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The NRL tactic that would rid the AFL of a massive fixture ‘nightmare’ - Fox Sports
The AFL has a perfect opportunity this season to solve a frequent “nightmare” in its fixturing, according to three former footy stars.
A four-week fixture was revealed by the AFL on Monday, with Collingwood and Richmond kicking off the first of many Thursday night fixtures, while a 6.05pm timeslot will see three back-to-back games on Sunday. But there remains overlap between the two games on Saturday night, with two games scheduled at the same time. Why AFL won't copy NRL 1:59 Get your footy fix on KAYO ahead of live matches returning soon. Watch classic battles from the 60s to today, docos, news and more. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly > The overlap continues to frustrate some in the AFL community, who believe the league could adopt the NRLs fixturing plan and play back-to-back games, rather than have them on simultaneously, to give each match breathing space. Its a nightmare, triple premiership Lion Jonathan Brown said on Fox Footy Live. Saturday night is still frustrating. With games being shorter this year, youd love them to get a head start by about an hour because I think you can get the gist of the first game and if its no good you can flick over if youre a supporter, To play them both at 7.30 or 7.40, thats hard. Youve got to choose between what could be two great games. Fixture favours Ablett 1:51 Triple All-Australian Nick Dal Santo said the competition should have moved past the overlap by now. I think were at the stage as a competition in terms of fixturing that we should never have a game that overlaps, he said on Fox Sports News. Now I know the Thursday night, it spreads out the round over four days or four nights, but I think we are in the situation where we should never have a game overlapping. So if that means that we have to extend out the days played, I think that's rightly so. Without speaking on behalf of Australia, I think a lot of families will be sitting down on a Sunday night watching live sport on Fox Footy and I think it's the best way to go about it. Brownlow Medallist Gerard Healy agreed, saying the Sunday template in the current fixture should serve as an example for the league moving forward. LISTEN TO THE FOX FOOTY PODCAST FIXTURE SPECIAL - TOM MORRIS AND MAX LAUGHTON ANALYSE WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOUR AFL CLUB If youre on a mobile, tap here to listen The one thing I love about it is the stretched format of Sunday, he said. I hate overlap games and I hope Travis Auld has a solution for Saturday night. Speaking on Fox Footy Live, the AFLs fixture boss Travis Auld explained why a back-to-back Friday night fixture hasnt happened yet, suggesting Thursday night games are more preferable. We havent because the prioritisation around fan access, he said. A game that early we find on a Friday night makes it difficult for people to get home and pick up the kids and head to the footy. The short answer is no, we feel weve been able to accommodate with the Thursday nights enough of those big games and then spread out the rest of the round. Blockbusters galore for AFL 2:44 It couldve (happened) this year I suppose given were not concerned with crowds but we feel like where weve reached with the Thursday nights will work quite well. We also think theres an opportunity for more Thursday nights were pretty comfortable with the way its panned out. We had those discussions particularly with our broadcast partners to see what their preference would be and it landed on Thursday through to Sundays it also works well for the clubs because it helps you manage days breaks and obviously thats pretty important when youre flying around the country.
Raiders star Bateman permitted to talk to other clubs after $800k demand - Fox Sports
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Canberra Raiders have been forced into giving English international John Bateman permission to test his value on the NRL open market with rival clubs. The development comes after Fox Sports revealed the Dally M backrower of the years management has asked the Raiders for a release on at least four occasions since the grand final. Round 3 Kayo is your ticket to the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership, returning Thursday 28th May. Watch every game Live & On-Demand with no-ad breaks during play. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly > Bateman, believed to be on a deal worth around $580,000 a season, has been pushing for a contract upgrade worth upwards of the $800,000 mark. Fox Sports has learned of the story through rival NRL clubs who were surprised when Batemans name was mentioned as being available despite being contracted to the Raiders until the end of 2021. 'This year will mean more' 2:46 Bateman, 26, is contracted to the Green Machine until the end of 2021 and is currently recovering from shoulder surgery. The Raiders rejected the repeated release requests over summer and will maintain the England forward has a contract in the national capital until the end of 2021. But persistent agitating from Batemans new agent, Isaac Moses, has forced the club to allow the Dally M backrower of the year to test his value with rival clubs. MORE NRL NEWS SOUTHS OR BRONCOS? Walker ban opens door for Bennetts fifth ex-Brisbane star FULL DRAW: Every game, every round and who YOUR team plays twice DRAW ANALYSIS: Every clubs draw rated using stats, from toughest to easiest The English backrower will be unavailable for the Raiders round three showdown with arch rivals Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park as the clubs medical staff continue to focus on correctly rehabilitating his shoulder. Bateman initially began making noises about his contract situation in grand final week last year. Holmes takes the lie detector 4:48 The contract debate came out of left field at the time. The issues arose when Bateman switched managers from his English agent to the Australian-based Moses. There was a suggestion at the time Bateman had a get-out clause but this is not the case. Bateman has been shopped to rival clubs ever since. Moses is one of the highest profile agents in the game. When contacted by Fox Sports Moses denied he had asked for a release, saying: Youre wrong. Youll see the full story. Fox Sports stands by the story and has since learned the Raiders have been forced to give Bateman permission to look around. MORE NRL NEWS LIVE UPDATES: All of the latest news ahead of the season restart UNPOPULAR OPINIONS: Five NRL predictions you probably wont like NOT AGAIN: Fresh setback for injury-prone star on eve of NRL comeback The Green Machine is currently preparing for its latest mission to AAMI Park to meet arch rivals Melbourne Storm. The recent history between these two clubs has produced some ripping games none better than when the Raiders twice upset the Storm last season. Braith's Roosters concern 6:31 Melbourne will have next Saturday May 30 marked on the calendar as an opportunity to get square for their upset loss in week one of last years finals series. While everyone is talking up the Eels against the Broncos and the Roosters against the Rabbitohs, the best game of the relaunched NRL competition will most likely come out of AAMI Park. The Canberra Raiders have rejected four release requests from English international John Batemans management since last years grand final.
