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Sunday Territorian 7 Nov 2021



Sunday Territorian 7 Nov 2021


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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44 SPORT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 PARRAMATTA is considering handing Curtis Scott a lifeline next season. The Eels, South Sydney and North Queensland have discussed signing Scott but it is Parramatta that has emerged a shock contender in recent days. The Tigers also considered handing the premiership winner another crack at the NRL. Scott, 24, has not played since May after being stood down by the Raiders. He was sacked by Canberra in August after a nightclub incident. Scott was also fined $15,000 by the NRL after being charged with assault. Scotts case will be mentioned in court on Monday. His contract will need to be approved by the NRL. Scott has been working at his brothers landscaping business as he waited for an opportunity to resurrect his career. He previously revealed he had attended Alcoholics Anonymous and undergone psychiatric treatment in a desperate bid to get back into the top grade. Ive been to the lowest of the lows, Scott said in August. You cant get any lower. It was as dark as it gets. Scott could compete with youngster Will Penisini and Waqa Blake for a starting cen tre spot if he joins the Eels. He burst on to the scene winning a premiership in his first full season of first grade with the Storm in 2017. Veteran hooker Mitch Rein is Parramattas only addition to its squad after the off-season departures of Blake Ferguson, Will Smith, Michael Oldfield and Joey Lussick. The Eels are locked in contract discussions with players including skipper Clint Gutherson, Reed Mahoney and Junior Paulo. The Eels locked down prop Reagan CampbellGillard until 2025 on Friday. Meanwhile, Penrith has signed playmaker Sean OSullivan to a one-year deal. Eels consider handing Scott an NRL lifeline Curtis Scott. MICHAEL CARAYANNIS KURT ON MISSION TO HELP BRONCOS GET BACK ON TOP KURT Capewell believes Brisbane is ready to hit back as a finals force and has pledged to bring his premiership-winning touch from the Panthers to the Broncos. The Queensland Origin utility celebrated a childhood dream last month when he clinched his maiden NRL premiership ring in Penriths 14-12 grand final defeat of South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium. Now Capewell and Souths grand final rival Adam Reynolds represent the two key recruits charged with spearheading Brisbanes premiership fightback. Rocked by finishing last and third last in the past two seasons, the Broncos need winners and Capewell oozes success. The kid from Charleville vividly remembers Darren Lockyer piloting Brisbane to its last premiership in 2006 and the ultra-reliable backrower wants to bring the glory days back. I would love to win a premiership for the club, it would be awesome, said Capewell, who is on a three-year deal. The Broncos should never be anywhere else but the top four. Kurt Capewell. KEVVIE UP FOR BOLD NEW DEAL KEVIN Walters has backed himself to revive Brisbane as a premiership force after agreeing to a landmark new contract that gives the Broncos the power to sack him without facing a major financial hit. It can be revealed Walters will be placed on a standard employment contract based strictly on performance including lucrative incentives for on-field success. As part of the deal, the club has given Walters the licence to go shop ping and bolster his football department. While NRL coaches have traditionally signed deals ranging from two to five years, Walters is happy to waive a fixed-contract period and will be judged solely on his week-to-week performance at the Broncos. Im not expecting any favours from anyone here, Walters said ahead of Brisbanes official return to pre-season on Monday. His original two-year contract, brokered in September 2020, will be rescinded. Instead, Walters will sign a revised open-ended employment contract, with no fixed term, under which he will be assessed like any other office employee at the Broncos. The restructured deal will include performance bonuses for Walters should he steer the Broncos to the finals, the top four or the clubs first premiership in 15 years. But there is no five-year buffer enjoyed by his predecessor Anthony Seibold, who subsequently received a $1.5m payout after parting ways with the Broncos just two seasons into his $3m-plus deal. Walters management has been in negotiations with Broncos bosses in recent weeks to modify his employment terms. Under the terms of the new employment contract, the Broncos must give Walters a period of notice, believed to be at least three months, should they wish to terminate the Brisbane legend. There is a view the traditional coaching contract is heavily weighted against NRL clubs, who are regularly subjected to multimillion-dollar termination payouts. The Broncos are also eager to avoid incessant media speculation over the future of Walters, who was originally off-contract during the 2022 premiership season. The Broncos coach is confident he can deliver and says his best form of security is to win consistently in his quest to deliver Brisbanes first premiership since 2006. I have to perform, he said. Every club has to get results and were no different. Ive said for a while I want to be here long term and I intend to do that. But Im not a fool either. Im not kidding myself. Its about getting results and I need to get results to stay in the role, which is pretty clear. PETER BADEL, TRAVIS MEYN AND PHIL ROTHFIELD Munster pledges loyalty to Storm after rehab exit in blow for Benny WAYNE Bennett faces a fight to lure Cameron Munster to the Dolphins, with the Maroons star baulking at a potential return to Queensland to head up the NRLs expansion franchise. It can be revealed Munster has informed the Storm he plans to remain in Melbourne and honour his contract until at least the end of 2023 after exiting a rehabilitation clinic in Brisbane. That rules Munster out of contention to become Bennetts marquee signing for the NRLs 17th club when it enters the competition in 2023. Dolphins coach Bennett and Munster struck up a bond during Queenslands famous 2020 State of Origin series victory. Earlier this year, Munster indicated he would consider a return to Queensland and had interest in heading up Brisbanes new team. But the Storms support through the recent white powder scandal, which resulted in Munster entering rehab, has seen him pledge his future to the club. Cam has indicated he wants to see out his career at the club, Storm chairman Matt Tripp said. I know he made comments earlier this year, but he quickly back-pedalled and tried to correct it after we had spoken. I dont think hed really thought it through. Hes probably got five or six good years left in him. Id like to think that beyond 2023 hed still want to make Melbourne home. Wayne can keep making all the statements he wants but at the end of the day Cameron is contracted to us and were pretty happy about that. Melbourne superstar Cameron Munster has gone off the idea of a return to his native Queensland. Picture: Getty Images TRAVIS MEYN AND PETER BADEL

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