Posted: 31 October, 2014

James Roberts Arrested

Troubled youngster arrested on the Gold Coast for causing a public nuisance

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Richly talented youngster James Roberts scores a try for the Panthers Photo: Getty Images

In some breaking news, troubled NRL flyer James Roberts has been arrested on the Gold Coast for causing a public nuisance and obstructing a police officer.

The NRL Integrity Unit is investigating the matter.

“The NRL is aware of the Roberts case. At this stage, it is a police matter but we will work with the club once it goes through the legal process,” an NRL spokesman said.

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James Roberts of the Titans looks on during the round 26 against the Bulldogs at Cbus Super Stadium Photo: Getty Images

Meanwhile, the Gold Coast club confirmed he had been involved in an incident.

“The Gold Coast Titans today confirm that, after an incident involving Titans player James Roberts in Surfers Paradise last weekend, James was charged by police for committing a public nuisance and obstructing a police officer.

“The NRL integrity unit was notified immediately (after) the club became aware of the charges and we will continue to work through the issue with the NRL.”

The richly-talented Roberts was shown the door by South Sydney in 2012 following a serious of off-field misdemeanours before being picked up by the Panthers.

The troubled youngster was then sacked by the Panthers following an alcohol-related incident where a taxi window was reportedly smashed.

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Posted: 31 October, 2014

LISTEN: Grand Final Replay

Listen to the full replay of the NRL 2014 Grand Final

We know the 2015 NRL season is a long way away, but we just can't wait for it to get here… so to give you a bit of a rugby league fix, we've uploaded the full NRL 2014 Grand Final as a podcast! Listen to the full match below.

Simply click on the player below and re-live rugby league history alongside 80,000 fans as South Sydney secure its first Grand Final in 43 years! Listen to the full match below or download the MP3 here.

LISTEN: 2014 Grand Final Replay


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The Rabbitohs celebrate their 2014 Grand Final win, the club's first in 43 years Photo: Getty Images

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Posted: 31 October, 2014

Ben Hunt To Make Kangaroos Debut?

With an injury to Cherry-Evans, Hunt is looking to make his Kangaroos debut.

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Ben Hunt is hoping he will make his Kangaroos debut against England this Sunday.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE: Hear all the Four Nations action on Triple M.

The Broncos rising star had a stellar season for the Broncos, coming joint fifth in the Dally M Medal poll and is now looking to cap off a great year with a Kangaroos debut.

It all comes down to "IF" Daly Cherry-Evans will be ruled out for the match or not.

Speaking to Triple M Brisbane's The Grill Team, Hunt gave the team a little run down on his preparation coming into the match and his chances for game time.

"Do we know if you're going to get on the field yet?" asked Ed.

"I'm not 100% sure yet still waiting on a few injuries and stuff like that, hopefully I'm in the 17 somewhere," said Hunt.

"You've got to do your team run etc, have you been slotting into half or five-eighth?" asked Marto.

"Yeah, I've been training in a few different positions, in the halves, five-eighth, I did some hooker stuff as well. [I'm] just trying to get as many positions under my belt as possible really, to try and get in the team somewhere," explained Hunt.

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Posted: 31 October, 2014

Gal ASADA Saga Continues

Banned NRL player Sandor Earl has expressed his disbelief at not being offered similar support

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Sandor Earl in June, 2014 Photo: Sandor Earl twitter

Following reports the NRL gave Sharks skipper Paul Gallen almost $80,000 to cover legal fees while the team was being investigated by ASADA, banned NRL player Sandor Earl has expressed his disbelief at not being offered similar support.

"Can I have some money for my legal fees. After all I have only told the truth and tried to do the right thing to get back into the game," tweeted Sandor Earl. See the tweet below.

Sandor Earl was ASADA's first victim, suspended after admitting to doping.

The former Roosters, Raiders and Panthers player faces a minimum two-year ban following allegations of multiple anti-doping rule violations – including a number of use and trafficking allegations.

Sandor Earl Tweet


Reports: Gallen Received $80,000 From NRL

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Paul Gallen of Cronulla Sharks Photo: Getty Images

AAP Reports Cronulla captain Paul Gallen reportedly received almost $80,000 from the NRL while under investigation by ASADA to cover his legal costs.

The amount was significantly more than that given to any other past or present Sharks player, Fairfax Media reported on Friday.

It is alleged Gallen received the special treatment after choosing not to use the legal team appointed by the Rugby League Players Association during the doping investigation.

