Player recruitment? I’ll have mine poached, thanks
An over-used word by rugby league fans at the moment is ‘poached’. Coaches who have moved on from clubs are being accused of poaching the very players that helped the team try and reach premiership glory.
When Wayne Bennett arrived at the Dragons and inherited a team craving success, he filled it with quality by ‘poaching’. Now he will try to do the same thing at Newcastle.
Des Hasler is being accused of doing the same thing to Manly at his new club the Bulldogs. Mal Maninga and Ricky Stuart are taking it to another level in Origin, with the Tamou and Kassiano sagas.
Let’s not pretend anymore.
It’s not really poaching is it? Its actually called recruiting. Smart managers align player contracts with good coaches. Good coaches are now looking outside the parameters of their respective states, offering young impressionable New Zealanders the lure of State of Origin football and a big pay day.
Loyalty is dying in footy. I am now fine with players leaving. I wear my club badge on my heart, but I don’t put players’ names on my back. I wouldn’t take the $160 risk of my jersey becoming irrelevant, nor should players take the risk of not earning to their full potential by turning down better offers from other clubs.
We cheer a club, we cheer players while they are there and the majority forget them when they are in other colours.
I was astonished to hear the avarage number of games a first grader plays is just 49, over 4.2 years. Knowing this now, wouldn’t you want to earn as much as you could before your career ended?