Dylan Napa's swinging arm missed Aiken but he whacked him in the chin with his shoulder. That's a high shot and deserved a penalty.
So I don't agree on this tackle but I agree with the general theme.
You see 10 tackles in a row where the defenders are holding players down and the 11th gets penalised.
You see 50 forward passes from dummy half and the 51st gets pinged.
Video ref decisions are tedious and anything that's not blatantly obvious seems like a lottery.
Teams with momentum get every decision go their way.
Some rules are enforced, a lot are ignored, then halfway through the season the interpretation and the focus changes.
They say if you don't notice the ref he's had a good game...these blokes stick out like dogs bollocks EVERY week...
I'm with you on the lack of integrity - the round 13 system actually rewards a lack of integrity and has to be changed.
But hamstringing players into not being able to negotiate until they're out if contract isn't the solution.
Why should he have to?
How would you feel if you knew your contract at work was going to in October, you were confident that you could attract more money elsewhere but were told that you weren't allowed to negotiate until AFTER your contract had expired?
In your industry there's also a high chance that you'll have to re-locate to another city and report to work in early November.
So, you have a month to find a suitable employer, negotiate terms for your next three year contract. Find a house, sell your existing property, move your family, find schools, etc.
In a month! That scenario is ridiculous and you wouldn't stand for it. Why should a footballer?