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#1 MrPosh

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:00 AM

Leaving Wests. C'mon Salford, get him signed up.
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#2 roughyedspud

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:07 AM

nobody over here could fit his wage demands within the salary cap....like be lost to union and the auckland blues....

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#3 getdownmonkeyman

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:09 AM

Last I read, he was all set to sign a three year deal.



#4 Derwent

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:13 AM

Going to the Waratahs in RU isn't he ?

#5 nadera78

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:17 AM

nobody over here could fit his wage demands within the salary cap....like be lost to union and the auckland blues....

Ridiculous if it happens. A player who simply cannot play in a structured format and relies on his ability to spot a gap and then use his skip, step, jink and sprint to get through, and he's off to play a rigidly structured game like rugby union? He might earn well out of it but he's on a loser there.


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#6 roughyedspud

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:32 AM

theres several NRL clubs that can afford him,including the NZ warriors,so if he still wants to play league he has plenty of options nads

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#7 nadera78

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:35 AM

theres several NRL clubs that can afford him,including the NZ warriors,so if he still wants to play league he has plenty of options nads

Not sure if he does want to stay tbh. I think he said something about not wanting to play against Wets Tigers. 


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:44 AM

Not sure if he does want to stay tbh. I think he said something about not wanting to play against Wets Tigers. 

 

I'm sure if you gave him enough money he would play against them.



#9 Cake Tiger

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:56 AM

He's been pretty clear in saying that he won't play for another NRL team. 



#10 Middleman

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 11:58 AM

http://www.smh.com.a...d=1373880984278

 

he has told Tigers officials of the Kiwi representative's desire to leave the club at the end of this season. The 28-year-old will now likely play rugby union.
 

 

 

he says he won't play for Another NRL team against Wests Tigers, so it's RU Super 12 - Japan - France where the $1 million contract won't worry anyone. 

 

The Marquee Player rule , would have come in handy for the SL clubs with wealthy benefactors for a name player such as Benji , but that was thrown out at the last meeting so thats another Star player lost to the sport .. 



#11 thirteenthman

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:33 PM

So Benji is upset that he wasn't offered a contract upgrade and extension. Perhaps the Tigers feel that on his form of the last couple of seasons he doesn't warrant an extension. It's slightly ironic that he's citing loyalty to the Tigers as a reason to not play for anyone else in the NRL, but then walking out on the club with 2 years left on his contract. If he's just after a big pay day, then he'll go to Union. He's not the player he was though - maybe got sidetracked with all his off field activities.



#12 The Big Gun

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:57 PM

No big loss for the sport at this point given his form. I don't even think he'd get in the Kiwi team for the WC so no real loss on that front either.



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 01:51 PM

Ridiculous if it happens. A player who simply cannot play in a structured format and relies on his ability to spot a gap and then use his skip, step, jink and sprint to get through, and he's off to play a rigidly structured game like rugby union? He might earn well out of it but he's on a loser there.


By its very essence RL is more structured than RU.

#14 HKR AWAY DAYS

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 02:04 PM

He should have left Wests 3 years ago.



#15 Pottsy

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 02:54 PM

Why does rugby league seem intent on driving its most marketable assets into the arms of rugby union?

The failure to endorse the marquee player rule last week was essentially the trigger to a a race to the bottom. Clubs need to be financially prudent but it's lunacy to prevent those clubs who can afford to from making signings that will benefit the whole sport.

#16 walter sobchak

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 02:59 PM

No big loss for the sport at this point given his form. I don't even think he'd get in the Kiwi team for the WC so no real loss on that front either.


Exactly, had this happened 5-6 years ago definitely a big loss. Just means foran and Johnson are the 6&7 for NZ and with talk of maybe Kevin Locke moving into the halves and youngsters like Carlos tuimavave and Matt mcgahan comming through the kiwis are well covered.

#17 Maximus Decimus

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 03:07 PM

So Benji is upset that he wasn't offered a contract upgrade and extension. Perhaps the Tigers feel that on his form of the last couple of seasons he doesn't warrant an extension. It's slightly ironic that he's citing loyalty to the Tigers as a reason to not play for anyone else in the NRL, but then walking out on the club with 2 years left on his contract. If he's just after a big pay day, then he'll go to Union. He's not the player he was though - maybe got sidetracked with all his off field activities.

 

This is not telling the whole story. Benji has said that a deal was shook on that he had accepted and then reneged on when either a new coach or new owners (I can't remember which) came in.

 

We've had his best years but let's not try to do the usual downplaying of his ability that inevitably follows any defection. He's one of the best RL players in the world whether he's had a bad few games or not. Sam Tomkins or Sam Burgess could go to Union and people would make out like they'd lost it. If George Burgess went some would make out like he wasn't cut out for RL and he had massive flaws in his game (Chris Ashton).



#18 Futtocks

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 03:17 PM

Exactly, had this happened 5-6 years ago definitely a big loss. Just means foran and Johnson are the 6&7 for NZ and with talk of maybe Kevin Locke moving into the halves and youngsters like Carlos tuimavave and Matt mcgahan comming through the kiwis are well covered.

Benji's unpredictability was both a strength and a weakness for the Kiwis. It'll be very interesting to see how they work without him. They might even be stronger for his absence. An absolute joy to watch on top form, so he'll be missed.

Edited by Futtocks, 15 July 2013 - 03:18 PM.

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#19 thirteenthman

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 04:28 PM

This is not telling the whole story. Benji has said that a deal was shook on that he had accepted and then reneged on when either a new coach or new owners (I can't remember which) came in.

 

We've had his best years but let's not try to do the usual downplaying of his ability that inevitably follows any defection. He's one of the best RL players in the world whether he's had a bad few games or not. Sam Tomkins or Sam Burgess could go to Union and people would make out like they'd lost it. If George Burgess went some would make out like he wasn't cut out for RL and he had massive flaws in his game (Chris Ashton).

 

I'm not downplaying his ability just because he might be going to Union. He really hasn't played that well either this year or last, it's not just a case of having a few bad games. A change of scene would probably be the best thing for him to reinvigorate his career, as he clearly isn't happy at the Tigers.



#20 South Wakefield Sharks

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 05:09 PM

Benji's clearly not the threat he was previously. Whether he's past it, lost it, or just got side-tracked I don't know, but you wouldn't offer him an upgrade on his existing deal with two years to run on his current form.

 

When he goes to union, he'll just create a gap for another player to come through and fill.

 

Not sure, I'd put Chris Ashton in the same post though - apart from one playing union and the other likely to play union, there is no connection. Benji was a superb rugby league player - Chris Ashton wasn't!






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