"He thinks he can do better than the money he has been given and he takes a look. He is not the first footballer to do it. The attacks against him will not break him or worry him. He is hard like. He's been there all his life and now he's defending himself. "
On Tuesday, Latrell Mitchell's door in Bondi was closed.
For Roosters, the view was simple. If a rival club has the money to take Mitchell for the 2020 season, it's up to them. This was a follow-up to our last week's article in which we told you that Mitchell had decided to leave. It is far from the moments that followed the emotional victory of the grand finale of the club last month.
In the minutes that followed, Mitchell had his daughter on his shoulders. She wore a red, white and blue dress and a giant smile. Mitchell kissed his mother, Patriciaand his father, Masthad tears in my eyes when I spoke to him.
"I told him, you're 22 and there are not a lot of players getting a big final, let alone two," said Matt about the moment. When I mentioned that the year had been difficult for his son, Matt said: "The good thing about the Roosters family is that they are all of the family. Robbo and the crew let him go home to fix the problem. "
Did he think Mitchell was staying at Roosters?
"I hope I like this place."
Fast forward one month and Trent Robinson is sitting in front of Latrell at his home in Maroubra, telling him that the offer is gone – $ 800,000 a year.
On the other side of the world Nick Politis his trainer was saying and was fuming. He knows how much the club has done for Mitchell and his family. Politis is a matter of respect. He did not feel like that of Mitchell.
Eddie has the dream of the major league
The noise around Eddie Jones had queued for the Wallabies coaching position – but the truth is that he's looking for another job.
NRL clubs have taken note, Jones would like to have a chance to play in the rugby league at some point in his career. Although he occupies one of the most prominent and well-paid positions in world rugby, there is a part of Jones who wants to test himself. As far as testing is concerned, accepting a position at the NRL is an important job.
From what I can understand, he told his friends that, taking over from Wayne Bennett when he ends up calling Souths. He has a weakness for the club. It is doubtful that the Rabbitohs are aware of his ambitions because he shared his thoughts on the league with a handful of people.
The South seem to have a succession plan in mind with Jason Demetriouwhich is very well considered. However, Bennett shows no signs of slowing down. He has been brilliant this year and is ready to take on the challenge of being without Sam Burgess.
Jones has great admiration for league players and loves football. During the World Cup, the Raiders coach Ricky Stuart joins the English rugby team at the invitation of Jones. You can be certain that the transfer of information was not one-way. Jones would have wanted to hold the brain of Stuart, who had guided Canberra to a grand finale.
"Eddie loves his league," Stuart said. "The way the English team played … let's just say that I've never seen a rugby club play as similar to a league club."
Stuart was asked if Jones could become a NRL coach.
"I do not know if he wants to coach in the NRL. Could he do it? I do not doubt that he could if it was on his radar. Transfer a code bus to code … well, they've never been so close, so yes, it's feasible. "
If there was another job that would interest Jones in rugby, it would be with Rugby Australia – not as a coach, but as a CEO. It's a whisper we've heard recently. He has the work ethic and the talent to make this work his own.
The blind trust of Wolfpack's owner in SBW
Sonny Bill Williams from public enemy # 1 in the light of world rugby – league and union – within a decade.
The transformation of the man is quite remarkable. So much so that the owner of the Toronto Wolfpack David Argyle has invested $ 10 million to secure it – and never met him.
Williams & # 39; manager Khoder Nasser is the man who has set up the biggest case in history. And the way it has happened is remarkable.
Argyle spoke to Sonny Bill only once – last Friday. It's a decision that even his family has already asked.
"As they say, if you're a billionaire and you have a sports team, you're not a billionaire anymore," Argyle said.
But Argyle's reasoning is simple: "The rugby icon of this generation is Sonny Bill Williams. He transcended sport. He leads a 360 degree life with his family, his religion and his sports. It is a brand in itself. But what he told me on the phone, he's not here for vacation, that's what I expected.
And here's what he likes about Sonny's approach.
"Sonny Bill is a disrupter, we are disrupters … you can not play this game in black and white, you have to push the limits, and he does it, he has a work ethic and integrity that we seek. "
The way Sonny Bill climbed to the top of the sports hierarchy is amazing after being despised at one point for leaving his contract with the Canterbury Bulldogs.
Now, it has a reach like no other rugby player: on Instagram only, it has nearly 900,000 subscribers, which includes the choice of the league and the best of the union. In the background is a man who worked feverishly to guide and nurture Williams-Nasser's career. He was blamed for the Bulldogs' spectacular exit to Toulon, but no one praised him for negotiating this deal with Toulon. Then come rich contracts with the Roosters, the All Blacks and now Toronto who propelled him to the rank of superstar.
Along the way, Nasser showed Williams his Muslim religion, which now occupies such an important place in the star's life. Williams may have gone the way himself, but Nasser made it much more fluid.
Mystery of Mbye
When Moses Mbye had anaphylactic shock in Perth during the original state, it was a significant story. Rafts of tests later and still no cause has been discovered. Mbye has no allergies and he does not know what caused it.
"This may be the case quite often," said Mbye. "That's at least what I learned." The result is that Mbye now wears an epipen, an epinephrine auto-injector, wherever he goes. His wife has one. The club doctor wears one. He is ready in case it happens again.
"It's not great not to know what's going on, but I can not do anything about it," he said.
The good actions of Hasler
If you want to understand why players like HaslerLook no further than his actions this week. Without any fuss, he went to visit Manase Fainu with the parents of the young prostitute. He did not have to do it and certainly did not want publicity for it. But it's Hasler.
It was the same coach who went to Manly Police Station the same night. Dylan Walker was in conflict. Hasler chased Walker. Not his parents. Not the CEO. L & # 39; coach.
That's why Manly's players have put aside Trent Barrett being put on gardening leave and accomplished a lot of things last season. Some were not happy that the club dismissed Barrett – including Jake and Tom Trbojevic. They were close to him. There were rumors coming out of Camp Barrett that the Trbojevics and others would follow Barrett wherever he went. But after working with Hasler, they fell in love with him. Hasler has negotiated the Trbojevic agreement and the two brothers are more than happy that their future is settled.
The Broncos leadership does not know or care about the dominance of the player agent Isaac Moses to their club. The named Broncos Corey Parker as the assistant of Anthony Seibold. Parker is a defender of Moses and asked Broncos players to join his management group.
It has been reported in the Sun-Herald in September, the NRL is keen to put an end to the practice that managers have players and coaches in reserve because of potential conflicts of interest.
At that time, we wrote that some clubs were under pressure to pick up players they did not necessarily want because their coach – perhaps at the request of their coach – lobbied for them to be signed.
Any change would have huge consequences for some of the most influential managers in the game.
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Danny Weidler is a sports columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald.