Rugby League 2021 Rabbitohs Rumours, Signings And News

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New NRL rules explained - Scrums, field goals, six-agains, trainers: https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/02/26/new-nrl-rules-explained-scrums-field-goals-six-agains-trainers/

NRL willing to again tweak new rules after trial run - Annesley: https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/02/26/nrl-willing-to-again-tweak-new-rules-after-trial-run-annesley/

V'landys re-elected as ARL Commission bounces back financially: https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/02/26/vlandys-re-elected-as-arl-commission-bounces-back-financially/

Bennett and the Jets - NRL 17th team contender confirms talks for Brisbane homecoming: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/e64c7e37b6892eb4d5bf2ab7c2462523
 
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From Sporting News,

South Sydney Rabbitohs warned off long-term Adam Reynolds deal

Greg Alexander has warned South Sydney against signing halfback and captain Adam Reynolds to a long-term deal at this stage of his career.

Reynolds, 30, is going into the final year of his deal with the Rabbitohs and is currently at an impasse in negotiations over a contract extension at Redfern.

"We've started negotiations but we're not right on the same page at the moment," Reynolds told Sporting News earlier this week.

"I'd like to play for another three or four years. I'd like to sign for three years."

Reynolds has played all 206 of his first-grade games with Souths and helped steer them to the drought-breaking 2014 premiership.

Penrith great Alexander said loyalty and sentimentality can lead teams into trouble when it comes to long-serving stars.

"There is often a contract signed to a club legend that is too long at the back end of his career," Alexander told SEN, adding a two-year deal would be an appropriate compromise for both parties.

"I think in the end they'll give him two years and I think he'd take two years. That would be wise.

"That would keep him on his toes but it would also mean, if he doesn't aim up, they've only got him for two years."

Alexander said Reynolds' form in the second half of 2020 was the best he's seen from the seven, but had queries about some of his performances prior to that.

"You couldn't offer Adam Reynolds a four-year deal. If he got offered a four-year deal, he'd take it in a heartbeat," he added.

"His form over his recent contract has ebbed and flowed, it's been up and down, you can't sign a guy towards the back end of his career on a three or four-year deal when his form ebbs and flows.

"You've got to take every player on face value and you would only sign a guy that you knew you were going to get everything out of him every week to a long-term deal."

Adding to the Rabbitohs' considerations is the deal they recently gave a 30-year-old Sam Burgess - $4 million over four years - only for him to be forced into medical retirement after one season, while they are also mindful of the development of young half Blake Taaffe.
 
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From Sporting News,

South Sydney Rabbitohs warned off long-term Adam Reynolds deal

Greg Alexander has warned South Sydney against signing halfback and captain Adam Reynolds to a long-term deal at this stage of his career.

Reynolds, 30, is going into the final year of his deal with the Rabbitohs and is currently at an impasse in negotiations over a contract extension at Redfern.

"We've started negotiations but we're not right on the same page at the moment," Reynolds told Sporting News earlier this week.

"I'd like to play for another three or four years. I'd like to sign for three years."

Reynolds has played all 206 of his first-grade games with Souths and helped steer them to the drought-breaking 2014 premiership.

Penrith great Alexander said loyalty and sentimentality can lead teams into trouble when it comes to long-serving stars.

"There is often a contract signed to a club legend that is too long at the back end of his career," Alexander told SEN, adding a two-year deal would be an appropriate compromise for both parties.

"I think in the end they'll give him two years and I think he'd take two years. That would be wise.

"That would keep him on his toes but it would also mean, if he doesn't aim up, they've only got him for two years."

Alexander said Reynolds' form in the second half of 2020 was the best he's seen from the seven, but had queries about some of his performances prior to that.

"You couldn't offer Adam Reynolds a four-year deal. If he got offered a four-year deal, he'd take it in a heartbeat," he added.

"His form over his recent contract has ebbed and flowed, it's been up and down, you can't sign a guy towards the back end of his career on a three or four-year deal when his form ebbs and flows.

"You've got to take every player on face value and you would only sign a guy that you knew you were going to get everything out of him every week to a long-term deal."

Adding to the Rabbitohs' considerations is the deal they recently gave a 30-year-old Sam Burgess - $4 million over four years - only for him to be forced into medical retirement after one season, while they are also mindful of the development of young half Blake Taaffe.
Yep, 2 years is reasonable, and if his body holds up well, and if he plays well, then they could always add another year onto it. He does turn 33 in 2023 though. I think he'll be done after that. Maybe after that he could be a consultant for the Club as a kicking coach.
 