The report claims the NRL committed $350,000 to the 17 past and present Cronulla players handed show-cause notices by ASADA in August.

Of that amount, Gallen's supposed $80,000 allotment accounts for 23 per cent of the total sum.

The revelations come after judiciary chairman Paul Conlon sensationally quit his post on Wednesday in protest of the NSW skipper's treatment for a foul-mouthed Twitter rant.

Gallen, who tweeted the NRL were "c***s", was fined $50,000 for the tirade earlier this week - a punishment Conlon deemed grossly unfair.

Gal's Abusive Tweet

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Gal's Instagram Apology

Paul Gallen took to Instagram to post a photo of him and Pearce with the caption: "4 drinks for $5 RSA. OMG no wonder I'm hung. Good times. Time to fly home."

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Posted: 31 October, 2014

Flanagan's Back!

Shane Flanagan is free to return to coaching duties at Cronulla

Shane Flanagan is free to return to coaching duties at Cronulla, effective immediately.

The NRL has just lifted his suspension over the Sharks 2011 supplements program.

The eague says Flanagan has satisfied all the rquired conditions, while Flanagan says he'll be back, better than ever. Read the official statement below. 

NRL Official Statement

The NRL today announced that it has lifted the suspension of Cronulla Sharks Head Coach Shane Flanagan.

He is free to resume coaching duties at the club immediately.

Head of Integrity, Nick Weeks said Mr Flanagan had satisfied all the conditions required to have his suspension lifted.

These included the completion of a range of training courses and demonstrating he understands the obligations of an NRL head coach.

“The NRL has been impressed with Mr Flanagan’s commitment to meeting the conditions set down for his return,” Mr Weeks said.

“Consequently his suspension is lifted and he can return to coaching duties at any time.”

Mr Flanagan said he was now better equipped and more capable of fulfilling his duties as Head Coach than ever before.

“I have a clearer understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a head coach,” he said.

“That role goes beyond player skills, tactics and game plans – I have a proactive duty to protect the welfare of players and staff and ensure we meet our governance and compliance obligations.

“I now intend to focus on the future and demonstrate that I am the right person to lead the cultural change at the Sharks.

“I am committed to restoring the reputation of the Sharks as a club that everybody in the game can be proud of.”

Earlier On Triple M

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Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan Photo: Getty Images

Suspended Sharks head coach Shane Flanagan was set to return today (September 17) after serving a year-long ban following an NRL investigation into the Sharks 2011 supplements scandal.

But the NRL has announced that Flanagan's suspension will not be lifted until he "undertake(s) further work to satisfy the conditions required to have his suspension lifted." Read the full statement below.

Earlier this year, the Sharks signed Shane Flanagan to a three-year contract to be Head Coach at the Cronulla club for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons.

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The NRL said today that Sharks Head Coach Shane Flanagan would be required to undertake further work to satisfy the conditions required to have his suspension lifted.

CEO Dave Smith said Mr Flanagan had made significant progress in addressing the concerns which led to his registration as a coach being suspended on 17 December last year.

“We are impressed by Mr Flanagan’s attitude and commitment to satisfying the conditions imposed on him during his suspension,” Mr Smith said.

“But there are still some areas which need further work and, at this stage, his suspension has not been lifted.”

The decision was made after Mr Flanagan went before an NRL panel this week to demonstrate his compliance with his suspension conditions.

Those conditions require Mr Flanagan to:
Complete intensive education and training courses on workplace health and safety, the NRL rules and other integrity and ethical training
Demonstrate that he understands the duties of obligations of an NRL head coach
Refrain from dealing directly or indirectly with the Sharks club, team and players
Mr Smith said that while the NRL was pleased with Mr Flanagan’s progress it was determined to lift his suspension only when it was satisfied that all the conditions had been met fully.
Although Mr Flanagan’s suspension is for an indefinite period, the earliest he could have returned to coaching was September 17, 2014 if all the conditions were met.
The panel will reconvene when Mr Flanagan has completed the additional work identified during this week’s review.

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Posted: 30 October, 2014

Eels Announce Five Signings

The club welcomes Anthony Watmough, Reece Robinson, Brad Takairangi, Danny Wicks and Richie Fa’aoso tomorrow

As we revealed earlier this year, Anthony Watmough will wear the blue and gold in 2015 as one of five new signings for the Eels.

The 31-year-old has joined Parramatta on a four-year deal.

Choc In The Blue & Gold

Speaking for the first time since signing with the Parramatta Eels, Watmough said the tipping point was having a fresh start.

