ARLC to review mid-season transfers
The ARL Commission has no plans to alter rules governing the mid-season transfer of players despite the ongoing rush of roster movement between NRL clubs.
With the June 30 cutoff to register players for this season fast approaching, clubs are continuing to juggle their rosters with Newcastle’s Lisiate Richie Fa’aoso the latest to move on when snapped up by Melbourne on Wednesday.
The Sydney Roosters squad has undergone an overhaul this week, with ex-Penrith hooker Nafe Seluini brought into the Bondi club just days after another No.9 in Anthony Mitchell was allowed to fly the coop to North Queensland.
The Roosters also allowed former Kiwi Test winger Sam Perrett and younger brother Lloyd to head to Canterbury – the Bulldogs having already benefited greatly from the mid-season acquisition of former Warrior Krisnan Inu.
Seluini wasn’t the only Panther to be let go on Wednesday with winger Sandor Earl released to Canberra.
Interim ARL Commission chief executive Shane Mattiske admitted there were varying reasons for the high rate of player movement, but said there were no immediate plans to change rules.
“It’s certainly something we’re monitoring and it’s the sort of thing we’d look at the end of each year in our review,” Mattiske told AAP.
“But whilst it’s being monitored, there’s no view to change the system now – it’s in place and it’s a system the clubs are working to, which is why we’d look at it at the end of the season in terms of an ordinary review.”
Some clubs, such as the Cowboys, have acted immediately to cover for injuries, with Mitchell helping fill the gap left by James Segeyaro’s enforced absence.
The Roosters dragged out the departure of Perrett due to their own injury concerns, but they were in no position to offer the three-and-a-half year deal tabled by the Bulldogs to snare the dependable winger.
“You need to look at why some of these changes are happening and sometimes there are valid reasons for why these players are shifting between clubs, particularly in relation to the management of rosters and salary caps across those clubs,” Mattiske said.
The changes might not be done with yet ahead of this weekend’s cutoff, with speculation Parramatta prop Justin Poore could make a switch to Canberra or Newcastle.
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