Revealed: Raiders superstar John Bateman asked club FOUR times to let him go over pay feud - Fox Sports
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The Canberra Raiders have rejected four release requests from English international John Batemans management since last years grand final. Bateman, 26, is contracted to the Green Machine until the end of 2021 and is currently recovering from shoulder surgery. Round 3 Kayo is your ticket to the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership, returning Thursday 28th May. Watch every game Live & On-Demand with no-ad breaks during play. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly > The Raiders rejected the repeated release requests over summer and will maintain the England forward has a contract in the national capital until the end of 2021. The English backrower will be unavailable for the Raiders round three showdown with arch rivals Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park as the clubs medical staff continue to focus on correctly rehabilitating his shoulder. V'landys: We were spooked 1:34 Bateman, named Dally M second rower of the year last season after a breakout first year in the NRL with Canberra, initially began making noises about his contract situation in grand final week. The contract debate came out of left field at the time. The issues arose when Bateman switched managers from his English agent to the Australian-based Isaac Moses. Moses is one of the highest profile agents in the game. MORE NRL NEWS LIVE UPDATES: All of the latest news ahead of the season restart UNPOPULAR OPINIONS: Five NRL predictions you probably wont like NOT AGAIN: Fresh setback for injury-prone star on eve of NRL comeback SOUTHS OR BRONCOS? Walker ban opens door for Bennetts fifth ex-Brisbane star FULL DRAW: Every game, every round and who YOUR team plays twice DRAW ANALYSIS: Every clubs draw rated using stats, from toughest to easiest The England forwards management has since made at least four approaches to the Raiders and attempted to argue Bateman could sign a more lucrative contract elsewhere. But the Raiders will hold firm and maintain Bateman has a contract until the end of 2021. LISTEN! I was Driving A Death Machine on The Matty Johns Podcast At home with the Johnses discuss if you were a Wizard of Oz character, Joeys birthday, the best and worst of Cooper and the start of the NRL season! ON YOUR PHONE? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN The Green Machine is currently preparing for its latest mission to AAMI Park to meet arch rivals Melbourne Storm. The recent history between these two clubs has produced some ripping games none better than when the Raiders twice upset the Storm last season. Melbourne will have next Saturday May 30 marked on the calendar as an opportunity to get square for their upset loss in week one of last years finals series. While everyone is talking up the Eels against the Broncos and the Roosters against the Rabbitohs, the best game of the relaunched NRL competition will most likely come out of AAMI Park. Referees uproar threatens NRL 1:06
QLD Reds trio terminate Rugby Australia contracts over pay stand-off - Fox Sports
Queensland Reds trio Izack Rodda, Harry Hockings and Isaac Lucas have sensationally ended their stand-off with Rugby Australia by terminating their contracts.
The group had refused to take pay cuts of an average 60 per cent that their Australian Super Rugby counterparts accepted, prompting the Reds to stand them down ahead of Mondays return to training. On Friday the players agent Anthony Picone argued the Reds had no legal grounds to do so, in confirming the termination of their RA and Queensland Rugby Union contracts. Watch Bledisloe Cup Classics with Kayo. New to Kayo? Get your free trial and start streaming instantly > Tahs players 'OK' with cuts 0:58 That claim comes despite RA, through director of rugby Scott Johnson, supporting QRU chief executive David Hanhams decision earlier this week. Rodda was reportedly at odds with Reds coach Brad Thorn and seeking a move to a rival Australian team, while Lucas and Hockings were both said to be assessing their options overseas. Johnson was keen to mediate and hoped a resolution could be reached to ensure the trio remained at the Reds, or at least in Australian rugby, given all three were part of the Wallabies future plans. Those hopes appear to be fading fast though, with Picone in a statement labelling the QRUs actions repudiatory conduct that forced his hand when the organisation failed to retreat this week. The statement said the players had arrived at their decisions because of the enormous uncertainty surrounding the financial state of rugby, including the lack of a broadcast deal, and ability for contracts to be honoured into the future. This is their livelihood. It is only reasonable that talented players want to secure stable employment during these times, Picone said. Gregan optimistic on Mclennan 5:03 Rodda (23), who has 25 Test caps, and Lucas (21) were both contracted until 2023 while Hockings (21) was off contract but in talks for an extension. Picone has long ruffled feathers at the Reds, last year arranging a move to Japan for captain Samu Kerevi while also facilitating the exits of Will Genia and Liam Gill. The NewStar Sports agent said he was disappointed this situation had played out publicly and called for RAs new chairman Hamish McLennan and interim chief executive Rob Clarke to adopt a more nuanced approach to player relationships and player movement. It would be wise for the Reds and RA to maintain amicable relationships with these players, he said. The future is uncertain, but we should always have as many players in the tent as possible. The trio were the only players of the 192 Australian Super Rugby professionals to baulk at the salary hits that will be revised once a schedule and broadcast deal is finalised for the truncated competition due to begin in July. The QRU and RA were contacted for comment. Jantjies talks RSA Rugby 8:43 The trio were accused of dogging their teammates by former Wallaby Greg Martin earlier this week. Its a team game and everyone thought everyone was rock solid, Martin said on Triple M. They all agreed nearly a month ago to the pay cuts. Why did they stick their hand up now? Theyve dogged their teammates. Thats exactly what has happened here. Theyve given their teammates up. MATESHIP: Rivals defend Reds trio accused of dogging their teammates But Brumbies star Lachlan McCaffrey defended his rival players, saying they were well within their rights to look for more money elsewhere. I understand the whole loyalty thing in sport, but in any other industry or job say youre a banker and you get put on the JobKeeper or you get a 65-70 per cent pay cut, and a different bank offers you a job where theyre paying 100 per cent of your income and you can buy a house or get ahead in life no-one in society would judge that person, McCaffrey said on the Big Sports Breakfast. For some reason when sports stars do it, everyone comes down on them.
