No more broken contracts: NRL’s bid to stop more Mattersons
August 24, 2020 9:53am
Source: FOX SPORTS
The NRL is planing to put a stop to players attempting to break contracts with their current club to take up lucrative new deals with a rival side.
The Sydney Morning Herald claims that the NRL are examining a proposal to put an end to players quitting clubs when they are enticed away by the lure of a big payday.
The suggested ruling comes as a result of a number of recent cases including that of Ryan Matterson who quit the Tigers in bitter circumstances for a move to the Eels.
The NRL will look at the option of banning clubs from tabling offers to players which would see them earn money with a rival club.
Josh Addo-Carr could be the last to take advantage of the current rules as he seeks a return to his native Sydney.
The Storm winger was given permission to speak to rival clubs after he cited family issues as the reason for his desire to leave Melbourne.
He is still under contract with Melbourne until the end of next year and the Storm have listed a number of criteria that must be met to secure his signature.
His new manager is said to now be shopping him around as a fullback and asking for $800,000 – a huge upgrade on his $400,000 deal – which has put the Storm off-side.
“There will be a complete review in the off-season,” ARLC chairman Peter V’landys told The Herald.
“I can assure you we will be addressing the frustrations of the fans.”
The Storm had tried to engineer a swap deal with young Tiger Tommy Talau which would see Addo-Carr return to Concord.
But Michael Maguire is understood to have knocked that proposition back