Infotainment Factory: Gould: How NRL clubs are being taken for a ride

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Gould: How NRL clubs are being taken for a ride


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Premiership winning coach Phil Gould says he doesn’t understand why clubs negotiate contracts that allow players to leave before the end of the deal.

Brisbane halfback Kodi Nikorima seems set to sign a rich deal with the Warriors, despite being contracted to the Broncos until the end of the 2020 season.

However the final year of his Brisbane contract is an option in his favour, meaning he would effectively be free to leave at the end of 2019.

“If you give a player the option as to whether he wants extra years, he’s only going to take that up if he’s got no other options, which means he’s not worth the money,” Gould said on his Six Tackles with Gus podcast.

“Under what circumstances does Kodi Nikorima say he now wants to leave? Other than the fact the Warriors are now offering more money?

“I’ve never ever given the player, under normal circumstances, the option to go for any particular reason, other than the end of his contract, or if the club decides they no longer need him. That’s always the negotiated position.”

Nikorima is believed to be close to agreeing a monster deal to join the Warriors, which will reportedly double his salary. As part of the long term deal, Nikorima would join the Auckland-based club immediately.

He won’t play for Brisbane in this week’s grudge match against the Wayne Bennett-coached South Sydney, with Broncos coach Anthony Seibold admitting he couldn’t guarantee Nikorima’s future at the club beyond 2020.

While Gould is adamant players shouldn’t be free to walk, he does admit there’s always room to move if both club and player want to move on.

“It might suit the Broncos anyway, they’ve got a few good young halfbacks in the pipeline. I don’t think they’re totally convinced that he’s (Nikorima) the ying and yang to Anthony Milford either,” Gould said.

“It might suit both parties, if that’s the case, well contracts can be negotiated.

“I just find it funny that at this stage, they’d be releasing a player of his quality.

“It’s obvious that’s where it’s going, the Broncos must have their reasons.”

Brisbane are set to hand a debut to teenager halfback Tom Dearden, and Gould says Nikorima might be quickly forgotten if the 18-year-old lives up to the hype.

“This boy (Dearden) might come out Thursday night and prove to be a superstar.

“The drums have been beating for a while about him, and they’ve got a couple of other young number sevens up there that have shown potential.

“There’s always been this thought that this kid would come in and be an instant success, so it will be interesting to see him go around on Thursday night.”

Premiership winning coach Phil Gould says he doesn’t understand why clubs negotiate contracts that allow players to leave before the end of the deal.

Brisbane halfback Kodi Nikorima seems set to sign a rich deal with the Warriors, despite being contracted to the Broncos until the end of the 2020 season.

However the final year of his Brisbane contract is an option in his favour, meaning he would effectively be free to leave at the end of 2019.

“If you give a player the option as to whether he wants extra years, he’s only going to take that up if he’s got no other options, which means he’s not worth the money,” Gould said on his Six Tackles with Gus podcast.

“Under what circumstances does Kodi Nikorima say he now wants to leave? Other than the fact the Warriors are now offering more money?

“I’ve never ever given the player, under normal circumstances, the option to go for any particular reason, other than the end of his contract, or if the club decides they no longer need him. That’s always the negotiated position.”

Nikorima is believed to be close to agreeing a monster deal to join the Warriors, which will reportedly double his salary. As part of the long term deal, Nikorima would join the Auckland-based club immediately.

He won’t play for Brisbane in this week’s grudge match against the Wayne Bennett-coached South Sydney, with Broncos coach Anthony Seibold admitting he couldn’t guarantee Nikorima’s future at the club beyond 2020.

While Gould is adamant players shouldn’t be free to walk, he does admit there’s always room to move if both club and player want to move on.

“It might suit the Broncos anyway, they’ve got a few good young halfbacks in the pipeline. I don’t think they’re totally convinced that he’s (Nikorima) the ying and yang to Anthony Milford either,” Gould said.

“It might suit both parties, if that’s the case, well contracts can be negotiated.

“I just find it funny that at this stage, they’d be releasing a player of his quality.

“It’s obvious that’s where it’s going, the Broncos must have their reasons.”

Brisbane are set to hand a debut to teenager halfback Tom Dearden, and Gould says Nikorima might be quickly forgotten if the 18-year-old lives up to the hype.

“This boy (Dearden) might come out Thursday night and prove to be a superstar.

“The drums have been beating for a while about him, and they’ve got a couple of other young number sevens up there that have shown potential.

“There’s always been this thought that this kid would come in and be an instant success, so it will be interesting to see him go around on Thursday night.”

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