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2013/14 Contract Signing: Player Movements, rumours etc...To Date.

MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

Maybe we should keep it here to reduce alot of threads..It's working in general.
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To expand on a post thats written already..



WENDELL SAILOR is poised to put pen to paper for a return to the NRL, with St George-Illawarra running out the welcome mat for the wayward star.
On the day the Dragons secured its co-captains Jason Ryles and Ben Hornby for a further three years, it emerged Sailor would join the pair in the famous red V next season, after he has served out his two-year suspension for a positive drug test.
Several sources told The Australian Sailor had negotiated a deal which would allow him to resume his career in the NRL when his drug suspension ends next May.
It is understood Sailor, who is likely to play in the second row rather than the backline, has agreed to a contract heavily laced with incentives.
Dragons chief executive Peter Doust was unavailable for comment last night but the club has already approached the NRL with regards to signing Sailor, a premiership winner with Brisbane before he switched to rugby union at the end of 2002.
It is unclear whether Sailor's return will include any special conditions, as is the case with disgraced West Coast Eagles AFL star Ben Cousins.
However, NRL chief executive David Gallop said the league would not stand in the way of any club if it wanted to sign Sailor.
Gallop also said the NRL was unlikely to place any caveats on Sailor's return, as he would have served his penalty.
"If a club comes to us with a contract we would consider whether any special conditions needed to be imposed at the time but as a general proposition once he has served his suspension we would be agreeable to him playing again," Gallop said.
"He's done the crime and he's done the time."
News of Sailor's imminent return with St George-Illawarra came as the club continued to clean out its playing ranks.
Halfback Mathew Head, playing in premier league, is negotiating a deal which would take him to English club Hull for the remainder of the year.
The only stumbling block to Head leaving for England could be the terms of the contract. It is understood Hull wants Head for the remainder of this year with the option to extend if he makes a successful transition.
The Dragons would prefer Hull takes Head for next season as well, thus easing the strain on their salary cap as Head's deal in 2008 is believed to be worth about $300,000.
While Head could be on his way out, young forward Chris Houston will join teammates Danny Wicks and Wes Naiqama at Newcastle next season.
Another forward, Ashton Sims, is also on the move after being granted permission to leave at season's end while Richie Williams (Penrith) and Luke MacDougall (Newcastle) have already departed.
The Dragons did stem the flow yesterday with the signing of former Junior Kangaroo Michael Lett from Parramatta until the end of 2008.
But the sweeping player changes at the Dragons pale into insignificance with the acquisition of Sailor, who is negotiating the deal without his manager Greg Keenan, whom he has left.
At the age of 32 he would be considered a risk but his lack of recent football would be offset by his marketability.
Five years after switching codes and playing for the Wallabies, Sailor is still very much a household name among rugby league aficionados.
He was one of the game's leading players when he signed with the Australian Rugby Union, quickly becoming a member of the Wallabies.
South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters, along with St George-Illawarra, were initially linked with Sailor.
However, the Rabbitohs and Roosters ruled out making a play for the former Test winger, whose career stalled when he returned a positive test for cocaine following the New South Wales Waratahs game against the Brumbies on April 16, 2006.
That indiscretion cost Sailor a $500,000-a-year contract with the ARU and NSW Waratahs.
Sailor has spoken publicly since receiving his ban to warn of the dangers of illicit drug use, and he has continued to work on his fitness in the hope of landing a deal in the NRL.
There had been speculation he would seek a reduction in his ban in the hope of making his signature more desirable.
Under changes to WADA, expected to be introduced in November, Sailor could apply for an early return which would enable him to train and play from January 1.
Sailor dismissed that notion two months ago but there is little doubt he would be more appealing to the Dragons should he be given permission to return before May.
As it stands, Sailor is forbidden from training or playing with any sporting clubs.
Sailor, who will be 33 when he returns to the premiership, has also been a guest commentator for Channel Nine and has a regular stint on Sydney radio. 
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SaintAnger

SaintAnger

Is it?

I wish it wasn't so, but I see very little positives at the moment. We are so far off the pace it's not even funny. 
SaintAnger

SaintAnger

Beale to Beale, chips over the top Beale regathers, cut out pass to Beale and Beale crashes over under the posts!