NRL 2020: Braith Anasta’s huge ‘question marks’ over Flanagan-led Roosters after title hopes rocked by draw - Fox Sports
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Former Rooster Braith Anasta says he has big concerns over the Chooks premiership chances after they were handed a tough draw to reboot the 2020 NRL season. The Bondi club, aiming to go for a third straight title under Trent Robinson, will have to play the Souths, St George-Illawarra, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne twice in what some have deemed one of the toughest fixtures lists of any side. Kayo is your ticket to the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership, returning Thursday 28th May. Watch every game Live & On-Demand with no-ad breaks during play. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly > Round 3 Braith's Roosters concern 6:31 It prompted chairman Nick Politis to ban the use of the word draw in an explosive interview with foxsports.com.au on Thursday. Despite their win in the World Club Challenge over St Helens, the Roosters landed back in Australia and fell to Penrith and Manly. Now with a shortened campaign, Anasta is concerned that the Chooks, who play the Bunnies in Round 3, are facing an uphill struggle. MORE NRL NEWS POWERHOUSE: The giant club inspiring Seibolds Broncos new selection policy THE BIG O: Olsen Filipaina, the garbo who made a wally out of the King TRANSFER CENTRE: Broncos 200-gamer quits; Warriors land young Raider Robbo and those guys will be planning, but I look at it as an expert analyst and as someone whos trying to dissect a side, Anasta told Fox League Live, in the company of Cooper Cronk. I think they have Flanagan in there, they dont have the security of having Cooper [Cronk] there. They dont have Latrell [Mitchell] there, theyve got the Morris brothers over now. If Flanagan doesn't work, they didn't look their best rounds 1 and 2 and looked a bit clunky not their usual Roosters self. Latrell Mitchell and Cooper Cronk have left the RoostersSource: News Corp Australia If they don't get it right the first couple of rounds [the World Club Challenge] I wasnt sold by that. Me, myself, I had a few questions marks. Im honest and I love what I saw and it was great to see the Roosters win but Ive got concerns that theyre going to miss you a lot. MORE NRL NEWS FULL DRAW: Every game, every round and who YOUR team plays twice DRAW ANALYSIS: Every clubs draw rated using stats, from toughest to easiest INGLIS EXPLAINED: Alcohol ban, sad 12 months and why England is the best move Cronk, however, urged caution. He knew from his own experience that Robinson has got off to bad starts as Roosters boss, but that the coach knew exactly how to navigate his side through choppy waters. Abdo releases NRL schedule 4:31 To give some insight to Trent Robinson, and to the point, is he concerned? I remember when I moved over to the Roosters in 2018. We were four and four, and we got smashed by the Dragons on Anzac Day, said Cronk. Everyone was coming for us big time, for Teddy, for me, for Trent. Robbo never flinched. MORE NRL NEWS LIVE UPDATES: All of the latest news ahead of the season restart UNDER PRESSURE: Five coaches feeling the most heat in shortened NRL season HOW IT HAPPENED: Inside the secret conversations that linked GI up to Warrington GI RETURN: Inglis set for shock rugby league comeback 13 months after retirement He still stuck by the systems, he did the same process and he just knew the way that we were training and the incremental differences and the changes we were adding to our game, he was very confident that there was an upward trajectory. Cooper Cronk (right) says Trent Robinson (left) will have his troops readySource: AAP Its going to be exactly the same thing. Yes, theres question marks over their first two rounds, but that wont change the way they go about it. Theyll train with more intensity, theyll be more focused on the little things, because if you do enough of the little things it brings through the good performances.
Transfer Centre: McCullough quits Brisbane for Newcastle, Warriors add young forward - Fox Sports
The Newcastle Knights have signed Andrew McCullough from the Brisbane Broncos on a deal for the remainder of the season. The three-game Queensland and 260-game Broncos hooker was out of contract later this year and joins at a time when the Knights are without Jayden Brailey. Round 3 The off-season signing from Cronulla is out for the season after he suffered an ACL injury in Round 2. Kayo is your ticket to the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership, returning Thursday 28th May. Watch every game Live & On-Demand with no-ad breaks during play. