Posted: 24 October, 2014

Dragons Add Depth To Squad

The Dragons have announced four NRL signings today, adding some depth to their squad

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Coach Paul McGregor at Dragons training earlier this season Photo: Getty Images

It's been a busy day at Dragons HQ with coach Paul McGregor making his recruitment plans clear, announcing four NRL signings today which will add some depth to their squad.

Will Mathews, Jake Marketo, Shannon Wakeman and Warriors Under 20s and Junior Kiwis representative Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard have all agreed to terms. Read the official statements below.

Also Addin Fonua-Blake, 18, is one of eight Dragons National Youth Competition players who have re-signed with the Club in 2014: Jacob Host (2017); Drew Hutchison (2017); Izaac Thompson (2017); Matt Dufty (2016); Addin Fonua-Blake (2016); Jack Kavanagh (2016); Luciano Leilua (2016); Hame Sele (2016).

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Will Matthews of the Dragons takes on the defence during the round 25 match against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane Photo: Getty Images

The St George Illawarra Dragons announced that Will Matthews has agreed to a one-year contract extension that will see him remain at the Club until at least the end of 2015.

Matthews made 15 first-grade appearances for the Red V this season where he was utilised both across the forward-pack and second-row.

The Kyogle Turkeys junior joined the Club from the Gold Coast Titans prior to the commencement of the 2012 season and has played 59 NRL games to date.

“Will is a hardworking player who can play in several positions and someone who pushed for a regular spot in the first-grade team towards the second-half of the season,” said McGregor.

Furthermore, the Dragons have confirmed both Shannon Wakeman and Jake Marketo have agreed to terms on respective one-year contracts that will also see both join the Club until at least the end of 2015.

Wakeman, 25, played 25 reserve-grade games for the Illawarra Cutters in the NSW Cup this season throughout the forward-pack and was named the Club’s ‘Player of the Year’ for 2014.

The local Dapto Canaries junior additionally trained alongside the Dragons first-grade squad this season and was previously part of the Dragons National Youth Competition team between 2009-10.

“Shannon is a local junior who has been in our lower-grade systems for several seasons now and most recently was invited to train alongside the first-grade squad,” said McGregor.

Marketo, 25, made his first-grade debut for the Club in round 11 of the 2010 season against the Canberra Raiders and played 14 NRL games prior to his departure at the end of 2012.

The former Young Dragons captain (2009), who can play in the second-row or lock-forward, re-joins the Club after playing for the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Queensland Cup for the previous two seasons.

“Jake is a multi-skilled player who is looking for an opportunity to train hard and test himself once again in first-grade,” said McGregor.

Meanwhile, St George Illawarra Dragons today announced that Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard has agreed to a two-year contract that will see him join the Club until at least the end of 2016.

Tuimavave-Gerrard, 20, who can player in the centre or second-row, is a recent graduate of the New Zealand Warriors National Youth Competition team which won the 2014 Under 20’s Premiership.

The Junior Kiwis representative will join fellow international teammate and present Dragons NYC co-captain Addin-Founa Blake when the NRL Dragons return to pre-season training on Monday, October 27.

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Addin Fonua-Blake of the Dragons is tackled by the Tigers defence during the round 24 Holden Cup at Sydney Cricket Ground in 2013 Photo: Getty Images

Fonua-Blake, 18, is one of eight Dragons National Youth Competition players who have re-signed with the Club in 2014: Jacob Host (2017); Drew Hutchison (2017); Izaac Thompson (2017); Matt Dufty (2016); Addin Fonua-Blake (2016); Jack Kavanagh (2016); Luciano Leilua (2016); Hame Sele (2016).

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Posted: 24 October, 2014

Dragons Sign The Butcher

St George Illawarra sign player compared to James Tamou

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Rulon Nutira hits it up for the Gundagai Tigers in 2014 Photo: Kieren L Tilly / The Daily Advertiser

Meet the Dragons new signing. Rulon Nutira the Butcher!

He's a 24-year-old Kiwi who's been compared to James Tamou - he's six feet four, weighs around 100 kilos and can pop a pass. He's also spent the past year playing for the Gundagai Tigers while working at the local abattoir.

It's believed the Dragons beat offers from several NRL clubs to secure the services of the former Parramatta and Melbourne lower grades player.

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Rulon Nutira looks to evade his opponent this year Photo: The Daily Advertiser

In a report in Rugby League Week, manager and former Kiwi prop Peter Brown said Rulon Nutira returned to NZ for family reasons but he's now back, wanting to prove himself in the NRL.

“He played a year back in New Zealand before moving back to Australia, where he went to re-establish himself in Gundagai.

It was just a chance and he worked in the abattoir during the week to pay the bills. But the Dragons noticed him and decided to sign him, so it has been a gamble that has paid off very nicely for the kid.

“The word is they want more size up front and Rulon is a big boy and he is fearless. He has played for the New Zealand Maori and has good ball skills."

Nutira is very excited about making his mark with the famous Red V.

"This is what I've been aiming for, but the hard work starts now," Nutira told The Daily Advertiser.

"It's all up to me."

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Posted: 23 October, 2014

Gal's Abusive Tweet

Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen could cop a fine for his abusive tweet

Cronulla captian Paul Gallen has apologised for his expletive-laden tweet directed at the NRL following the sacking of club boss Steve Noyce.

