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Calls grow to punish NRL defectors

Another Cronulla Sharks legend has come out swinging at players like Valentine Holmes who their clubs with years to run on a contract.

Luke Covell, who played 131 games for Cronulla and 22 for Wests Tigers, blasted players who fail to honour the full length of deals they have signed.

“If you break your contract, I for sure think there should be some kind of punishment. What that is, I don’t know,” Covell told Macquarie Sports Radio’s Cam Reddin.

Sharks skipper Paul Gallen recently called for the NRL to consider punishing players like Valentine Holmes who leave the game with years left on their contract to chase a career in another code.

Holmes was contracted to Cronulla for 2019, however the club agreed to a release in November, stating they had “no choice” but to let their star player leave early.

Covell wants to see players who sign long-term deals see them out in full.

“You commit yourself for however long you sign. The principle of the loyalty, you can’t just change your mind,” he said.

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