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly > Andrew is a quality defensive player with a consistent passing game and kick threat, Knights coach Adam OBrien said. Hes a senior player with maturity which will only compliment Mitchell Pearce, Kurt Mann and Kalyn Ponga in the spine. I am looking forward to having him join our roster ahead of the 2020 season resumption. Elsewhere, the Warriors have added Canberras Jack Murchie on a year-long deal to complement their depleted forward stocks. The 22-year-old joins at a time when the Warriors are desperately short of middle forwards with Leeson Ah Mau, Jazz Tevaga, Nathaniel Roache, Jackson Frei and Bunty Afoa all out with injuries. FULL NRL CONTRACT LIST PO = player option, CO = club option, MO = mutual option BRONCOS 2020 squad: Jesse Arthars (2021) Jack Bird (2020, PO 21), Darius Boyd (2020, MO 21), Patrick Carrigan (2022), Xavier Coates (2021), Brodie Croft (2022), Thomas Dearden (2021), Herbie Farnworth (2020), David Fifita (2020), Thomas Flegler (2021), Alex Glenn (2021), Payne Haas (2024), Jamil Hopoate (2020), Jamayne Isaako (2022), Jordan Kahu (2020), Richie Kennar (2020), Rhys Kennedy (2020), Matt Lodge (2022, PO 23, 24), Anthony Milford (2021), Corey Oates (2020, PO 21, 22), Joe Ofahengaue (2022), Sean OSullivan (2020), Cory Paix (2022), Keenan Palasia (2021), Tevita Pangai Jr (2022), Izaia Perese (2020), Kotoni Staggs (2021), Jake Turpin (2020, PO 21, 22), Ilikena Vudogo (2020) Gains: Brodie Croft (Storm), Jordan Kahu (Cowboys), Jesse Arthars (Titans), Ilikena Vudogo, Keenan Palasia, Jamil Hopoate, Xavier Coates (upgraded from development deals) Losses: Troy Dargan (Rabbitohs), Gehamat Shibasaki (Knights), Matt Gillett, Shaun Fensom, Sam Tagataese (all retired), George Fai (rugby union), Patrick Mago (Rabbitohs), James Segeyaro (unsigned), Andrew McCullough (Knights) 2021 losses: Darius Boyd (retirement) New deal: Anthony Milford (2021, player option) Coach: Anthony Seibold (2023) Walker allegedly blackmailed 0:37 RAIDERS 2020 squad: John Bateman (2021), JJ Collins (2020), Nick Cotric (2020), Jarrod Croker (2024), Emre Guler (2021), Matt Frawley (2020), Siliva Havili (2020, PO 21), Josh Hodgson (2022), Corey Horsburgh (2022), Sebastian Kris (2020), Dunamis Lui (2021), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (2023), Michael Oldfield (2020), Josh Papalii (2022), Curtis Scott (2023), Bailey Simonsson (2023), Harley Smith-Shields (2021), Sia Soliola (2020), Tom Starling (2020), Ryan Sutton (2022), Joe Tapine (2023), Semi Valemei (2021), Elliott Whitehead (2022), Jack Wighton (2024), George Williams (2022), Sam Williams (2021), Hudson Young (2021), Jordan Rapana (2020) Gains: George Williams (Wigan), Curtis Scott (Storm), Tom Starling, Harley Smith-Shields (upgraded from development deals) Losses: Joey Leilua (Tigers), Aidan Sezer (Huddersfield), Reuben Porter (train and trial), Brad Abbey, Royce Hunt (Sharks), Ata Hingano (Mackay Cutters), Luke Bateman (time away, mid-season), Jack Murchie (Warriors) New deal: Jordan Rapana (from rugby for 2020), Jarrod Croker (2024) Coach: Ricky Stuart (2023) Remembering Arthur Summons 7:03 BULLDOGS 2020 squad: Jake Averillo (2021), Dean Britt (2021) Jack Cogger (2020), Christian Crichton (2021), Adam Elliott (2020), Raymond Faitala-Mariner (2020), Kieran Foran (2020), Corey Harawira-Naera (2022), Morgan Harper (2020), Kerrod Holland (2020), Will Hopoate (2021), Josh Jackson (2023), Sione Katoa (2021), Lachlan Lewis (2021), Jeremy Marshall-King (2021), Nick Meaney (2021), Marcelo Montoya (2020), Dylan Napa (2021), Ofahiki Ogden (2021), Jayden Okunbor (2021), Chris Smith (2021), Reimis Smith (2021), Joe Stimson (2022), Sauaso Sue (2020), Isaiah Tass (2020), Aiden Tolman (2020), Renouf Toomaga (2021), Brandon Wakeham (2020), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (2022). Gains: Joe Stimson (Storm), Sione Katoa (Panthers), Dean Britt (Rabbitohs), Isaiah Tass, Jake Averillo (upgraded from lower grades). Losses: Connelly Lemuele (Cowboys), Michael Lichaa, Danny Fualalo, John Olive, Nu Brown, Kaiyne-Lee Kalache (all unsigned) 2021 gains: Luke Thompson (St Helens until 2023) Coach: Dean Pay (2020) Coach whisperer to return? 0:38 SHARKS 2020 squad: Blayke Brailey (2022), Jayson Bukuya (2020), Josh Dugan (2021), Andrew Fifita (2022), Wade Graham (2022), Braden Hamlin-Uele (2022), Mawene Hiroti (2020), Royce Hunt (2020), Shaun Johnson (2021), Sione Katoa (2020), William Kennedy (2020), Cameron King (2020), Billy Magoulias (2021), Kayleb Milne (2020), Matt Moylan (2021), Ronaldo Mulitalo (2021), Briton Nikora (2022), Jesse Ramien (2023), Toby Rudolf (2020), Scott Sorensen (2020), Cruz Topai-Aveai (2020), Chad Townsend (2023), Connor Tracey (2021), Brayden Trindall (2020), Jack Williams (2022), Teig Wilton (2023), Aaron Woods (2021), Bronson Xerri (2021) Gains: Connor Tracey (Rabbitohs), Jesse Ramien (Knights), Cameron King (Featherstone), Mawene Hiroti (Rabbitohs), Royce Hunt (Raiders) Losses: Josh Morris (Roosters), Matt Prior (Leeds), Jayden Brailey (Knights), Sosaia Feki (Castleford), Kyle Flanagan (Roosters), Paul Gallen (retired), Kurt Capewell (Panthers), Aaron Gray (unsigned) Coach: John Morris (2021) NRL to return to afternoon GF 0:32 TITANS 2020 squad: Jai Arrow (2020), Shannon Boyd (2022), Tanah Boyd (2021), AJ Brimson (2022), Bryce Cartwright (2021), Erin Clark (2021), Dale Copley (2020), Anthony Don (2020), Darius Farmer (2021), Moeaki Fotuaika (2022), Beau Fermor (2022), Keegan Hipgrave (2020), Ryan James (2020), Brian Kelly (2021), Greg Leleisiuao (2021), Sam Lisone (2020), Tyrone Peachey (2021), Jonus Pearson (2021), Nathan Peats (2020), Kevin Proctor (2020), Mitch Rein (2021), Tyrone Roberts (2020), Phillip Sami (2022), Treymain Spry (2020, CO 