"I'd rather my family be happy and me be happy at another club than be miserable for another three years."

This comes after lengthy speculation he wanted out of his Manly contract. Listen to the full audio below.

Anthony Watmough Press Conference


Eels Official Statement

The Parramatta Eels are pleased to announce the signing of five new players to the club, ahead of training commencing for the 2015 season.

The club will welcome Anthony Watmough, Reece Robinson, Brad Takairangi, Danny Wicks and Richie Fa’aoso tomorrow when the pre-season gets underway.

“It’s exciting news for the club to be attracting the kind of talent that we have, and it clearly shows our intention to bring sustainable, long-term success to the Eels as we continue transforming the club,” Eels CEO Scott Seward said.

“I am confident in Brad Arthur’s ability to create a playing roster that will to be able to challenge for premierships in the many years to come.”

The 31-year-old Anthony Watmough has played 14 games for NSW and 16 Tests for Australia, and joins the Eels on a four-year deal after being granted an early release from the Manly Sea Eagles. 

“Anthony is a world-class, premiership-winning player who will further bolster our forward pack for the next few seasons,” Head Coach Brad Arthur said.

“He’s played almost 300 NRL games, and along with that experience he’ll bring outstanding leadership qualities that will help grow our young talent.”

“Leaving Manly is the toughest thing I've done in my professional life, and I want to thank all those who have helped me along the way,” Watmough said.

“There are many supporters that I have met on my journey thus far who I now call friends and I would like to thank them for their loyal support of me and my family Elle, Claudia & Jake. I can't wait for the challenge that lies ahead.”

Brad Takairangi


The 25-year-old Brad Takairangi comes to the Eels as a utility player, having previously played 68 first grade games for the Gold Coast Titans and the Sydney Roosters, and will be with the side for the 2015 season.

Reece Robinson

Outside back Reece Robinson, 27, has played 96 NRL games for the Canberra Raiders and Brisbane Broncos after making his debut at the Queensland club in 2008 and will join the club on a one year deal.

Danny Wicks

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28-year-old forward Danny Wicks, who has played for both the Newcastle Knights and St George-Illawarra Dragons, will join the club on a one-year deal, subject to discussions with the NRL on his registration and any conditions that may apply.

“This is the opportunity that I needed and that I want, and I’m going to give the Parramatta club, Members and fans the best of what I’ve got,” Wicks said.

“This might only be my second chance, but I know it’s my last, and I’m keen to make something of it.”

“It wasn’t a hasty decision to sign Danny to the club, but after meeting with him I am confident he has turned his life around and will bring great value to our team,” Seward said.

Richie Fa’aoso

Former Sea Eagle Richard Fa’aoso, 30, who was forced into early retirement in 2013 after a neck injury, has passed initial medical clearances and will be part of the Eels’ side in 2015.

Fa’aoso’s return to the game is also subject to continuing discussions with the NRL and any conditions that may apply.

Joseph Paulo

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The club has today also announced the re-signing of 26-year-old utility player Joseph Paulo for a two-year extension.

"All of these players bring great talent to the game and show dedication and hard work in their training,” Arthur said.

“I look forward to seeing our team take shape for the 2015 season.”

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Posted: 30 October, 2014

Eels New Holden Cup Coach

The Parramatta Eels have appointed Steven Hales as the club’s Holden Cup coach for the 2015 season

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Eels new Holden Cup coach, Steve Hales Photo: Parramatta Eels

The Parramatta Eels have appointed Steven Hales as the club’s Holden Cup coach for the 2015 season

Hales has spent the past three seasons as Eels Under 20s Assistant Coach after being an assistant with North Sydney’s NSW Cup side, and also coaches at Westfield Sports High School. 

The 'National Youth Competition otherwise known as the Holden Cup is the NRL's under-20s competition.

The Parramatta side came third last season, having lost the Grand Final qualifier to the NZ Warriors in extra time.

“Our Under 20s side is a talented group of boys to coach and I’m looking forward to taking on this opportunity," Hales said.

Hales will also work with the NRL coaching staff as much as time permits, to ensure consistency and high standards in the coaching between the grades. 

“To be able to bring things back from the NRL side to our Under 20s side will be invaluable for their development.” 

Eels NRL Head Coach Brad Arthur says Hales moving into the NYC Coach position was a simple decision.

“He’s got a great work ethic and spent a lot of time working with the boys the last few years, and I’m confident he will do a good job with our Under 20s," said coach Brad Arthur.

