NRL News 2022, Mark Levy Column, The Story of the Penn Has Agreement in the Brisbane Broncos

A common question in modern day games is – what is the value of an NRL contract when players can claim to have taken the toy off the bed?

Paine Haas has done me no favors over the last few days and I certainly have no sympathy for him, and neither do the paying members of the Broncos.

The 22-year-old was in a Brisbane jersey at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night and he must have thought he was playing for New South Wales at the Origin Arena, every time he touched football, he was proud.

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I think fans have a right to deny them a smile because he’s making 750,000 a season and he still has two years on his current contract.

Origin Front-Roar is lucky to still have a string of off-field events in which a female police officer is still playing the game after being intimidated.

Give me the name of an employer who feels comfortable hiring someone who clearly has no respect for the thin blue line.

Haas admitted to being “disturbed” by the boos on Friday night and the whole thing hit me as a pathetic attempt to get a percentage from a potential new deal from his new management team where he would make more money.

You can blame his management, but they are working for Payne Haas who came out of this to look like a greedy footballer.

Why can’t NRL coaches speak their minds?

Where are we going as a game when coaches and players can’t speak their minds at press conferences and diehard rugby league fans are criticized for blabbering on like someone who wants to leave their football club?

The Manly Sea Eagles have been fined $ 25,000 after Des Hasler claimed that the paramatman eagles were “logged up” by match officials at Combank Stadium a fortnight ago and a few days later Josh Alloy echoed the feeling that the referee did a bad job. .

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Do those comments raise questions about the honesty of match officials?

If they exceed the mark, why did it take the NRL a whole week to issue a breach notice? Were they forensically analyzing or were they waiting for the Sea Eagles to dig deeper?

For the record, I thought the ongoing verbal attacks from Hasler went a long way, but what would you expect from an angry coach who thinks his team has just collapsed in a big game and he was forced to answer media questions 30 minutes later. Fulltime siren?

If Hasler refuses to speak to the media because he is too hot under the collar, he is fined by the NRL, and if the coach shuts off some steam at the press conference under constant questioning by reporters looking for headlines, he is also fined – is that fair?

Remember, the desk medical staff had just told him that he had lost his best player Tom Trobozevic for the rest of the season. The poor man had a mental breakdown.

There is no explanation from the referees right after the game and what we get from NRL headquarters is a weekly review at 2:30 pm on Monday from football chief Graham Annesley, who has been given ample time to study multiple replays and sit down with the referee. Coaches form a response to the media.

ARLC chairman Peter V’Landis did not shy away from a 2GB interview with Ben Fordham on Friday, saying “Des Hasler is a great man and a great man, but he was out of discipline in criticizing the referee’s honesty.”

“She shouldn’t have done that. That referee (Cummins) has a family. She has self-esteem, she’s got her mental health. You don’t just go and attack someone’s integrity like that.”

“I know it’s a passionate game and it’s a tribal game and we all have a grudge against referees, but that’s why referees in junior games are abused by the guardians’ guardians because they see that someone in Des Husler’s position has been ripped off. A referee when you shouldn’t be – You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. “

Yes, Mr. V’Landis has made some valid points, but the ARL Commission has to take some responsibility for the frustration of the rules as the commissioners themselves have made a lot of changes in the rule books and interpretations.

The rule of thumb is a fair dinkum joke that changes from week to week, some tackles have been punished as a result of crackdowns on high communication, accidental communication means nothing more and we have left out other incidents.

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ARLC chairman and NRL boss Andrew Abdor has a key role to play in protecting match officials from this attack, but the coaches are under the same amount of pressure and there is no one to protect them while they are in the head-cutting block.

I think a financial penalty was enough for Des Hasler and let’s face it, he’s not the first coach and he won’t end up verbally with match officials after the controversial game of football.

‘Sir Johnston’ became King of Redfern

South Sydney legends Clive Churchill, Bob McCarthy and John Sattler are considered rugby league royalties, and Alex Johnston’s coronation took place at Acre Stadium on Saturday night when local junior Nathan Merritt passed and became the club’s highest scorer.

Johnston has 147 tries in 178 appearances for the NRL’s oldest and most successful club, and statisticians will tell you that any player has the best strike rate since former St. George winger Nathan Blacklock, who made 121 tries in 142 games since 1995. 2004.

Veteran broadcaster David Morrow called on the 2GB’s Continuous Call team the moment Johnston broke his third attempt victory record against the West Tigers, announcing the arrival of “Sir Alex Johnston” “Thirsty”.

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It is inconceivable that the 27-year-old Rabbitoha would have moved away from the Redfern almost a few seasons ago and Johnston could have ended his career at another club if he had not been pressured by fans like Adam Reynolds. .

The South Sydney winger still has plenty of feet in front of him and tries even harder, which raises the question – why can he overtake Arvin as the game’s all-time leading scorer?

Irwin has played 236 games for North Sydney and Manley, averaging 212 tries. Billy Slater is second on the list of tri-scorers with 190, followed by Steve Menzies (180), Brett Morris (176), Andrew Atingshausen (165) and Terry Lamb (164).

With Johnston contracted in South Sydney by the end of 2025 and the flyer crossing the white line every 1.21 matches, I calculate he will need 78 more games to be the greatest tri-scorer in the history of the Premiership.

Sir Alex Johnston, we congratulate you.

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