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Smith farce highlights NRL's need to change

Posted By: RNA
November 29, 2021, 03:48:51 PM

With Brandon Smith being all-but-confirmed as a Sydney Roosters player for 2023, he joins a growing list of players who've worked out where they'll be playing in two years' time, before a ball is even kicked in 2022.

When players are traded in American sports, they're out of the building instantly - and when their contract is expiring, they aren't free to negotiate with teams until the off-season.

The NRL has now racked up decades of farcical situations of players remaining at a club for 12 to 18 months after signing elsewhere - and there doesn't appear to be any real upside to any of it.

More: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/brandon-smith-contract-situation-sydney-roosters-melbourne-storm-highlights-need-for-change/b13a8a32-fb5e-4dc6-878c-d7b131b8cb19


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