“Steven’s been an important part of our Under 20s coaching team here at the Eels for a number of years, and his development has seen him earn this new opportunity,” Eels CEO Scott Seward said. 

“I wish him all the success with our Holden Cup side in 2015.”

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Posted: 30 October, 2014

Hoff Off To The Titans

Josh Hoffman has signed with the Gold Coast Titans

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Josh Hoffman of the Broncos runs with the ball during the round seven match against the Knights at Hunter Stadium in 2014 Photo: Getty Images

Josh Hoffman has signed a three-year-deal with the Gold Coast Titans, starting from for 2015.

"Josh Hoffman has agreed to terms for 2015 with the Gold Coast Titans. A massive signing," said Dobbo, on Triple M Brisbane.

"I'm hearing it was a really hard deal to broker between the Broncos and Titans but they came to an agreement.

"This will make way for Darius Boyd to come to Brisbane."

Dobbo On Triple M

It's believed this was his decision because coach Wayne Bennett made it very clear he wouldn't be playing fullback and that he would be on the wing.

The Titans beat a number of other teams to snare Hoffman, including the Titans, Raiders and Bulldogs.

Hoffman has spent his entire playing career at the Broncos, having made his debut in 2008. He's played 109 first-grade games in the positions of wing, centre, fullback and five-eighth.

The 26-year-old is currently playing for the Kiwis in the Four Nations.

Gold Coast coach Neil Henry will have some decisions to make with William Zillman the club's first-choice fullback, and speedster David Mead is also in contention.

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Posted: 30 October, 2014

NRL 2015 Predictions

Matty Johns, MG and Gus look into their crystal balls and get some predictions for next season

We know the 2015 NRL season is a long way away, but we just can't wait for it to get here. So The Grill Team have looked into the crystal ball and get some predictions for: Top four, wooden spoon, NRL Premiers and biggest smoke. Listen to the full audio audio at the bottom of the page.

Matty Johns

Top Four
Rabbitohs, Cowboys, Panthers, Roosters

"[Coach] Wayne Bennett goes back there, they've signed the best young player in the game in Anthony Milford. I see nothing but up-side. They'll be a big improver," said Matty Johns, on Triple M Sydnay's Grill Team.

Wooden Spoon
"Their one real shining light from last [season] was Anthony Milford and he's gone to the Broncos and that really hurts them. They really needed to sign a forward or two and a really outstanding half or five-eighth and they haven't been able to do that."

Rabbitohs: "To win a competition you need to have depth in key positions and next year South Sydney are going to have that. It's a big monkey off their back winning their first competition in 43 years and I think they'll be the first side since the Broncos in 1997-98 to go back-to-back."

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Matty Johns believes the Rabbitohs have the team that can win back-to-back premierships next year Photo: Getty Images


Top Four
Panthers, Broncos, Rabbitohs, Sharks

Sharks: "I think without any controversy, with [coach] Flanagan back on board and [with the ASADA investigation] out of the way, I just think they're a team to watch," said MG, on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team.

Wooden Spoon
Knights or Raiders: "The Raiders do stand out but I also think the Knights might be there or thereabouts. [Newcastle's] main players are all a year older, Darius Boyd will be gone, and [Wayne] Bennett's gone."

Panthers: "Besides having unbelievable youngsters who were all out injured when the 'chips were down' they still came third in the competition.

"But there is more proof, if you are a follower of the Chinese zodiac! The Year of the Goat, which is next year, was also the Year of the Goat in 1967, the year the Panthers came in, in 1991 when we won our first comp and 2003 (when the Panthers won)."

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Cronulla Sharks can turn their season from hell around next year, says MG Photo: Getty Images

Gus Worland

Top Four
Rabbitohs, Bulldogs, Cowboys, Roosters

Warriors: "I think the Warriors under-achieved unbelievably [this year]. I got a feeling if they just put it together... they'll be a big [smokey]," said Gus Worland, on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team.

Wooden Spoon
Raiders: "Milford's gone and who they've signed, they seemed to have signed outside backs and wingers rather than where they need to sign. I think the Raiders are in all sorts."

Cowboys: "Johnathan Thurston at some stage has got to win a competition. He's just such a quality player. [Coach] Paul Green would've been there another year, they're a wonderful team so I'm going to go for the Cowboys to break their duck."

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Can skipper Johnathan Thurston lead the Cowboys to premiership glory? Photo: Getty Images

The Grill Team's 2015 Season Predictions

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Posted: 30 October, 2014

Broncos Make Moves On Merrin

There are reports the Broncos think Dragons forward Trent Merrin could be the man to bolster their forward stocks

There are reports the Broncos think Dragons forward Trent Merrin could be the man to bolster their forward stocks, having released Martin Kennedy and Dave Hala on Wednesday.

