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Roosters ask Rabbitohs to release Joseph Suaalii

Phil Rothfield, Sports Editor-at-Large, News Corp Australia Sports Newsroom

The transfer market is heating up, with schoolboy superstar Joseph Suaalii rejecting a $2 million contract extension at the Rabbitohs as he eyes a long-term deal at the Roosters.

The Sydney Roosters have opened communications with arch-rivals the South Sydney Rabbitohs to release boom teenager Joseph Suaalii from the final year of his contract.
The 17-year-old schoolboy superstar has rejected a $2 million contract extension at the Rabbitohs and wants to sign a long-term deal at the Roosters.

He has been in talks with Roosters coach Trent Robinson and the club’s head of recruitment Daniel Anderson for several weeks.

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Anderson rang Rabbitohs chief executive Blake Solly on Monday morning to discuss the possibility of Suaalii coming straight to the Roosters.

The Rabbitohs remain noncommittal.

They have not been approached by Suaalii’s family or advisers for a release.

Whatever happens, the Roosters will have to pay a development fee to the Rabbitohs, 25 per cent of the first year of his NRL contract. It is expected to be more than $50,000.
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The Roosters can’t sign Suaalii until November but he can’t play first grade until he is 18, unless the NRL relaxes its rules.

Suaalii has knocked back the Wests Tigers to play for the Roosters.

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@rustycage said in Is it time for a rethink?:

@hobbo1 said in Is it time for a rethink?:

@rustycage said in Is it time for a rethink?:

I thought all we needed was a mission statement to be winners

The mission statement didn’t gain much traction did it 😂

Surprised it wasn’t mentioned during the award ceremony after the game last night’s night.

We just need a mission. I would settle for one like the Richmond Tigers’

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@innsaneink said in Grand Final '20 predictions & live thread:

@pawsandclaws1 said in Grand Final '20 predictions & live thread:

Interesting to read the article in the SMH where Smith is likely to be fined for suggesting to Sutton penalties against the Storm were nit picky and a little more.
I’m sure he’s worried

They waited all this time to even up the penalties? 18 years!

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@hobbo1 said in JAC:

Just abolish the salary cap
Survival of the richest !

Or examine the essential costs in growing the game which clubs outlay and instead of growing the establishment, grow the game by redirecting funds to those areas?

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I’d like to turn your attention momentarily to JAC?
When or if we land him, what do we have to offer by way of specialist FB coaching? Do we bring in one of our old #1? Or do we let Foxx wing it so to speak? Or has the FB role become so intertwined within the team that it only requires limited skills training? What do other teams do?
“[Papenhuyzen] has really matured this year, I’m sure he’d be the first one to say he’s had a lot of help off Billy [Slater] and he’s been very grateful for that,” Bellamy said.

If we do get someone in like Storm do, who is that person?

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@mikey said in Wests Tigers - Who are we..:

@cochise said in Wests Tigers - Who are we..:

@mikey said in Wests Tigers - Who are we..:

@cochise said in Wests Tigers - Who are we..:

We are in the black because we get a grant from a Leagues Club and spend less than other teams on the football department, want to stay small than play in small grounds.

A big ground doesn’t make you big - small venue doesnt make you small.

Success on the other hand does help you to grow - and that is our major problem. That problem wasn’t caused by a venue but a series of endless internal problems and bad decisions over time.

Yes, money is a necessity in a professional sport but the argument a big ground will get us there doesn’t quite equate to me.

Apart from Suncorp those large stadiums rarely have a large crowd - if anything it makes league look bad and is an indication of a game selling its soul.

Older grounds don’t give you the facilities to maximise that the return on that success. We are already spending less than other clubs.

Do you have stats to support either of those points?
I watch a lot of games but it is only on the very rare occasion that a suburban ground gets sold out - bigger venues virtually never, even for finals.
We clearly have different viewpoints on this - respect yours but beg to differ.

That makes sense. We have GF attendance records that will stand for eternity. Odd, don’t you think? Considering the rate of population increase in this country.

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@GNR4LIFE said in Grand Final '20 predictions & live thread:

@BalmainJnr said in Grand Final '20 predictions & live thread:

https://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/australia-blasts-phil-goulds-biased-commentary-in-nrl-grand-final/news-story/7c1cbe80a1b878a998352060ecfe4854

It’s obvious what 9 wanted the narrative to be. It was Penrith’s night and Melbourne were just supposed to be there. Thankfully with the Storm dominating for 70 minutes, it made it funny. It only got mildly annoying in the last 10 minutes when they started to get excited thinking the unthinkable was possible. Gus and his “young Panthers” every 5 minutes, and going on how he’s seen them come back 20 times, then getting his ego stroked when they started to come back again. He’d have taken so much credit if Penrith had won. You can only imagine the rubbish he’d have been saying had we been watching Penrith celebrate at the end “I knew this day was going to come. These young Panthers always had it in them”. Instead, he must have left the box because he did not say a word. Karma got him last night as good as it got Ivan.

😂Gould was talking more like a second in a boxing match with his charge outclassed. 😂 at times I was wondering what he was seeing? Panthers were down 16-0 but they were still winning 😂

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@gallagher said in Wests Tigers - Who are we..:

@TillLindemann said in Wests Tigers - Who are we..:

@gallagher said in Wests Tigers - Who are we..:

Home is just whever you lay your hat. Parra, Homebush or SFS would do but it has to be full-time.

But why? The Dragons don’t seem to mind playing at Kogarah and Wollongong.

I honestly don’t see what is wrong with splitting games, especially when we have a geographically diverse fan base.

Tell me why a club would have 3 venues in one city?

I don’t know mate. It sounds as stupid as having different colours and design on playing gear each week.

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Congratulations to Ryan Papenhuyzen for a brilliant performance in the Storms GF win over Penrith. Deservedly awarded MoM award.

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@voice_of_reason said in Grand Final '20 predictions & live thread:

Noticeably, the Panther’s defensive line speed has vanished.

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