19 am

krayola wrote:
Thu 17 May, 2018 9:40 am
innsaneink wrote:
Thu 17 May, 2018 9:19 am
Resign as in quit or re-sign as in go around again?
Obviously the former :D

the OP said "resign with"...who has resigned with their job and then quit? That'd be confusing.
Yea...
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