Daily Telegraph rugby joining publisher Josh Massoud says a Cronulla Sharks are incompetent protest with a comparatively light sanctions due by a NRL for their 2011 supplements program.
CRONULLA’S ASADA headache has been compounded by a cross-code migraine, after star column Andrew Fifita was speckled in talks with Wallabies manager Ewen McKenzie final weekend.
Assured to be one of a many sought-after players on a NRL marketplace subsequent year, a off-contract Shark looks set to cruise a lapse to rugby kinship as one of his many options for 2015.
Fifita starred in a 15-man formula while vital in Griffith as a teenager, graduating to a ACT Brumbies youth growth squad.
Before creation his NSW Origin entrance in June, a 24-year-old suggested that he “loved” personification rugby and usually chose joining given he did not wish to live in Canberra.
It was another year of high play for a NRL, with a ASADA liaison and a off-field woes of Ben Barba and Blake Ferguson headlining a thespian year for a code.
The Daily Telegraph can also exhibit Fifita has recently switched government camps and is now tighten to Sutherland Shire accountant Greg Willett, who also handles McKenzie.
Willett is no longer an accredited NRL agent, though before managed Fifita’s Sharks, NSW and Australian teammate, Luke Lewis.
A well-placed source has reliable Fifita, McKenzie and Willett met during Eastern Suburbs watering hole The Bellevue final weekend. Dual general Craig Gower – another member of a Willett fast – was also in attendance.
“They were overheard deliberating a probability of Fifita going behind to rugby,” a source said.
“It was really a subject of conversation.”
When contacted about a assembly yesterday, Willett released a mysterious response around content summary that read: “As we don’t work most a boys took me out for Christmas dinner.”
An Australian Rugby Union mouthpiece reliable a assembly took place, though could not contend either McKenzie’s seductiveness would swell over a initial meeting.
Cronulla have reportedly been in talks to replenish Fifita’s contract, that is now value $370,000.
Now regarded as one of a premier props in a NRL and a buttress of a Australian pack, he could presumably authority double that volume on a open market.
The Sharks, however, will be unfortunate to keep Fifita as they find to stave-off an engine room shortfall in destiny years.
Ben Ross, Mark Taufua and Jon Green all finished adult final year, while skipper Paul Gallen is approaching to retire when his agreement expires during a finish of 2015.
Bryce Gibbs was also prepared to lift a pin on his career during usually 29 years of age, after a fibre of complications with his achilles tendon final season.
Cronulla Sharks fans are dynamic to get their bar behind on dual feet after a NRL handed down poignant punishments for a supplements scandal.
Gibbs shop-worn his feet after slipping on potion during home roughly a year ago, and aggravated a damage by creation an early comeback.
He told now-suspended manager Shane Flanagan that he was prepared to hang adult a boots when training resumed in November, though wanted a final year of his agreement paid out.
Flanagan indicated his hostility to compensate out Gibbs and a span exchanged words.
The former Wests Tigers column has given returned to training, with his agent, Daryl Mather, final night confirming Gibbs would choice in 2014.
“Bryce has gifted some problems with his achilles tendon and during one theatre suspicion he competence have to retire,” Mather said.
“But he’s got by that now and is behind during training scheming for subsequent season.”
WOULD FIFITA REALLY LEAVE THE NRL OR IS IT A PLOY TO UP HIS WAGES? HAVE YOUR SAY.