Journo and television presenter Waleed Aly has taken aim at the NRL during his appearance as a guest panelist on the ABC’s Offsiders yesterday.
Aly said the NRL’s off-season was one of the lowlights of Australia’s sporting year.
He pointed at constant off-field distractions and speculation surrounding player movement as one of the issues.
Waleed Aly on Jarryd Hayne’s “poor year”
Waleed Aly began his criticism of the NRL by calling out Jarryd Hayne.
“I was going to start with Jarryd Hayne and his year and the fact he had a poor year for his club with the Titans.”
“The fact that he had a poor year for NSW and the Titans ended up sacking Neil Henry in part to try and keep him and then he leaves anyway and goes to Parramatta,” Aly said.
NRL under fire
Waleed Aly then turned his attention to the NRL code as a whole.
“The low here is the off-field season the NRL had generally,” Aly said.
“The constant rumours around player movement that meant no one seemed to care what was happening in the season in front of them and only cared about what was to come”.
“Aaron Woods’ movement, Mitchell Moses moving mid-season and having just beaten Parramatta for Wests Tigers and then joking about not knowing which sheds he was going to go to after the game was extraordinary.”
“The Des Hasler situation is just absurd that we were told mid-year he had a new contract. Now they’re saying it wasn’t a contract at all so that’s how they could sack him,” Aly said.
“There was all the cocaine possession stuff that happened on rep weekend with Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor, Damian Keogh at the Cronulla Sharks”. “— it just went on and on”.
“And then to cap the year off we hear about the Manly salary cap breach. This is a terrible, terrible off-field year.”