Even if half the rumor’s are not true, it’s still ugly. JP talks about the importance of the organizations people:
but here we are with a future leader of the club being low balled and given a deadline…Seems odd.
Strap in boys, gunna be a tough (er) couple of seasons.
If the offer of $450k a year is on the mark he wasn’t low-balled.
The money is about right for his quality. The deadline only followed prolonged discussions and in those circumstances is quite reasonable. I’m 100% with the club on this.
Where does that $450k figure come from please?
It seems like good dollars for a frontrower that doesn’t work too hard around the ruck in defence.
Chammas at SMH, also said he was asking for 600, and Manly forums are stating he has signed for just north of 500 for 22 and 23. No reliable information that it was dependant on a 21 release but I reckon its true if Lee’s that pissed about it.
This is what the DT has quoted Lee H as saying on the contingent stuff :
“I was informed that the ‘22 and ‘23 deal may be contingent on a release for 2021.”
Who informed him? And now he says it “may be contingent”. If he is going to go to the media he should make sure all his ducks are in a row first - he seems to be backtracking on his hard stance earlier.
Pretty sure its Aloiai’s text message to club officials saying “I wont represent the tigers or put on a jersey”, that had Lee firing up, Then the Manly boss comes out and says we are negotiating for 22 but haven’t spoken about 21. Which I’m still suspect about ️ Either way its been pretty strong D from us all around IMO, I dont see that as backtracking tbh.
Thats not all of it though - he seems to be trying to cover all bases. Don’t get me wrong i’m all for coming out all guns blazing. I just see statements such as '" anecdotally we have been told" and " I was informed " and " may be contingent " as knowing only half the story. The guy runs a law firm - if you have all the facts you dont come out with wishy washy statements like these.
Exactly he runs a law firm, he wants to get in front of the narrative and make sure we get up on top without using terminology that may be used against us in the future. I thought it was ingenious, he:
A. Sent a clear message on how the contract negotiations occurred.
B. Made it clear without any compensation he was going to at the club regardless next year without a release.
C Sent a clear msg to the NRL he doesn’t want this to keep occurring.
He’s also wedged Manly pretty strongly. If they now withdraw their offer for '22/23 then obviously it was contingent on '21 - and if they don’t they’re stuck without a replacement for Fonua-Blake for '21.
I would say manly have told aloiai’s manager that they ‘really really’ want him for '21 - but noone is ever going to put anything around that in writing.
So the way Lee H has worded it is actually quite clever.