Manly trio must stop rot
IT'S time Glenn Stewart stopped sulking and told his Manly teammates to forget about him and get on with what they are paid to do.
The hullabaloo emanating from the Sea Eagles exemplifies the cliché "the inmates are running the asylum".
Seriously, do we need to hear any more about Brett Stewart, Anthony Watmough and Steve Matai wanting to leave Brookvale?
Not only is it disconcerting for fans, a poor look for the game and a subject that has become just plain boring, it won't happen. The trio are contracted to the club for at least another year and the Sea Eagles board is adamant they won't be released.
The reason the Sea Eagles want to fly the coup, supposedly, is because they feel Glenn Stewart, elder brother of Brett, was treated harshly when not offered a contract for 2015 and beyond. He has signed with the Rabbitohs and has hardly been seen in a Sea Eagles jersey since.
Okay, so the Stewart brothers, Watmough and Matai are good mates. They have won two premierships and played in three grand finals together.
No doubt losing Glenn was a bitter pill for his mates to swallow, but that's the reality of life as a professional footy player. Teammates leave clubs.
Glenn needs to dump the big chip sitting on his shoulder, consider the club that helped his outstanding career blossom, and influence his sympathetic buddies to forget about him.
But, as I have suggested many times before, unsavoury situations like this are easy to prevent. A period - two to three weeks - needs to be set aside at season's end for all contract negotiations to take place. And any club communicating with a player outside this period is fined $100,000. It's that simple.
Yes, yes, yes
ANTHONY Griffin may not have a job for next year, but he has certainly won a heap of new admirers for the pragmatic manner in which he accepted his sacking from the Broncos. It's little wonder his players love him.
No, no, no
WHAT a wasted talent Krisnan Inu has been. Inu, who played a Test for New Zealand after just one NRL game, leaves for French rugby as someone with a wide range of skills that were never fully utilised.