Former rugby league star turned politician – Glenn Lazarus has said that loyalty in the NRL is dead.
Bizarrely though, Lazarus himself played for three different clubs in his career. He wore the colours of the Raiders, Broncos and finally the Storm where he helped them win their first Premiership in 1999.
Lazarus won five Premierships for three different clubs which makes him successful but certainly not loyal. It didn’t stop him from sharing his views about player movement in the modern game on Channel Nine.
Glenn Lazarus had a lot to say
To be fair Lazarus says the clubs are to blame for some of the current issues just as much as the players.
”That’s why we are getting players moving clubs mid-season, because they continually change their mind,” said Lazarus.
”The thing that absolutely blows my mind, three weeks into the competition clubs are hitting the panic button and disregarding the pre-season. They’re disregarding the recruiting. They’re disregarding the coach’s ability and the player’s ability and then they go out and want to buy a big-name player.”
”I’ve never heard in the years that I’ve been around rugby league a player that has had a gun to his head when he signs a contract.”
“The players sign these contracts, think they’re good deals. They think they’re great opportunities and then six months down the track they don’t like the place. They want to go somewhere else and we see what’s happening here today.”
“There’s no loyalty anymore and you’re kidding if you think there is. And this is why we are seeing what we are seeing.”
It seems Lazarus is right on a number of fronts. The Mitch Moses situation is absolutely ridiculous.
Mitchell Moses is a Tiger, but now he wants to be an Eel.
He would’ve stayed a Tiger, but he couldn’t get a deal.
— Boring NRL Guy (@BoringNRLguy) April 5, 2017
Mitchell Moses was asked to send his list of achievements to prospective Clubs.
All came back saying you forgot the attachment. #NRL
— Chicago..Panther (@Stormchaser182) April 5, 2017
Loyalty in the NRL is dead
Is it time for the NRL to clamp down on this situation so we don’t have players trying to walk out on their clubs three games into the season?
It seems outrageous! And the biggest losers in this situation are the die-hard fans.
Have your say and be sure to test yourself in our NRL Personality Quiz while you’re at it.
by Michael T. Lynch – contributor