21), Sam Stone (2020), Ash Taylor (2021), Jarrod Wallace (2022), Kallum Watkins (2021), Jai Whitbread (2021) Gains: Beau Fermor (Knights), Jonus Pearson (Dragons), Darius Farmer (upgraded from development deal), Greg Leleisiuao (Eels), Sam Lisone (Warriors), Erin Clark (Raiders) Losses: Leilani Latu (Warrington), Michael Gordon (retired), Will Matthews (retired), Jesse Arthars (Broncos), Ryley Jacks (Storm), Brenko Lee (Storm), Jack Stockwell (Burleigh) 2021 gains: Tino Faasuamaleaui (from Storm until 2023) 2021 losses: Jai Arrow (Rabbitohs) Coach: Justin Holbrook (from 2020) Matty pays tribute to Summons 3:17 SEA EAGLES 2020 squad: Morgan Boyle (2021), Daly Cherry-Evans (2023), Lachlan Croker (2021), Cade Cust (2020), Brendan Elliott (2020), Manase Fainu (2021), Addin Fonua-Blake (2022), Tevita Funa (2021), Reuben Garrick (2021), Jack Gosiewski (2021), Albert Hopoate (2020), Sean Keppie (2021, CO 22), Danny Levi (2020), Luke Metcalf (2020), Haumole Olakauata (2021, CO 22), Brad Parker (2021), Taniela Paseka (2021), Josh Schuster (2021), Toafofoa Sipley (2021), Curtis Sironen (2021), Samuel Smith (2020), Moses Suli (2020), Jorge Taufua (2021), Martin Taupau (2022), Joel Thompson (2021), Jake Trbojevic (2026), Tom Trbojevic (2026), Corey Waddell (2020), Dylan Walker (2021), Tony Williams (2020) Gains: Luke Metcalf (upgraded from development contract), Danny Levi (Knights) Losses: Api Koroisau (Panthers), Kane Elgey (retired), Trent Hodkinson (retired), Lloyd Perrett (unsigned) Coach: Des Hasler (2021) Arthur Summons passes away 1:12 STORM 2020 squad: Josh Addo-Carr (2021), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (2023), Jesse Bromwich (2020, MO 21, 22), Kenny Bromwich (2022, PO 23), Sandor Earl (2020), Thomas Eisenhuth (2020), Tino Faasuamaleaui (2020), Dale Finucane (2021), Jahrome Hughes (2021), Nicho Hynes (2020), Ryley Jacks (2020), Cooper Johns (2020), Tui Kamikamica (2022, CO 23), Felise Kaufusi (2021, PO 22), Max King (2020), Brenko Lee (2020), Isaac Lumelume (2020), Paul Momirovski (2020), Cameron Munster (2023), Justin Olam (2020), Ryan Papenhuyzen (2022), Aaron Pene (2020), Darryn Schonig (2020), (Marion Seve (2020), Brandon Smith (2022), Cameron Smith (2020), Albert Vete (2020, CO 21), Suliasi Vunivalu (2020), Christian Welch (2020) Gains: Paul Momirovski (Tigers), Ryley Jacks (Titans), Brenko Lee (Titans), Isaac Lumelume, Nicho Hynes, Aaron Pene, Darryn Schonig (all upgraded from development contracts) Losses: Harry Grant (Tigers), Curtis Scott (Raiders), Brodie Croft (Broncos), Joe Stimson (Bulldogs), Will Chambers (Japanese rugby union), Billy Walters (Tigers), Solomone Kata (Super Rugby) 2021 gains: Harry Grant (Tigers, until 2022) 2021 losses: Tino Faasuamaleaui (Titans), Paul Momirovski (Tigers), Suliasi Vunivalu (Super Rugby) New deal: Felise Kaufusi (player option taken for 2021) Coach: Craig Bellamy (2021) NRL refs will run the lines 1:22 KNIGHTS 2020 squad: Mitchell Barnett (2020), Bradman Best (2022), Jayden Brailey (2022), Phoenix Crossland (2021), Herman Eseese (2020), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (2021), Tim Glasby (2021), Aidan Guerra (2020), Tex Hoy (2021), Hymel Hunt (2021), Brodie Jones (2020), Josh King (2020), David Klemmer (2023), Edrick Lee (2021), Mason Lino (2020), Kurt Mann (2021), Sione Matautia (2021), Andrew McCullough (2020) Tautau Moga (2020), Jirah Momoisea (2022), Mitchell Pearce (2021), Kalyn Ponga (2021, PO 22), Tyronne Roberts-Davis (2020), Daniel Saifiti (2022), Jacob Saifiti (2020), Pasami Saulo (2022), Gehamat Shibasaki (2022), Star Toa (2021), Enari Tuala (2021), Connor Watson (2020) Gains: Jayden Brailey (Sharks), Enari Tuala (Cowboys), Gehamat Shibasaki (Broncos), Tyronne Roberts-Davis (Titans), Bradman Best, Star Toa, Jirah Momoisea (upgraded from development contracts), Andrew McCullough (Broncos) Losses: Danny Levi (Sea Eagles), Jesse Ramien (Sharks), Jamie Buhrer (retired), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Hull KR), Slade Griffin (retired), Zac Woolford (Newtown), Nathan Ross (retired), James Gavet (Huddersfield), Beau Fermor (Titans) 2021 gains: Tyson Frizell Coach: Adam OBrien (2022) Des backs Foran to perform 0:51 COWBOYS 2020 squad: John Asiata (2020), Jake Clifford (2021), Gavin Cooper (2020), Reuben Cotter (2020), Scott Drinkwater (2021), Mitchell Dunn (2020), Kyle Feldt (2020), Thomas Gilbert (2022), Jake Granville (2021), Ben Hampton (2020, PO 21), Coen Hess (2022), Peter Hola (2022), Valentine Holmes (2025), Corey Jensen (2020, PO 21), Connelly Lemuelu (2021), Esan Marsters (2022), Josh McGuire (2022), Jordan McLean (2020, PO 21, 22), Francis Molo (2020), Michael Morgan (2023), Justin ONeill (2021), Tom Opacic (2020), Emry Pere (2020), Reece Robson (2023), Daniel Russell (2020), Tukimihia Simpkins (2020), Murray Taulagi (2021), Jason Taumalolo (2027), Shane Wright (2020) Gains: Reece Robson (Dragons), Esan Marsters (Wests Tigers), Connelly Lemuelu (Bulldogs), Reuben Cotter, Thomas Gilbert, Daniel Russell (all upgraded from development contracts), Valentine Holmes (NFL) Losses: Matt Scott, Scott Bolton (both retired), Jordan Kahu (Broncos), Javid Bowen (Northern Pride), Gideon Gela-Mosby (Northern Pride), Enari Tuala (Knights), Kurt