The Northern Territory news Mon 27 Jul 2020
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MONDAY JULY 27 2020 SPORT 43 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA SBW deal leads to player wage debate PAUL CRAWLEY PETER Vlandys says he would be open to making all NRL player salaries transparent but would only do so if the players agreed to it. There are renewed calls for the NRL to come clean on all player salaries as debate fires up about Sonny Bill Williams highly anticipated return for the Sydney Roosters at a bargain price. Rival clubs privately question how the star-studded Roosters are able to swing another salary cap super deal so that a player of Williams calibre can return on a hitand-run mission on a reported $200,000 for the remainder of the season. Transparency is your friend, it is not your enemy, Vlandys said. However, we would never do it without the approval of the players because it is their personal details. You have to remember, it is aggregated to get the salary cap, it is not just one player. You are basically taking peoples personal information to get to that aggregation. Even though we are try ing to keep clubs to account, at the end of the day it is the players salary that is out there. I respect that. If it comes off, it would potentially represent one of the best bang-for-his-buck deals highly respected Roosters chairman Nick Politis has ever secured. Politis has been the games greatest negotiator for decades. and he continues to be, with a stack of his players on way less money than their true market worth. You just had to look at News Corps top 100 NRL salaries to see how smart the Roosters spend their money, with star playmaker Luke Keary the value buy of the NRL right now. And while rival clubs often whinge about the deals Politis gets done, the reality is the Roosters still have to go through all the same salary cap hoops as other clubs to get the NRL to sign off. In fairness, this one will most likely only include four regular season games along with however many weeks the Roosters go in the finals as they chase a third straight premiership. Some have even ques tioned if there will be more risk than reward given Williams turns 35 early next month. In fact, he only had a handful of games with Toronto in the Super League before the season was shut down due to COVID-19 following his switch back from rugby union. But there is no denying if this deal gets the green light this week it will give the Roosters a tremendous boost in the wake of recent injuries to ball-playing lock Victor Radley and tough backrower Angus Crichton. Cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams could return to the Roosters for a bargain price. Picture: NRL PHOTOS Panthers big payday BOOM centre Stephen Crichton described by Penrith legend Greg Alexander as an exceptional and unique talent is poised to sign a rich long-term deal keeping him at the Panthers for the next four years. Crichton (pictured), who played against Gold Coast Ti tans yesterday, is close to signing a $1.5m, three-year extension which will have him remain a Panther until 2024. The deal with Crichton, who drew interest from at least six NRL clubs, comes amid speculation the centre would be a target of cashed-up Canterbury. Juve celebrations on ice M A U R I Z I O S a r r i (pictured) urged his Juventus players not to lose their focus as they have a second chance to clinch the clubs ninth Serie A title in a row at home against Sampdoria this morning (NT time). The reigning champion fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at strug gling Udinese to miss out on wrapping up the title with three games to play. We must be combative and not lose our heads, because going close counts for nothing. In all the games we want to bring home points even if we have until August 2 to do it, Sarri said. Octane may go straight HIGHLY ta lented gelding Octane (pictured) is tipped to have his next run down the Flemington straight after another impressive win at Morphettville on Saturday. Trainer Phillip Stokes will be guided by the fouryear-olds recovery from his fifth win from six starts for the stable, with the Group 3 Spring Stakes over 1200m at Morphettville on August 15 as an option. But stable spokesman Tommy Stokes favours a trip to Mel bourne over 1100m at Flemington in two weeks. It is not ideal, two weeks between runs, Tommy said. THE NRL is set to make one of the most significant administration appointments in the games history by head hunting Phil Gould to take on a Mr Fix-it role in the wake of another weekend of referee controversy and bunker howlers. News Corp can reveal that Gould is in high-level discussions with ARL Commission chairman Peter Vlandys to take on a consultancy position. In April, News Corp ran a poll discussing who should be the next NRL Head of Football and Gould was the overwhelming readers choice. It can also be revealed that interim chief executive Andrew Abdo is now considered a near certainty to take over fulltime from Todd Greenberg but Goulds anticipated role could revolutionise the structure and decision-making process that has long infuriated fans. Abdo has done an impressive job in difficult circumstances since taking charge during the COVID-19 crisis and has impressed Vlandys. Gould has played, coached and run clubs, as well as worked in the media, and his expertise would only be rivalled by Wayne Bennett. It is expected that if he agrees to take on the job he would work closely with NRL head of football Graham Annesley, who is likely to be offered a new contract as well. Annesleys current contract is up at the end of the season but he is well respected within the game and has an outstanding knowledge of how rugby league operates on a day-today level. Gould also has an outstanding knowledge of the salary cap and what needs to be done to better help relations between the clubs and the governing body. Annesley was forced to stand down bunker officials Steve Clark and Ben Galea after a diabolic blunder that incorrectly awarded a try to Cronulla in their four-point victory over St George Illawarra on Saturday. NRL eyeing Gould for Mr Fix-it role PAUL CRAWLEY