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Pursuit of Chase aborted due to cap inclusion, Dragons boss tells members


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#1 boxhead

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:35 AM

St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust told a members' forum the reason the Dragons hadn't been able to sign England halfback Rangi Chase was because the money he had earned in Super League this year would have to be included in the club's 2013 salary cap.

The Dragons boss said the club had not finished recruiting for next season and hoped to add a halfback and back-rower to the list of new signings already announced, which include Gareth Widdop, Dylan Farrell, Joel Thompson and Warrington prop Mike Cooper.

Chase and Feleti Mateo were the two players initially targeted for those roles and Doust said it had been hoped they would join the club before the June 30 deadline for player transfers.

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However, St George Illawarra did not have enough room in this season's salary cap to accommodate Chase after being told they had to include the value of his sizeable Castleford contract as well as what they were going to pay him.


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#2 DeadShotKeen

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:45 AM

Good stuff. I certainly hope they get Chase for next year. They're desperately short of a creative half back and he deserves the bigger platform for his talents. I think it would be a perfect fit for all parties.



#3 7723

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:47 AM

Why would what he has earned at a different club count on their cap. That doesn't make sense to me.



#4 longboard

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 12:15 PM

You could see how having such a rule would discourage mid-season transfers and possible disruption to clubs that are struggling..... I don't know the rationale they have used though.



#5 Larry the Leit

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:41 PM

Why would what he has earned at a different club count on their cap. That doesn't make sense to me.


It seems absolutely bonkers to me.
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#6 Wellsy4HullFC

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:14 PM

Good stuff. I certainly hope they get Chase for next year. They're desperately short of a creative half back and he deserves the bigger platform for his talents. I think it would be a perfect fit for all parties.

What if he signed for a top SL club? Would that be a bigger platform?
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#7 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:22 PM

What if he signed for a top SL club? Would that be a bigger platform?

SL's dead man,the NRL's where it's at ;)


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#8 DeadShotKeen

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:40 AM

What if he signed for a top SL club? Would that be a bigger platform?

 

No. Super League is dying of its own ignorance and doesn't even have main a sponsor. NRL is magnificent and the sole future of the club game.



#9 Terry Mullaney

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:00 PM

No. Super League is dying of its own ignorance and doesn't even have main a sponsor. NRL is magnificent and the sole future of the club game.


Maybe SL should merge with he NRL
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