Baptiste, Carlin Anderson (all unsigned), Te Maire Martin (retired) Coach: Paul Green (2021) Morris on new rule changes 1:35 EELS 2020 squad: Daniel Alvaro (2021), Waqa Blake (2023), Dylan Brown (2023), Nathan Brown (2020, PO 21), Reagan Campbell-Gillard (2022, PO 23, CO 24), Andrew Davey (2020), Ryse Davies (2020), Haze Dunster (2020), Kane Evans (2020), Blake Ferguson (2021), David Gower (2020), Clint Gutherson (2022), George Jennings (2020), Michael Jennings (2021), Oregon Kaufusi (2022), Shaun Lane (2023), Reed Mahoney (2020), Ryan Matterson (2021, PO 22), Mitchell Moses (2021, PO 22), Marata Niukore (2022), Ethan Parry (2020), Junior Paulo (2022), Jaeman Salmon (2020), Maika Sivo (2021), Will Smith (2020), Ray Stone (2020), Brad Takairangi (2020), Peni Terepo (2020), Stefano Utoikamanu (2020) Gains: Ryan Matterson (Tigers), Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Panthers), Haze Dunster, Ethan Parry, Rhys Davies (all upgraded from development contracts) Losses: Tim Mannah (retired), Manu Mau (Hull FC), Tepai Moeroa (Super Rugby), Josh Hoffman (unsigned), Greg Leleisiuao (Titans), Matt McIlwrick (retired) New deal: Shaun Lane (2023) 2021 losses: Stefano Utoikamanu (Tigers) Coach: Brad Arthur (2021) Cooper Cronk makes Buzz sweat 1:45 PANTHERS 2020 squad: Caleb Aekins (2020), Dean Blore (2020), Shawn Blore (2020), William Burns (2022), Matt Burton (2021), Kurt Capewell (2021), Jed Cartwright (2020), Nathan Cleary (2024), Stephen Crichton (2020), Dylan Edwards (2022), Kaide Ellis (2020), James Fisher-Harris (2022), Jack Hetherington (2021), Mitch Kenny (2021), Viliame Kikau (2022), Apisai Koroisau (2022), Spencer Leniu (2021), Moses Leota (2022), Jarome Luai (2021), Josh Mansour (2021), Liam Martin (2021), Tyrone May (2020), Braydon McGrady (2020), Brent Naden (2021), James Tamou (2020), Zane Tetevano (2021), Brian Too (2020), Malakai Watene-Zelezniak (2020), Dean Whare (2021, MO 22), Isaah Yeo (2021) Gains: Apisai Koroisau (Sea Eagles), Zane Tetevano (Roosters), Dean Blore, Shawn Blore, Stephen Crichton, Braydon McGrady (upgraded from development deals), Kurt Capewell (Sharks) Losses: James Maloney (Catalans), Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Eels), Sione Katoa (Bulldogs), Tim Grant, Sam McKendry (retired), Wayde Egan (Warriors), Frank Winterstein (Toulouse), Hame Sele, Paea Pua (unsigned), Tyrell Fuimaono (Dragons), Nick Lui-Toso (Northern Pride), Shawn Blore (released mid-season to Tigers) New deal: Dylan Edwards (2022) Coach: Ivan Cleary (2023) DRAGONS 2020 squad: Euan Aitken (2020), Eddie Blacker (2021), Billy Brittain (2020), Adam Clune (2020), Jack de Belin (2020), Matt Dufty (2021), Jackson Ford (2022), Tyson Frizell (2020), Tyrell Fuimaono (2021), James Graham (2020), Jacob Host (2020), Ben Hunt (2022, PO 23), Josh Kerr (2020, PO 21), Tim Lafai (2020), Blake Lawrie (2022), Zac Lomax (2025), Joe Lovodua (2020), Issac Luke (2020), Cameron McInnes (2021), Trent Merrin (2021), Corey Norman (2021), Jordan Pereira (2021), Mikaele Ravalawa (2020), Jason Saab (2022), Tristan Sailor (2020), Korbin Sims (2021), Tariq Sims (2022), Paul Vaughan (2021, PO 22), Brayden Wiliame (2021) Gains: Trent Merrin (Leeds), Issac Luke (Warriors), Brayden Wiliame (Catalans), Eddie Blacker, Jackson Ford, Jason Saab (upgraded from development deals), Tyrell Fuimono (Panthers) Losses: Luciano Leilua (Tigers), Jonus Pearson (Titans), Jeremy Latimore (retired), Gareth Widdop (Warrington), Reece Robson (Cowboys), Steven Marsters (Rabbitohs), Lachlan Maranta (Wynnum Manly), Mitchell Allgood, Jai Field, Patrick Kaufusi, Darren Nicholls, Lachlan Timm (all unsigned) 2021 losses: Tyson Frizell (Knights) New deal: Jackson Ford (2022) Coach: Paul McGregor (2021) RABBITOHS 2020 squad: Corey Allan (2021), Tom Amone (2020), Tom Burgess (2023), Braidon Burns (2021), Damien Cook (2023), Joshua Cook (2021), Troy Dargan (2021), Cory Denniss (2020), Kurt Dillon (2020), Dane Gagai (2021), Bryson Goodwin (2020), Campbell Graham (2021), Dean Hawkins (2021), Alex Johnston (2020), Liam Knight (2023), Keaon Kolomatangi (2021), Ethan Lowe (2021), Patrick Mago (2020), Steven Marsters (2020), Latrell Mitchell (2021), Cameron Murray (2021), Mark Nicholls (2021), Adam Reynolds (2021), James Roberts (2021), Ky Rodwell (2020), Bayley Sironen (2020), Jaydn SuA (2021), Tevita Tatola (2021), Cody Walker (2022) Gains: Edene Gebbie (Wynnum-Manly), Bryson Goodwin (Warrington), Troy Dargan (Broncos), Steven Marsters (Dragons), Joshua Cook, Dean Hawkins, Keaon Kolomatangi, Ky Rodwell (upgraded from development deals), Latrell Mitchell (Roosters) Losses: George Burgess (Wigan), Dean Britt (Bulldogs), John Sutton (retirement), Greg Inglis (retirement), Connor Tracey (Sharks), Adam Doueihi (Tigers), Billy Brittain (Dragons), Mawene Hiroti (Sharks), Jacob Gagan, Kyle Turner (unsigned) New deal: Latrell Mitchell (player option taken for 2021), Jaydn Sua (player option taken for 2021) 2021 gains: Jai Arrow (from Titans until 2024) Coach: Wayne Bennett (2021) ROOSTERS 2020 squad: Mitchell Aubusson (2020), Fletcher Baker (2021), Egan Butcher (2021), Nat Butcher (2022), Lindsay Collins (2022), Boyd Cordner (2023), Angus Crichton (2021), Poasa Faamausili (2022), Kyle Flanagan (2021), Jake Friend (2020), Ryan Hall (2020, MO 21), Drew Hutchison (2020), Matt Ikuvalu (2020), Luke Keary (2021), Asu Kepaoa (2020), Lachlan Lam (2020), Isaac Liu (2021), Joseph Manu (2022), Brett Morris (2020), Josh Morris (2020), Victor Radley (2023), Billy Smith (2021), Daniel Suluka-Fifita (2022), Siosiua Taukeiaho (2022), James Tedesco (2021), Christian Tuipulotu (2021), Daniel Tupou (2021), Sitili Tupouniua (2021), Sam Verrills (2021), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (2023) Gains: Josh Morris (Sharks), Kyle Flanagan (Sharks) Losses: Cooper Cronk (retired), Bernard Lewis (Northern Pride), Zane Tetevano (Panthers), Latrell Mitchell (Rabbitohs) Coach: Trent Robinson (2020) WARRIORS 2020 squad: Bunty Afoa (2021), Leeson Ah Mau (2021), Gerard Beale (2020), Adam Blair (2020, PO 21), Lachlan Burr (2020), Josh Curran (2021), Wayde Egan (2022), Jackson Frei (2020), David Fusitua (2023), Blake Green (2020), Tohu Harris (2021), Chanel Harris-Tavita (2022), Peta Hiku (2020), Patrick Herbert (2020), Eliesa Katoa (2021), Adam Keighran (2020), Karl Lawton (2021), Ken Maumalo (2022), Taane Milne (2020), Jack Murchie (2021) Kodi Nikorima (2021, PO 22), Agnatius Paasi (2022), Isaiah Papalii (2020), Hayze Perham (2021), Adam Pompey (2021), Leivaha Pulu (2020), Nathaniel Roache (2020), Jamayne Taunoa-Brown (2021), Jazz Tevaga (2021), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (2022) Gains: Wayde Egan (Panthers), Adam Pompey, Eliesa Katoa (upgraded from development deals), Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, Jack Murchie (Raiders) Losses: Ligi Sao (Hull FC), Tevita Satae (Hull FC), Blayke Ayshford (retired), Issac Luke (Dragons), Sam Lisone (Titans) 2021 gains: Ben Murdoch-Masila (from Warrington until 2023) Coach: Stephen Kearney (2022) TIGERS 2020 squad: Josh Aloiai (2021), Luke Brooks (2023), Michael Chee-Kam (2021), Oliver Clark (2020), Adam Doueihi (2023), Matt Eisenhuth (2020), Luke Garner (2022), Harry Grant (2020), Robert Jennings (2020), Chris Lawrence (2020), Joey Leilua (2022), Luciano Leilua (2022), Jacob Liddle (2021), Benji Marshall (2020), Moses Mbye (2022), Sam McIntyre (2020), Chris McQueen (2020), Thomas Mikaele (2021), Zane Musgrove (2021), David Nofoaluma (2021), Russell Packer (2021), Josh Reynolds (2021), Alex Seyfarth (2020), Dylan Smith (2020), Tommy Talau (2022), Elijah Taylor (2020), Corey Thompson (2021), Alex Twal (2022), Billy Walters (2021), Shawn Blore (2021) Gains: Adam Doueihi (Rabbitohs), Joey Leilua (from Raiders), Luciano Leilua (Dragons), Billy Walters (Storm), Zane Musgrove, Shawn Blore (from Panthers) Losses: Paul Momirovski (Storm), Robbie Farah, Robbie Rochow, Ben Matulino (all retired), Mahe Fonua (Hull FC), Esan Marsters (Cowboys), Ryan Matterson (Eels) New deal: Shawn Blore (mid-season until 2021) 2021 gains: Stefano Utoikamanu (from Eels until 2023), Paul Momirovski (Storm) 2021 losses: Harry Grant (Storm) Coach: Michael Maguire (2021)
Scottie Pippen ‘livid’ at portrayal in Michael Jordan doco - Fox Sports
“The Last Dance” appears to have turned Michael Jordan’s most important teammate against him.
According to an ESPN Radio host, Scottie Pippen is livid and so angry with how he was portrayed in the Bulls docuseries that detailed the dynasty through Jordans eyes. Jordan called Pippen selfish in Episode 2 for delaying ankle surgery until right before the 1997-98 season forcing him to miss the first couple of months during a bitter contract dispute with general manager Jerry Krause. Watch ESPNs 30 for 30: Rodman doco and more basketball content on-demand with KAYO. New to Kayo? Get your free trial now & start streaming instantly > LeBron's first game with MJ 1:39 Jordan also took a vague shot at Pippens struggles in Game 7 of the Bulls loss to the Pistons in the 1990 Eastern Conference final, which were due to a migraine. [Pippen] felt like up until the last few minutes of Game 6 against the Jazz [in the 1998 NBA Finals], it was just bash Scottie, bash Scottie, bash Scottie, David Kaplan said on his ESPN 1000 Kap and Company show in Chicago. Pippens alleged feelings come a day after Jordan was slammed by Horace Grant, who was a part of the teams first three-peat. [He] puts this lie out that I was the source behind [Sam Smiths The Jordan Rules book], Grant said. Sam and I have always been great friends. Were still great friends. But the sanctity of that locker room, I would never put anything personal out there. The mere fact that Sam Smith was an investigative reporter. That he had to have two sources, two, to write a book, I guess. Why would MJ just point me out? Its only a grudge, man. Im telling you, it was only a grudge. And I think he proved that during this so-called documentary. When if you say something about him, hes going to cut you off, hes going to try to destroy your character. This originally appeared in the New York Post and was republished with consent.
Ross Lyon disappointed by ex-Saints coach’s comments, reflects on schoolboy St Kilda fell in love with - Fox Sports
Ross Lyon has taken umbrage at comments made by another former St Kilda coach in Scott Watters, saying it’s inappropriate to mention Jack Steven’s early-career off-field influences after his recent hospitalisation.
