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Now I am worried the Pearl Jam album lol

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@old_man_tiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Can someone who actually knows explain whether there is a difference between the top 30 and an NRL contract.

Top 30 players sign a NRL contract, Canterbury Cup players sign a Canterbury Cup contract?

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@twentyforty said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

“That’s weird, I was sure that Packer was a Roosters supporter?”

That would be weird to me. I thought consolidated press owns 25% of the Rabbitohs?

Consolidated press holdings which is Packers private investment firm owns his share in the Rabbits.

He was a Roosters supporter and friends with Nick Politis but bought Peter Holmes a Court’s share in the Rabbits through his friendship with Russel Crowe. At the time he also stated his father was a Rabbitohs supporter!

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@boonboon said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Spud_Murphy said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Ponyo said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

The NRL are like a Bikie club. They need to open a chapter in East Sydney, South Sydney Brissy & Melb. From the Tele this morning:

"James Packer joined Russell Crowe and Wayne Bennett to help Souths land Latrell Mitchell. Aaron Francis/The Australian
James Packer joined Russell Crowe and Wayne Bennett to help Souths land Latrell Mitchell.

The movie star, the master-coach and the money man — how could Latrell Mitchell say no?

The Sunday Telegraph can reveal James Packer joined Russell Crowe and Wayne Bennett to form arguably the greatest, and certainly the most extraordinary, rugby league recruitment team ever assembled.

Packing two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, seven NRL premierships and more than $3.5 billion, Packer, Bennett and Crowe combined to deliver the Rabbitohs a future South Sydney great.

Just a day after Bennett met the runaway Rooster at a secret location in Sydney, Packer flew to Coffs Harbour on his private jet to join Crowe and Mitchell for a private dinner, catered for by a personal chef.

While details of the dinner at Crowe’s luxury Nana Glen estate were revealed by The Daily Telegraph last week, Packer’s attendance and involvement in the bid were kept a closely guarded secret.

Until today.

The casino mogul and Crowe teamed up to convince Mitchell that South Sydney was his new home. Mitchell travelled back to Sydney intent on becoming a Rabbitoh.

After knocking back South’s first offer, Mitchell agreed to sign last Sunday on a one-year deal with another year option in the club’s favour. The deal is estimated to be worth $1.4 million over two years.

Despite signing a deal worth less than the $3.2 million he had been offered by the Roosters over four years, Mitchell is content with the contract that could amount to just $600,000 should Souths not exercise the second year.

The Roosters were stunned that Mitchell accepted the deal after he reportedly “laughed’’ when they made him the $800,000-a-year offer.

Avoiding an ugly showdown with their oldest rivals, the Roosters backed away from a compensation demand and released Mitchell from the final year of his deal.

But on one condition.

He must pay out his former manager, Steve Deacon.

ADDO CARR LINKED TO BUNNIES

With the dust yet to settle on the Latrell Mitchell deal, South Sydney have already been linked to another NRL big name.

Less than 48 hours after announcing they had signed Mitchell, there are noises emerging that Souths are now interested in Josh Addo-Carr, the man known as the Fox, and preparing to offer the Storm a player swap.

South Sydney have reportedly shopped Alex Johnston, Adam Doueihi and Dane Gagai to rival clubs."

That’s weird, I was sure that Packer was a Roosters supporter?

Umm he owns 40% of the bunnies

Was just about to post this as well, he is a 37.5% owner of Souths that he purchased in 2014!

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@Telltails said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Spud_Murphy said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Ponyo said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

The NRL are like a Bikie club. They need to open a chapter in East Sydney, South Sydney Brissy & Melb. From the Tele this morning:

"James Packer joined Russell Crowe and Wayne Bennett to help Souths land Latrell Mitchell. Aaron Francis/The Australian
James Packer joined Russell Crowe and Wayne Bennett to help Souths land Latrell Mitchell.

The movie star, the master-coach and the money man — how could Latrell Mitchell say no?

The Sunday Telegraph can reveal James Packer joined Russell Crowe and Wayne Bennett to form arguably the greatest, and certainly the most extraordinary, rugby league recruitment team ever assembled.

Packing two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, seven NRL premierships and more than $3.5 billion, Packer, Bennett and Crowe combined to deliver the Rabbitohs a future South Sydney great.

Just a day after Bennett met the runaway Rooster at a secret location in Sydney, Packer flew to Coffs Harbour on his private jet to join Crowe and Mitchell for a private dinner, catered for by a personal chef.

While details of the dinner at Crowe’s luxury Nana Glen estate were revealed by The Daily Telegraph last week, Packer’s attendance and involvement in the bid were kept a closely guarded secret.

Until today.

The casino mogul and Crowe teamed up to convince Mitchell that South Sydney was his new home. Mitchell travelled back to Sydney intent on becoming a Rabbitoh.

After knocking back South’s first offer, Mitchell agreed to sign last Sunday on a one-year deal with another year option in the club’s favour. The deal is estimated to be worth $1.4 million over two years.

Despite signing a deal worth less than the $3.2 million he had been offered by the Roosters over four years, Mitchell is content with the contract that could amount to just $600,000 should Souths not exercise the second year.

The Roosters were stunned that Mitchell accepted the deal after he reportedly “laughed’’ when they made him the $800,000-a-year offer.

Avoiding an ugly showdown with their oldest rivals, the Roosters backed away from a compensation demand and released Mitchell from the final year of his deal.

But on one condition.

He must pay out his former manager, Steve Deacon.

ADDO CARR LINKED TO BUNNIES

With the dust yet to settle on the Latrell Mitchell deal, South Sydney have already been linked to another NRL big name.

Less than 48 hours after announcing they had signed Mitchell, there are noises emerging that Souths are now interested in Josh Addo-Carr, the man known as the Fox, and preparing to offer the Storm a player swap.

South Sydney have reportedly shopped Alex Johnston, Adam Doueihi and Dane Gagai to rival clubs."

That’s weird, I was sure that Packer was a Roosters supporter?

Packer seems to help out his mates. Also reportedly helped pull Penrith out of its financial problems when Gould first went there.

Yeah built some training facility for his crowne employees out the back of Panthers and I think contributed money to their coe?

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@sheer64 said in Wests Tigers Sign Luciano Leilua till 2022:

@jirskyr said in Wests Tigers Sign Luciano Leilua till 2022:

Turns out he had shingles, he spent Christmas in hospital.

He is very young to have shingles.

I had shingles when I was 10!

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@yeti said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Well, I haven’t seen a lot of AD, but by all reports he would be a good pick up.
BJ - man he’s a numbskull on occasions, but there is no doubt he can play footy!
No more than 2 years for BJ and I would be happy with that. AD - 2 years and re-assess.

2 years is perfect for both these guys. If they don’t work out we will be in a position to spend money again after next off seasons spending.

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@LeichhardtTiger said in Golden Black and White Oldie:

Just surfing thru Youtube and this Gem came up a - Collection of media reports at the time of the JV decision. Not sure if “Galahs Australia”, who posted this back in 2008, is a Forum member, but thanks for the Memories!

That Sports Tonight story was how I found out the Merger votes went through!