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Toovey takes aim at player managers

There seems to be no end in sight to the dramas plaguing the NRL off season that has seen multiple coaches and players breaking contracts and changing clubs

News this morning that Warriors play maker Shaun Johnson has been granted an immediate release from the club and that the Dragons English five eighth Gareth Widdop is homesick and wanting leave with 3 years remaining on his current contract.

Sea Eagles legend and former coach Geoff Toovey joined the Macquarie Sports Radio breakfast show this morning identifying who he believes to be at fault for the off field turmoil around players and coaches changing clubs and breaking contracts, “Player managers, I think they do have a little too much power in the game at the moment. You look at the shenanigans that’s gone on the last 3 or 4 months and if you connect the dots I think you’ll find that the same people are involved in the background of a lot of those decisions.”

Toovey continued, “It’s very hard when you’re paying people for performance and then a player says ‘I don’t want to play here anymore’. What do you do? I mean he’s contracted for another 2 or 3 years, you can make him stay there but what are you going to get out of him? So this is the tricky thing when it comes to paying people on performance based contracts. You need to manage that really well otherwise you’re paying for a dud.”

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