Eagle, you are correct in saying we need as many players in Aus as possible as opposed to heading off overseas, but not all players are getting the sweetener deal of the sabbatical. So why Foley? I also think but for injury, he hasn't nailed his spot by any stretch, an even if he had, he has only been in there for 1 season as starter. Not exactly 'superstar' status. Just seems Foley is an odd choice to offer this... But as you say, we won't know who was offered and who wasn't... Would be interesting to see... Again, with Cooper off contract, will he be offered the same deal?
I look forward to seeing who else is/was given the option. In theory now, we shouldn't lose players overseas because they have this option... Or are there special criteria to meet? What are those criteria, and who decides who meets them?
Again, why Foley? I would love to know if others were afforded the option prior to signing offshore.
I just find Foley a really odd choice for this.