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Mooooooooooooooooove!
at 14:04 6 Jun 2020

They look like every Wayne Bennett team over the past 5 years or so.

Mitchell is overweight and playing out of position. You can get away with the former a little bit more playing at centre, but not at FB.
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Mooooooooooooooooove!
at 13:06 5 Jun 2020

Roosters looking like HMS Dreadnought in the early rounds.

Souths looking like a tug boat.
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Charlton
at 17:33 2 Jun 2020

Taylor owes Charlton nothing, beyond the end of June. Yes, he's been paid during lockdown (the club's side of the contract) but he's also been available for fixtures (his side of the contract). The games being postponed is neither here nor there in terms of the contract. Taylor remains contractually-bound to play any games held before his contract expires - i.e. the end of June. Whether Charlton want him to, given that it might only be 1 or 2 games, is another question.

When Covd-19 first struck everyone was saying "just extend the contracts" and I said on here that it wasn't that simple. The law's very clear that the club and player would have to agree to extend. A further point I made was that an out of contract player would be foolish to agree to an extension if he knew he would be leaving the club at the end of the season - whether by his choice or the club's. If he did agree to extend, played those games and got a serious injury he'd be left without a contract for the following season and no income, medical, etc.
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Mooooooooooooooooove!
at 15:51 30 May 2020

Williams is another of those players I'd pegged as a flat track bully, but what a performance today. Shows what I know.

Warriors with a 45/47 completion rate which is insane - and the most un-Warriors like performance imaginable.
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Mooooooooooooooooove!
at 18:16 29 May 2020

I was dubious at first too but it works quite well. Probably because it feels like a general background noice that rises and falls rather than someone banging a drum or playing 2 Unlimited.

Early days, but I like the new six-again rule. And I never liked having 2 refs so I'm glad to see that's been changed. The games have definitely been quick.
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Mooooooooooooooooove!
at 18:07 29 May 2020

It's not so much a lack of effort, but more the determination to impose themselves on a game that isn't going their way. I don't see Souths' spine having that attitude.
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Mooooooooooooooooove!
at 12:20 29 May 2020

Souths have a few players who look the business but, in the Aussie vernacular, lack a bit of ticker. Mitchell being a case in point. Losing Inglis, Sutton and Big Sam has really hurt this club. And, of course, there's Mr Bennett who should have retired a few years ago.

Good job I'm drinking, this game could get very messy.
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Mooooooooooooooooove!
at 03:48 29 May 2020

No, the bars, gyms, restaurants etc are still shut.
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Mooooooooooooooooove!
at 17:06 28 May 2020

I'm in Singapore, so the Bunnies game kicks off at 6pm. Means I can have a beer or three during the game and still have time to have dinner with the Mrs afterwards.

Also, having no sport to watch for so long means I've saved up enough credits to watch as many games as I want now the NRL is back. Boom!
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Mooooooooooooooooove!
at 13:49 28 May 2020

Nice little warm up game today, Mr Sheen, before the big one tomorrow.

Carn the Bunnies!!!!!!!!
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Clubs in financial trouble
at 05:54 23 May 2020

Sure, but it took £100million of Bentham's money to reach that point.
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Our great 80's team panini then and now
at 04:37 24 Apr 2020

It's noticeable how many of them have had their teeth fixed in the years since.
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Rewind 75/76
at 04:34 24 Apr 2020

If you read Dave Sexton's Tackle Soccer book an awful lot of it is about the counter attacking football he had us playing. Not just the tactical side of it, but the skillset and attitude it required from the players too. Very interesting book.
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Players asked to take a 50% pay cut
at 08:31 23 Apr 2020

Who to? Outside of a handful of mega rich clubs no-one else has any money to be buying players. When Arsenal are making pay cuts (not deferments but cuts) of 12% then the writing is on the wall for everyone.

Players - and more particularly their agents - are going to find they are operating in an entirely different environment when this lockdown ends (whenever that is).
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Furlough, there's only one Furlough
at 04:20 2 Apr 2020

If games aren't being played, I'd doubt the TV revenue is being paid. Seeing as very few sports clubs in this country ever make a profit, never mind put money aside for a rainy day, there won't be many of them able to meet their outgoings while this situation continues.

Once everyone accepts that there's not going to be any sport for a good few months to come, more and more will furlough off-field staff and ask players to accept pay cuts. With one or two exceptions clubs just won't have the money to continue paying what they contractually owe - some owners might step in to cover the losses, but lots won't.

The PFA's position is that it should instead be a wage deferment not a pay cut, but there's no collective bargaining agreement so in reality each club will negotiate with its players, with the PFA offering guidance to players. They'll take the cut, they know they have little choice - people are dying, a massive recession is on its way, and holding out would make them look incredibly ignorant and selfish.
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Other non football teams you support/folllow
at 01:53 26 Mar 2020

London Broncos (rugby league - there's a few Rangers pop down there)
Middlesex (cricket)
Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Souths (NRL)

All of my teams are, as I like to call them, character building.
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Spurs and Us
at 01:56 25 Mar 2020

We finished top that year, Spurs seventh, and both clubs wanted to apply to join the Football League. Supposedly both had been given the wink beforehand and, because the FL and SL were separate competitions, it was necessary to resign from the SL in order to apply to the FL. When the FL clubs voted on it, both QPR and Spurs were rejected. Both appealed, ours being unsuccessful but Spurs getting approved. There may (or may not) have been some dodgy dealings going on ahead of the second vote.

So QPR were forced to apply to re-join the SL, who accepted us, but in the meantime Spurs took most of our best players for their new adventure in the FL.
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Broncos v Bunnies - Match Thread
at 18:28 21 Mar 2020

Loved seeing the guy whose house backed onto Leichhardt Oval had scaffolding erected at the bottom of his garden so he and his mates could watch the footie. And they had a keg with them too, so no need to pop back inside for another beer. Brilliant stuff.
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players contracts...
at 17:00 17 Mar 2020

As I said in the above post, you can't force out of contract players to extend their contracts.

Scenario 1
You're an out of contract player, and you know that your current club doesn't want you for next season, but you've got another club lined up. But in order to complete the fixtures this summer your current club want you to extend by two months because they can't sign anyone else. You agree to it and then get a serious injury. Now you find yourself out of contract, the current club doesn't want you, the other club doesn't either because you're no use to them, and you're facing a long time on the sidelines with no money coming in.

It's a risk every out of contract player would have to consider. Would you sign that 2 month extension? I don't think I would.

Scenario 2
Two clubs fighting relegation. One manages to convince all of its out of contract players to extend their contracts, the other doesn't. The second one gets relegated. They've played 80% of the season with one squad but through not fault of their own find themselves without players during this summer extension. Do you think that's fair? I don't. I'd be livid if I owned/supported that club. And the financial impact of relegation could destroy a club.

Honestly, there is no easy way through this. I don't envy any of the sports governing bodies right now. They've got a hell of a job on to navigate through this.
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players contracts...
at 16:41 17 Mar 2020

A general principle of contract law is that one can only be altered by those who are a party to it, so here we're talking about the players and the clubs they are signed to play football for. No-one else - be it FA, government, EU - can alter that contract because they are not a party to it. In this instance that would mean each and every individual out of contract player would have to agree to extend their contracts with their club.

To legislate in the way you are suggesting would fundamentally alter the nature of a contract, and of contract law, for every single contract ever signed in this country.
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