Fox Sports understands "the Broncos have had informal talks with Merrin".

The front-rowers Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has on his roster for 2015 include Josh McGuire, Corey Parker, Mitch Garbutt, Mitchell Dodds, Jarrod Wallace, Frank Molo, Joe Ofahengaue and James Gavet from the Wests Tigers.

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It's believed the Origin back-rower has backed the Dragons into a corner as the club tries to avoid breaking the bank next season.

Merrin is seeking an upgrade for next season despite the club coming out and saying they are struggling to stay under the cap.

"The word is Trent Merrin wants $800,000 and has got a host of clubs who are willing to give it to him," Brent Read revealed on Sydney's Triple M Rush Hour in September.

"They [Dragons] want to keep Trent Merrin at the club."

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Posted: 30 October, 2014

Choc Off To The US

Manly star set to join his new teammates for a trip to the US

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Reports Anthony Watmough will resume training with his new club next week Photo: Getty Images

Back-rower Anthony Watmough is reportedly still waiting for the Sea Eagles to lodge paperwork with the NRL before he can be officially released to join the Eels.

The 31-year-old is set to join his new teammates for a trip to the US next week for a training camp with defending NFL Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks.

It's believed the Origin and Test star met with the Eels coach Brad Arthur and other club officials last Tuesday, about an early move from Manly.

If the deal goes ahead, Watmough's first game in the blue and gold could be at the NRL Auckland Nines next January. CLICK HERE for NRL Nines dates and info.

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"Another 2hr session done @nitahmuaythai with my bro @danasaensupha and @elle_watmough now time for a quick swim and stretch before I finished off my last ever tattoo @siaminktattoo" Photo: awatmough instagram October 21

Earlier, Manly coach Geoff Toovey admitted it was disappointing to see the club legend go.

“Anthony is a local junior, a two-time premiership winner and a life-member of the Club. I’m disappointed to lose a quality player such as Anthony Watmough.”

“He has been an integral part of the success here at Manly for many years.

“We wish him all the best for the future and thank him for his service to the Sea Eagles.”

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Anthony Watmough passes a ball at Manly training earlier this season Photo: Getty Images

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Posted: 29 October, 2014

Raiders Return To Pre-Season Training

The Raiders agreed to grant Campese an extra month off pre-season training following the request put forward by his management

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Terry Campese of Canberra Raiders Photo: Getty Images

The Canberra Raiders will return to Raiders HQ today to commence pre-season training ahead of the 2015 season, however the club has given Terry Campese an extra month off following a request put forward by his management.

"As a result of the long season and the fact that Terry has only one year to go with the Raiders after ten years of service the Club has agreed to Terry’s request for a further month off pre-season training,” Campese’s manager Jim Banaghan said. Read the full statement below.

There were reports late this season that the long serving half had been cut from the Canberra Raiders NRL side for next season.

Despite having a year to go on a $500,000 a year deal, the Raiders were believed to have told the ageing playmaker his services are no longer required. However, Campese has yet to find a new club after a Super League deal apparenty fell though.

Canberra just bought Wests Tigers playmaker Blake Austin, while they have a heap of halfbacks on their roster including Mitch Cornish, Sam Williams, Josh McCrone.

But coach Ricky Stuart assured fans Campese is still in the mix for next season.

“He’s got a contract here. So I don’t think it’s going to be his last game,” Stuart told media today.

“Terry knows best — he’s a very experienced player. There’s no dramas there.

“I haven’t even thought about the captaincy side of it. I will at the right time.”

Raiders Official Statement

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The entire NRL squad bar Terry Campese, Josh Papalii and new recruit Josh Hodgson, will be in attendance for a series of screening tests and medical examinations before training commences tomorrow.

Papalii and Hodgson will be absent due to their Four Nations commitments after the pair were once again selected for Australia and England respectively.

"The Raiders agreed to grant Campese an extra month off pre-season training following the request put forward by his management.

"As a result of the long season and the fact that Terry has only one year to go with the Raiders after ten years of service the Club has agreed to Terry’s request for a further month off pre-season training,” Campese’s manager Jim Banaghan said.

Raiders management was happy to accommodate Campese’s request given his contribution to the club over the past decade with CEO Don Furner maintaining that the month of leave would not affect his contractual standing at the club.

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