‘Media coverage can be relentless’ says NRL Players Association

Former NRL Player and Rugby League Players Association General Manager of Stakeholder Relations Clint Newton says the media plays an important role as a stakeholder in the NRL.

The discussion comes after the Canterbury Bulldogs were snapped naked at a private function during Mad Monday celebrations.

Newton says everyone needs to work together.

“I think we need to develop a greater level of understanding among the stakeholder groups,” he told Halftime with James Willis.

“We want to provide an environment where players have the confident to speak up, at the moment it can be quite relentless.”

The Bulldogs were fined $250,000 for ‘bringing the game into disrepute.’

Newton says the players need to be responsible for what they can control.

“There is certainly a level of expectation on everyone involved. It is how we carry ourselves around the community.

“Perception isn’t always reality, so there is an obligation one educating the masses through their roles.”

Newton also says Penrith Panthers’ players have been pretty resilient this year, following the sacking of Anthony Griffin just four weeks out from the finals.

“They just want to play football, their focus would’ve been predominantly set around that.”