Kalyn Ponga’s contract scenario has been labelled a “sham,” and the Knights have been urged to “show some guts as a club and be the boss.”
It comes after a shocking twist was revealed throughout the Knights’ conflict with the Dragons on Sunday.
News Corp journalist Dean Ritchie reported that the Knights had taken their three-year extension provide for Ponga off the desk, which in the end opened the door for the Dolphins to signal the celebrity fullback.
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It was information to educate Adam O’Brien who was quizzed on the subject in his post-game press convention.
Knights officers informed Fox League journalist James Hooper that was not the case, however News Corp journalist Phil Rothfield didn’t purchase it and slammed the membership’s dealing with of the scenario.
“This entire negotiation is a sham,” Rothfield informed NRL 360.
“The manager — his dad — is not really his manager, the CEO is on holidays in Hawaii at the height of negotiations, the general manager of football Danny Buderus is not involved in the negotiations and Clint Zammit — the head of recruitment — lives in Townsville.”
“I checked in with Newcastle today and Newcastle officials were adamant (that the offer wasn’t pulled),” Hooper responded.
“This is a text message from one of them, ‘no contract has been pulled mate. It wasn’t good to hear that during the game yesterday.’ So they are adamant that the deal has never been pulled.”
But Rothfield wasn’t satisfied.
“How would that person know? I’ve just explained that this is Phil Gardner’s baby and he’s in Hawaii,” he stated.
“So Phil Gardner has pulled the contract?” Hooper requested.
“And he hasn’t told the coach?” Braith Anasta added.
“No he’s not (telling Adam O’Brien), he’s keeping everyone in the dark,” Rothfield claimed.
“That’s a basket case if that’s true,” Hooper stated.
“It is true… everyone knows,” Rothfield hit again.
“When Phil Gardner and the Wests group bought the Knights, the NRL directors said it was the toughest negotiations they’ve ever had to do with anyone because he’s really hard to do a deal with.”
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Hooper tried to clear up the confusion and reiterate that the Knights are sure the provide has not been pulled.
“The reality is that Phil Gardner has been doing this negotiation with Andre Ponga for months and months,” he stated.
“They were going to announce the deal about two or three weeks ago, then the news got leaked into the newspapers and it blew up.
“I don’t know what’s happened over the course of the last couple of weeks but everybody at the Newcastle Knights today is adamant that that contract has not been pulled off the table.”
But this time it was Paul Kent that wasn’t satisfied.
“Hoops, all those people that are adamant are not involved in it,” he stated.
“So the head coach isn’t involved in signing Kalyn Ponga?” Hooper quipped.
“No he’s not, he’s not in the negotiations… he said that himself. He’s not involved in the negotiations, Danny Buderus has got no authority to do the negotiations,” Kent stated earlier than taking goal at each the Knights and the NRL.
“My understanding is that Gardner is the only one doing the negotiations with Andre Ponga — who is not a registered agent.
“I don’t know how this happens, I don’t know how the NRL allows it to happen.
“I don’t know how the Knights allow their CEO, as this deadline that Ponga is on gets closer and closer, they allow him with this contract still up in the air to go on holidays in Hawaii when this is vital for the Knights.”
Anasta, who’s a registered agent, revealed that he has heard Ponga does need to keep on the Knights and questioned what the maintain up is given his dad truly works in a pathways function with the membership.
Kent gave some startling context on Andre’s function — and the place the membership now finds itself in.
“I think he was given a job at the club… didn’t he ask for an assistant coach’s role and the club just said ‘please’? But they gave him another job elsewhere in their pathways,” he stated.
“At the start of the year Gardner came out and threatened to sue anybody that said it was a salary cap rort.
“I understand it’s a minor role and there’s not a lot of money in it. But the fact is the club are bending over backwards to keep dad happy.”
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Rothfield started to spotlight how participant managers have a knack for leaking sure data to the media to regulate the narrative earlier than Kent interjected to declare that’s the problem the Knights are at the moment going through — and he had a tough reality for the Knights.
“That’s a part of the problem… the Knights have lost control, Andre won’t give the Knights control of that, which is a problem. It really is a problem, it’s causing the club headaches,” Kent stated.
“Show some guts as a club and be the boss.”
Meanwhile, Hooper reported that there was a tactic behind the unique story being leaked.
“The mail is, the play is that they’re trying to put pressure on the decision to finally be made public because they can’t sit back on their heels for another three or four weeks,” he stated.