Geelong is expected to shed more light on the circumstances surrounding its big-name recruit when coach Chris Scott fronts the media on Thursday morning. Steven was admitted to hospital on the weekend with a stab wound before being discharged on Tuesday. Details are still unclear as to how the 30-year-old ended up with the injury. Get your footy fix on KAYO ahead of live matches returning soon. Watch classic battles from the 60s to today, docos, news and more. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly > Steven joined the Saints via the 2007 national draft, spending four seasons under Lyon then two under Watters. Speaking about Steven on Footy SA/WA earlier this week, Watters said: Hes a terrific young guy. No doubt at Geelong, straight away, they absolutely loved him and will support him. But he had some really challenging, negative influences around him early in his career at St Kilda. The club was able to separate him from some of that. Jack Steven was recruited from the Geelong Falcons.Source: News Limited Lyon then responded on Channel 9s Footy Classified, launching a passionate defence of Steven. Instinctively, obviously concern for Jack from me. I dont like it, I dont like the aspersions from seven years ago from Scott, Lyon told Footy Classified. Jacks a victim here. Jack has been stabbed and the facts are still being investigated by the Victoria Police force. So to go back seven years and talk about who Jacks associating with and link it to this, I dont like it at all. Lyon provided an insight into Stevens early years at the Saints and how the club quickly embraced a charismatic 17-year-old schoolboy. I still remember him in his grey shirt, his blue shorts, school bag and the group fell in love with him and I did really too, Lyon said. Steven released from hospital 0:32 He became Jackie Boy, he trained hard, he was passionate. But he was a surfer boy. He was down from the west coast, the Bellarine Peninsula, and he loved to surf and that connection with home. They were the struggles for me, but incredibly popular kid. Lyon said he held great hope for Steven when the Cats recruited him during last years AFL trade period. I dont know the ins and outs of it. All I know is hes a great little player. As (Tim) Kelly left, Im thinking Chris Scott, if this kid gets fit which he can do (he could thrive). Lyon said. Clearly we all have challenges, but to keep dredging up challenges, he looked like he hadnt missed a beat at Geelong. Jack Steven won four best and fairests at St Kilda.Source: News Limited I dont want to even speculate because I think it is unhealthy. Stevens former St Kilda teammate Jack Billings and coach Brett Ratten are among the well-wishers who have reached out to the 183-game midfielder in recent days. I sent Jack a text the other day when I heard, on the Sunday afternoon. He just gave me the thumbs up, Ratten said. I just wished him well and hope that hes OK. Hes been a great player at our football club and we just wish him a speedy recovery and wish him well. with AAP
Eddie McGuire fires up over no ‘legend’ status for Lou Richards - Fox Sports
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire remains furious over the fact Magpies great and iconic media personality Lou Richards has never gained ‘legend’ status in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
The late great Richards, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 94 and received a state funeral, played 250 games for the Magpies and captained the club to its 1953 premiership. He went on to be one of the games great commentators and media characters. Richards was one of the inaugural Hall of Fame inductees in 1996, but was disappointed at not being upgraded to official legend status. He was, instead, given a Lifetime Achievement Award. Get your footy fix on KAYO ahead of live matches returning soon. Watch classic battles from the 60s to today, docos, news and more. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly > Its understood that someone is given legend status due to their achievements as a player or a coach. The decision caused controversy among the AFL world at the time and it still hurts McGuire today. The day Lou Richards statue was unveiled. Picture: Wayne LudbeySource: News Corp Australia Asked by Footy Classified co-host Caroline Wilson if the AFL Commission and the Hall of Fame committee had botched Richards potential legend status selection, McGuire told Channel 9: Totally, totally. Lou Richards is a legend. (They) came up with a new category. Lou hated it, we put a statue out the front (of Collingwoods headquarters). Alex Fasolo and Eddie McGuire with Lou Richards on his 90th birthday.Source: News Limited McGuire then took issue with the lack of Magpies represented in the VFL/AFL Team of the Century, which was released in 1996 as part of the leagues centenary celebrations. Of the 21 players selected in the team, none played a game for the Magpies a fact that was on McGuires mind on Wednesday night. As far as Collingwood is concerned, we were completely snubbed for the team of the century, which was an insult and weve not forgotten that and we havent forgotten Lou Richards either, he said. LISTEN TO THE LATEST EPISODE OF THE DEBATE BRAD JOHNSON AND NICK DAL SANTO JOIN TOM MORRIS TO NAME THEIR BEST 22 OF THE LAST 50 YEARS If youre on a mobile, tap here to listen And in another point he was keen to make, McGuire added (with some tongue in cheek): Ill tell you what else, the MCG better get a Jock McHale statue up or else we might even pull out of playing there. McGuire said former superstar Hawthorn goalkicker Jason Dunstall deserved to be the next Hall of Fame legend. He has given everything to the game and even off the field as a commentator, but also resetting Hawthorn as a football club for their dominant era, he said. Hes done nothing but be a contributor to football.
‘The door is always open for great Queenslanders’: Kevvy happy to entertain Inglis’ Origin return - Fox Sports
Queensland coach Kevin Walters says that Greg Inglis would be welcome to make a return to his Origin side. Inglis, 33, announced on Tuesday that he would come out of retirement to take up a one-year deal with Super League club Warrington. The former Souths and Melbourne champion played 32 games for the Maroons and won 10 series across his NRL career. Kayo is your ticket to the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership, returning Thursday 28th May. Watch every game Live & On-Demand with no-ad breaks during play. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly > Describing Inglis as a great player, Walters told Fox League Live: The door is always open for great Queenslanders if they ever want to come back and play, we never shut the door, thats always our way. Could Inglis play Origin? 3:14 GI returning to Super League! 0:44 We dragged Arthur Beetson out of reserve grade at Parramatta at 35 years of age to lead Queensland out in the first-ever State of Origin. LISTEN! I was Driving A Death Machine on The Matty Johns Podcast At home with the Johnses discuss if you were a Wizard of Oz character, Joeys birthday, the best and worst of Cooper and the start of the NRL season! ON YOUR PHONE? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Alan Langer famously flew back from Warrington to help clinch the 2001 series for Queensland. However, that avenue appears to have been closed in recent years with the NRL only allowing players registered in the NRL turn out in Origin. The seeds for Inglis comeback were understood to have been planted last month following a conversation with former Rabbitohs teammate Jason Clark. Clark now plies his trade with the Wolves under coach Steve Price, who currently boasts a line-up that includes Gareth Widdop and Blake Austin. I cant wait to get over there and play for a club that has so much rich heritage, Inglis said in a statement. Kevvie is pumped for Inglis! 4:21 Ive played over in England many times in representative footy and love how passionate and vocal the supporters are. To get the opportunity to live in the UK, to play for such a powerhouse club that I believe is on the rise is something Im looking forward to. And hopefully I can add value to the team. Ex-Rabbitohs boss Shane Richardson revealed Inglis recently approached him about the possibility of a comeback. MORE NRL NEWS LIVE UPDATES: All of the latest news ahead of the season restart UNDER PRESSURE: Five coaches feeling the most heat in shortened NRL season HOW IT HAPPENED: Inside the secret conversations that linked GI up to Warrington GI RETURN: Inglis set for shock rugby league comeback 13 months after retirement Only it was with hometown club Macksville on the NSW far north coast. I said Macksville? I think you could do something a bit more high profile, Richardson told rugbyleaguehub.com. South Sydney were never an option, given the controversial circumstances around his exit last year. Despite being dogged by a litany of knee and shoulder issues late in his career, Inglis declared in his retirement announcement that injuries werent a factor. Ive bounced back from many injuries before, he said at the time. It wasnt that. The way I see it, if I cant go out 100 per cent, I wouldnt be able to perform the best I can, thats what I expect of myself as a leader. Because Inglis walked away from the final two of years of a lucrative contract, it freed up some serious money in the clubs salary cap.