@Anon-lurker said in Wests Tigers snare teen tyro Utoikamanu...:
@hsvjones said in Wests Tigers snare teen tyro Utoikamanu...:
There is absolutely no reason for them to keep him…
They have tried to change his mind and offered a top 30 spot and he declined…
Why waste your time and money developing a player that is leaving.
I can understand if this player was in your starting team and you don’t have a replacement (E.g. Arrow) but this is a player that has not played a game of NRL and they have a truck load of big guys ahead of him with 1st grade experience.
This is where the current system does not work… The NRL need to step in and assist or scrap the rule that you can sign a player for the year after… Such a grey area that needs addressing and surprised the Players Union has not spoke to NRL about it.
I disagree this is where the contract system works. The existing club should not have to release a player a year early because he signed elsewhere .
Matto could be a example used . Say instead of him acting like a tool to get out of the contract he instead signed a contract with parra do start in 3 years when his tigers contract expired , does that mean tigers should release him , ofc not . However in mattos case due to his salary and impact on rest of playing group he was let out of contract . With stef on peanuts , him having a whinge won’t impact playing group and with eels thinking they are in a premiership window, it’s a no brainer for them to keep him as they should if they plan on using him at some stage of the year
I think you may not have understood my post.
I know Eels don’t have to release him and that’s the NRL rules.
It just doesn’t make sense for them to keep him and its just the right thing to do. It gives the young guy a better pay packet for him and family plus the opportunity to play 1st grade.
Matto situation is completely different as you cannot sign elsewhere that long in advance - Tryo is only 1 year in advance (in the rule of the game) and not 2/3 years.
Anyway everyone has their own thoughts and i respect that.