The News Limited RL journos are dirty on John Grant and Dave Smith because they don’t leek stories like the previous administration. They are re-acting by trying to throw so much mud at them that they hope some will stick.
Dave Smith has gone to every club and has a clear opinion of their financial position and importantly their in house expertise going forward.
There is no doubt some of the results would be horrifying and the clubs that have needed rescuing also had to welcome some NRL appointed heads, some at Board level and some operational.
The sad fact is that many clubs are poor at running a business and for many years they have allowed the pokies to create a false economy when they should have been astute enough to create alternative revenue streams.
Two of the best managed clubs in the NRL are the Rabbitohs and the Storm and guess what? No pokies.
The Storm CEO, Chairman and Board Members do NOT have rugby league background, but I would bet that Dave Smith wished that every NRL run was as well run.
You sound like good company over a beer.
I do agree with you that RTS could be the best fullback NZ has ever produced. If Moa or Matulino had have been available then you would have lost Tohu Harris who I rated as your 2nd best forward behind Jesse.
No doubt many of the guys are over 30 but you are naive if you dont think that another gun will come in.
You need to read what I wrote and the thrust was that Aust would be around 1.25 if they are full strength. I do RL prices for a living.
You are also incorrect to say that we saw Billy Slater throughout 2014, on the downward decline. He had an outstanding 2014 season IMo and FYI he actually ran faster at seasons end than he did at the start.
I have no idea how you can predict how Aust will be in comparison with NZ in 5 years and how you think they have passed their peak.
The reality is what is real. Let's see what happens in the ANZAC Test and note the prices.