How many Beale's is too many? 
Marcus1979

Marcus1979

currently we have 1 beale too many ;) 
SaintAnger

SaintAnger

Let's sign Danny Geale too :) 
knitey

knitey

Needs more Beale.:D 
saints

saints

Now it's Thompson - from Canberra of course ... :lol: 
cpr_89

cpr_89

Why wouldn't you look there, Canberra have a lot of quality players. If Thompson is leaving that probably means they paid too much for Papalii, which is good for us. 
stanleyg

stanleyg

Harold up at Hurstville said he heard the dragons were going to make a play for choc Mundine as he is still fit and has the mouth to spur on the team.
Is there anyone the media wont link the dragons to be making a play for?? 
Stooge007

Stooge007

and the circus continues with Beale etc. 
Marcus1979

Marcus1979

I say its Karma, for years our squad and lower grades was pillaged from other NRL clubs now its our turn to return the favor ;) 
knitey

knitey

You've had the Pillage, now it's time for the Rape.:) 
saints

saints

Agree - but lets go for a player who can set us going - light the flame - make the break ... :)

They have a few useful "halves" that might be open to a good offer. 
SaintAnger

SaintAnger

Beale would be a steal, but Geale would be the real deal :) 
saints

saints

There is some appeal ... :) 
rumackay

rumackay

Carney said outright that he was staying at the Sharks and it was only the fine print that had to be sorted. He was on 360 (or Sterlo) last week at one of their recovery sessions talking about Flanagan being back. I know footy players are notorious for back flips but he sounded pretty certain 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

Very interesting.

Considering we've not heard of all but 1 in general rumors.

Carney. Not so sure about him.

Joel Thompson (Canberra),
Haven't seen too much of him.

Mitchell Aubusson (Roosters)

He has always been alright, just not sure if he is worth it.

Feleti Mateo (Warriors)

I've always thought this guy was going to go places. I don't think he became what i originally expected. He can be a handy player though. 
cpr_89

cpr_89

Thompson is a very good player and would be my pick out of that lot. Aubusson would be a very smart buy as well.

Mateo can play but not sure if he will be good value over the length of a contract, I'd prefer the others there.

Would take Carney on talent. Would be good if we could get Townsend from Cronulla as well. 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

[h=1]Great raid: Dragons chasing yet another Canberra player[/h] [h=2]By JON TUXWORTH[/h]March 28, 2013, midnight

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[*] http://cdn.fairfaxregional.com.au/preview/c1200x678/storypad-fCYJja9iKCnEpjnTRSxRRL/ef4f05d0-e977-430f-aaef-584d99298b6f.jpg The Dragons have been linked with Joel Thompson. Picture: COLLEEN PETCH
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St George Illawarra have their sights set on poaching another Raiders youngster, with the Dragons emerging as Canberra's biggest rival in its quest to retain Joel Thompson.
Thompson has been heavily linked to Parramatta after they missed out on fellow Raiders back-rower Josh Papalii, but Fairfax Media understands the Dragons are firming as the Raiders likely challenger.
His Canberra deal expires at the end of the season, and the Raiders are desperate to retain the 24-year-old.


With veteran three-quarter Matt Cooper likely to retire after this year, the Dragons are attracted by Thompson's versatility.
Thompson has found a permanent home in Canberra's back row this year, but has played a significant portion of his 72 NRL games at centre.
It was a dual role NSW Origin representative Beau Scott formerly filled at the Dragons before heading to Newcastle this year.
Helping the Dragons' cause is the wealth of former Raiders already on their books, including Bronx Goodwin, Bronson Harrison, Michael Weyman and Daniel Vidot. It is also understood the struggling Warriors are also poised to make a play at Thompson.
Head coach Matt Elliott and assistant Andrew McFadden are former Raiders staffers, and are big fans of Thompson.
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The Raiders have held some discussions with Thompson's management, and the club is also busy trying to lock up a number of other off-contract players.
Halfback Sam Williams, centre Jarrod Croker and prop Brett White head the list of players whose deals expire at the end of the year.
Canberra are in a strong bargaining position after they ripped up Josh Dugan's rich contract, but the saga has prolonged discussions with other players.'

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1394507/great-raid-dragons-chasing-yet-another-canberra-player/?cs=302 
Maximus89

Maximus89

Why so many backrowers? We aren't the Sharks. 
DevoutSaint

DevoutSaint

This thread is called Contract-Signing-Player Movements and "RUMOURS" etc lol 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

Did you ever hear the story about the boy who cried wolf?

That's all he is saying.. 
DevoutSaint

DevoutSaint

Two forwards who are on the market for next year are Frank Prichard and Frank Paul (the Franks). Now these are two forwards that I would like us to sign. They are both damaging runners and can off load. I think they would add some toughness to us too. But we have not been linked to either of them to my knowledge. I mentioned Frank Paul last year. 
DevoutSaint

DevoutSaint

@MS, Yeah I have already thought of the boy who cried wolf. lol

I have never said that we are signing this player or that player. I always like to say where the information comes from that I pass on. lol 
Stooge007

Stooge007

i hear we're still sniffing around Sam Williams 
SumfnKrishy

SumfnKrishy

Widdop aye, could be awesome...

Still feel bad for Soward, bloke played his heart our for us.
Saw an offcontract list the other day and was wondering why Widdop wasnt being chased, next day...BOOM :)
Well Done to Doust an co. 

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