Sonny Bill contract FINALLY cleared — but WTF ARLC?

UPDATED. That dickhead who wrote the ZeroTackle article accusing the Roosters of getting their way no matter what must feel like a real dipshit right now.

He said the Roosters got their SBW contract approved almost instantly while the Israel Folau saga dragged on and ultimately forced him to sign with the Tahs.

I wrote a scathing response to this already (for what its worth, it was read. A lot. By people in Japan, Canada, Thailand — seriously — and was BY FAR my most read article) and this article in the Sydney Morning Herald (snippet below) only serves to back up my claims.

I'd be concerned too, Sonny.

I’d be concerned too, Sonny.

The contract has since been officially registered, but the problem here is the length of time this has all taken.

The initial contract was signed on November 13 — what the Roosters have called a “vanilla contract”, or a symbolic contract. It is now March 1.

Combine this obviously with the Folau dramas, and the recent Brett Stewart fiasco and one has to wonder whether the ARL commission actually knows what the fuck it’s doing.

These dramas didn’t exist before the commission was formed — and I have no doubt that a lot of this has to do with the new CBA and salary cap increases. But I also have no doubt that a lot more red tape has been introduced, as well as a few more hoops to jump through.

The NRL needs to get this in order, because having crap like this on the front pages a week out from the NRL season helps absolutely no one in promoting the game. It just makes the sport look amateurish.

From the Herald:

THE most anticipated comeback in rugby league history is less than a week away but Sonny Bill Williams’s contract is yet to be registered by the NRL.

Williams’s one-year deal with Sydney Roosters has yet to be ratified by salary cap auditor Ian Schubert, sparking fears the dual international may not take his place for the season opener against South Sydney on Thursday night.

Williams signed what Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan described as a ”vanilla” contract in November. However, it appears the club has more work to do to placate Schubert, who hopped on a motorcycle on Thursday to join Brad Fittler and Nathan Hindmarsh on a charity ride to raise funds for Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets organisation.

”We are waiting for some information that has been requested from the club,” NRL spokesman John Brady said. ”Everyone is aware of the need to process this as soon as possible.”

via Roosters still waiting for clearance on SBW contract.

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