Ghosts miss out on Mercy
By TONY WHITE
AN approach by the Grafton Ghosts to allow former South Grafton captain-coach Ray Mercy to play with its crossriver rivals in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) this season has been knocked back by the Rebels committee.
Mercy has not played league since his controversial departure from the Rebels in early March, although he had a short tenure with the Grafton Redmen in rugby union.
"We were approached by the Ghosts last week to release Ray Mercy but after a specially conviened committee meeting to discuss the matter, the committee decided not to release Ray Mercy until a substantial amount of money owed to us is forthcoming," Rebels vice-president Robin Smith said.
"When that money is paid we will release Ray to play for whatever club he wants."
It is understood the Ghosts offer did not involve financial renumeration to South Grafton.
NRRRL management, who have been kept abreast of the Mercy situation, have supported the Rebels in their stance.