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NRL players union vs Newcastle 'sledgehammer' fines

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14th January, 2019

Newcastle Knights CEO Phil Gardner has taken a stand against any of the Knights players who go out of line.

With an unprecedented and rather ballsy policy that any out of line Knights players will be fined 25 per cent of their yearly salary and could even face a potential termination of their contract. However, the NRL Players Union aren’t too pleased with it.

I love how the NRL Players Union is pissed off about how strict our club is now with the punishments.

First off, this is a brilliant strategy for them to be disciplined on and off the field.

Second, it shows just how serious we are. Lastly, here’s a big middle finger accompanied with a “harden the fuck up” call to the NRL Players Union.

You guys are way too soft for your own good with players mucking around big time more than ever.

Since the grand final, we’ve had multiple sexual assault charges, four assault charges (two against women) and an entire club banned from a boating hotspot. Perhaps you should take a leaf out of the Knights’ book.

I don’t know what has happened but it has gotten out of control. You have the power to make a change and stand your ground.

You know why the Knights did it, because they don’t want their fans (including yours truly) to read that one or multiple of their players are in trouble.


So instead of trying to fight what they did, how about you spread it to the rest of the clubs? Guess what’s stopping you… nothing!

Although I’m happy the Players Union are making a stand, unfortunately they are on the wrong side of the matter this time around. They need to know how important improving player behaviour is not only for their players, but for the future of the game.