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From Zero Tackle,

NRL to introduce trade window by 2023

The NRL aims to introduce a trade window by 2023 to stop player agents from using phantom offers to drive up their clients value.

The League plans to introduce two trade windows, one right after the Grand Final and another in January, in an effort to stop players and clubs from breaking contracts before they expire.

“Our system needs to be updated and there are frustrations for everyone,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said and reported by David Riccio from The Daily Telegraph.

“We think this is a genuine opportunity to make our game even more appealing to fans and if we’re running a sports entertainment business here, then positive change is good for all of us.’’

Under the current system, weaker clubs have been used as ‘contract bait’ to increase interest in off-contract players.

Two trade periods will increase transparency in allowing clubs to negotiate deals that will benefit them as well as the players and aim to stop players from signing contracts with other teams well before their current contract expires.
 
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From the Daily Telegraph,

Sam Burgess: Former Souths captain caught by camera, police say

It was a hi-tech police camera which caught former Souths and England captain Sam Burgess when he was charged with traffic offences earlier this month.

A hi-tech camera fitted to a highway patrol car identified that Burgess’ BMW X5 was unregistered, which is why he was stopped on the Old Hume Highway on February 15, police sources confirmed.

The revelation contradicts speculation that police officers were acting on a tip-off when they pulled the former South Sydney captain and England star over.

Burgess was charged with driving an unregistered car and police will allege the Englishman has never held a NSW driver’s licence, despite first playing for Souths in the NRL back in 2010.

Police also allege he returned a positive roadside drug test for cocaine, which has been sent away for further analysis.

Results of the testing could take several weeks.

Burgess was driving to pick up his two children.

The Sunday Telegraph understands the visit was initially planned to take place at the property he rents just outside of Bowral.

Hours before though, it is believed Burgess was notified he needed to drive into Bowral itself to collect them from the local Botanic Gardens.

Police pulled Burgess over when he exited the highway from Sydney.

He was issued a court attendance notice for the charges of driving a vehicle while a resident of more than three months and not obtaining a local licence and using an unregistered vehicle and is due to appear in Moss Vale Local Court on May 4.

Meanwhile it can also be revealed Burgess has lodged an appeal against his conviction for intimidating his ex-wife Phoebe’s father Mitchell Hooke at his Glenquarry property on October 19, 2019 with the intention of causing him physical and mental harm.

The case is listed for mention in the District Court on March 15.

The ex-Rabbitohs captain was sentenced on February 5 to a two-year community correction order with anger management support.

He had pleaded not guilty to intimidation and a back-up count of common assault over the verbal clash with Mr Hooke at his sprawling Glenquarry property on October 19, 2019. The assault charge was dismissed.

Burgess is forbidden from approaching his father-in- law, the former CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia, nor is he allowed within one kilometre of Mr Hooke’s farm.
 
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Players struggle to keep pace as NRL rule changes take effect in trials: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/8243e846d09936bc2000abef8d7a2a7a

From Zero Tackle, Amone was on a train and trial with us this Pre-Season but it looks like that's where it's ended,

Wests Tigers reportedly set to sign former Rabbitohs prop Tom Amone

Wests Tigers are set to announce the signing of former Rabbitohs prop Tom Amone to their 30-man roster, leaving Michael McGuire with just the two spots left ahead of the 2021 season.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald’s Christian Nicolussi, the Tigers have added the 24-year-old to their squad.

Amone played nine matches for Souths after making his debut with the club in 2019 and was one of seven players delisted by the Rabbitohs in November last year, joining James Roberts, Ethan Lowe, Jack Johns, Cory Denniss, Kurt Dillon and Ky Rodwell on the outer at Redfern.

The Westmead local will look to add plenty of depth and selection pressure for Maguire, with new recruits Joe Ofahengaue and James Tamou set to man starting roles this season.

The Tigers announced the extension of young halfback Jock Madden to a new deal over the weekend, with the 20-year-old prolonging his stay at Concord until the end of the 2022 season.

I just read on the Rabbitohs forum that Su'a will be back for Rd #1.
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Fantastic news!! Cheers Southy!
 
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