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    Phil Gould should be reprimanded for his comments during the State Championship grand final. (Image: Paul Miller / AAP)

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    Nobody can blame Michael Jennings for signing a $650,000-a-year contract. But the enigmatic centre only has himself to blame for what has happened since.

    Once considered a prodigy the Panthers could build an exciting future on, Jennings has become nothing more than a passenger in his own stuttering career.

    If you’re going to sign such a huge contract, you have to back it up in absolutely everything you do. The silky outside back has done anything but. Jennings hasn’t just given Panthers General Manager Phil Gould ammunition; he has given him an arsenal.

    Now the international centre sits precariously on the chopping block.

    In this crazy world we call the National Rugby League, it is anybody’s guess where he will end up.

    Will it be the Sydney Roosters or will it be the Gold Coast Titans?

    Or is there another twist at the foot of the mountains?

    Could the media-shy Jennings break his silence or could he even sit down with Gould and cop a pay cut for the club that made him a superstar?

    Looking closely, the only real winners in all of this might just be the Panthers.

    If Jennings does accept a pay cut, which is highly unlikely, Gould and Penrith get what they want. If he does leave, Penrith would have finally cleaned up the worst salary cap the modern game has seen.

    Jennings would look lovely in a Roosters strip. But what does he bring to a team that desperately needs leadership and a little less flash?

    With the likes of Mitchell Pearce and Sonny Bill Williams leading a metrosexual renaissance at Allianz Stadium, the Roosters need some ticker. A warrior willing to lead from the front.

    Jennings isn’t that guy.

    Gold Coast is another side willing to fork out a motza for his services.

    Titans CEO David May couldn’t speak highly enough of the out-of-favour Panther.

    “He’s a superstar of the game and we want superstars at the Titans,” May told The Daily Telegraph earlier in the week.

    “I’d imagine we are one of a number of clubs interested in him, but ultimately it will be Michael’s decision.

    “We’d love to have him here but if we don’t get him we have a number of different players already at the club who can more than do the job in the outside backs.”

    Gold Coast coach John Cartwright is seemingly doing everything in his power to not sign a genuine halfback. With a plethora of giant forwards and a few talented wingers, the Titans desperately need a playmaker.

    They don’t need Jennings.

    The Roosters and the Titans are chasing Jennings for the sake of chasing.

    One way or another, Gould and the Panthers are laughing all the way to the bank.

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    The Crowd Says (19)

    • Roar Guru

      January 10th 2013 @ 6:05am
      peeeko said | January 10th 2013 @ 6:05am | ! Report

      i agree that penrith are laughing and the others are chasing but i also would like to see written proof that Jennings is on 650k a year as widely reported in that bastion of truth known as the telegraph

    • January 10th 2013 @ 10:52am
      betts said | January 10th 2013 @ 10:52am | ! Report

      If he isnt on that much, how come Gould or MJ havent come out and said so?

      • Roar Guru

        January 10th 2013 @ 11:31am
        Curtis Woodward said | January 10th 2013 @ 11:31am | ! Report

        It would be very close to 650k

        • Roar Guru

          January 11th 2013 @ 4:46am
          peeeko said | January 11th 2013 @ 4:46am | ! Report

          what makes you say that?

      • Roar Guru

        January 11th 2013 @ 4:48am
        peeeko said | January 11th 2013 @ 4:48am | ! Report

        football managers never come out and discuss salary levels in public, it is always just heresay and up to the imagination of journalists or player managers trying to look good (tyran Smith)

    • January 10th 2013 @ 12:31pm
      icoogee said | January 10th 2013 @ 12:31pm | ! Report

      Panthers won’t be laughing if no club comes to the party & picks him up – Then the panthers remain responsible for a ridiculous wage for a non playing player!

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    • January 10th 2013 @ 1:02pm
      Willo said | January 10th 2013 @ 1:02pm | ! Report

      Curtis, you ask what will Jennings bring to the Roosters? How about some pace in the backs? They haven’t had a decent speedster since Amos Roberts. If you consider the backs they’ve run out in the past few years – Aubs, Leilua, Mini, Henry, Justin Carney, Moga, Tupou , SKD – they’ve either been backrowers, too old and too slow, too inconsistent, too young or just plain average. Jennings and Oldfield running down the left side of SBW would be great to watch.

      • Roar Guru

        January 10th 2013 @ 1:54pm
        Curtis Woodward said | January 10th 2013 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

        Most probably. But right now, at this very moment, the Roosters need the complete opposite to Jennings. If Carney was still there, signing Jennings would be exactly what they need. Squad balance and chemistry is more important than a flashy outside back.

    • January 10th 2013 @ 2:43pm
      Baggins said | January 10th 2013 @ 2:43pm | ! Report

      Whos in your grand final curtis?

      • Roar Guru

        January 10th 2013 @ 3:46pm
        Curtis Woodward said | January 10th 2013 @ 3:46pm | ! Report

        Bulldogs v Broncos or the Raiders as my smokey

    • January 10th 2013 @ 6:56pm
      Farmerj said | January 10th 2013 @ 6:56pm | ! Report

      Jennings could come to Auckland.

      There would be worse fits for him regarding natural stlye of play of the team mates

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