"I would like to apologise to anyone I offended in my tweet yesterday and to anyone who took offence to the language I used. I realise in the position I'm in this was unacceptable. Gal," he said, in a post on his Instagram account. See the photo below.

It's understood Paul Gallen could cop a decent fine from the NRL for the tweet.

Gal's Instagram Apology

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Photo: PaulGallen13 instagram

Gallen Could Cop Fine

Triple M's Gorden Tallis understands the NRL will have a serious look at it.

"I think Paul Gallen is running out of friends at the NRL and he's running out of strikes," aid Gorden Tallis, on Triple M Brisbane.

"[NRL boss] David Smith was contacted and I'm pretty sure he might take some action." Listen to the full audio below.

Gorden Tallis On Triple M

Meanwhile, Triple M's Matty Johns added: "He would regret that (sending the tweet), there's no doubt about it," he said, on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team.

"I don't have a problem with it, apart from the c-word. One of the things we love about Gal is he just says what he thinks sometimes and you don't want to discourage that in players to a certain extent." Listen to the full audio below.

Matty Johns On Gal's Tweet


Earlier On Triple M

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Suspended Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen has taken exception at Sharks boss Steve Noyce's exit from the NRL club in an extraordinary expletive-laden outburst on social media.

Noyce was made redundant by the Sharks in a new management structure announced late on Wednesday, in a move that upset Gallen, who is serving a back-dated 12-month drugs ban.

Holidaying in Hawaii with Sydney Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce, Gallen vented his frustration at the NRL over Noyce's exit on a Twitter post on Thursday morning.

"Steve Noice (sic) actually cared about players from cronulla's feelings. Couldn't say that about any other c*** from Nrl." Gallen wrote, before later deleting the post.

The tweet was removed some time after. However, NRL boss Dave Smith says the tweet will be investigated.

Gal's Abusive Tweet

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Gal On Instagram

Later 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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Noyce joined the Sharks as football manager in April last year, before taking over the chief executive's role soon after.

He steered the wooden spooners through much of the turmoil surrounded ASADA's protracted investigation into the club's 2011 supplements program.

An investigation which concluded in August after Gallen and three of his current teammates accepted the doping suspensions.

Gallen is no stranger to dramas on social media.

Last year he had a spat with veteran NRL coach Brian Smith in an acrimonious exchange on Twitter, after the former Sydney Roosters mentor accused him of running away from Dylan Napa after a brutal hit from the Tricolours prop.

A number of the messages that appeared on Gallen's account during the exchange were later credited to his father Garry. - [AAP Reports]

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Posted: 23 October, 2014

Manly and Souths Multi-Millionaire Owners

Multi-millionaire Penn family now owns most of the Sea Eagles & Packer buys into Rabbitohs.

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Billionaire James Packer buys into the Rabbitohs Photo: Getty Images

More and more multi-millionaires and billionaires are buying heavily into NRL clubs. As we saw previously with James Packer's 37% stake in the Rabbitohs, the multi-millionaire Penn family now owns a whopping 90% of the Manly Sea Eagles.

The Penn's increased their stake recently and a lot of people are debating whether having these rich stake-holders and owners of clubs as a good or bad thing.

On The Grill Team, Matty Johns explains why he thinks these new owners are a good thing for the clubs and for the NRL.

"Apart from the financial thing, it gives them a financial boost, on top of that, Gus, it's a good thing because...when you've got split clubs, nothing gets achieved and they spend all there energy fighting each other and sometimes silly decisions get made," explained Matty.

"When you get owned by one person, or in use of a better term a 'dictatorship' what happens is, the right decision get made," he continued.


Earlier On Triple M

[AAP Reports] Billionaire James Packer has joined Russell Crowe as co-owner of NRL premiers South Sydney.

Packer has purchased Peter Holmes a Court's 37.5 per cent share in the Rabbitohs with the deal signed off early on Thursday morning, ensuring the long term financial viability of the club.

Rabbitohs and member co chairman, Nicholas Pappas, said in a statement released to club members: "I join with the Rabbitohs senior management team, our staff and our Members in welcoming James Packer to the Rabbitohs family."

Rabbitohs Official Statement

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South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club (the Rabbitohs) has announced that it has been informed today by Blackcourt League Investments Pty Limited (Blackcourt) that ScrumPac Pty Limited, a (wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Press Holdings Limited) (CPH) has completed its purchase of 50% of Blackcourt.

Blackcourt is the company which owns 75% of the Rabbitohs, as it has done since the re-structure of the Rabbitohs in June 2006.

CPH has purchased its 50% share in Blackcourt from interests associated with Peter Holmes à Court for an undisclosed sum. The remaining 50% stake in Blackcourt remains with interests associated with Russell Crowe.

The transaction has no impact on the 25% interest in the Rabbitohs owned by South Sydney Members Rugby League Football Club (Member Co.), nor does it affect the preferential share owned by Members which controls in perpetuity the team’s name, logo, colours, jersey and choice of home ground.

Rabbitohs and Member Co. Chairman, Nicholas Pappas, said: “I join with the Rabbitohs senior management team, our staff and our Members in welcoming James Packer to the Rabbitohs family.

"We promised some years ago to deliver sustained on-field success and the first chapter of that story was written on 5 October 2014 with our 21st premiership.

"We also promised to connect our great Club with the highest echelons of Australia’s business community so that its longevity could be ensured for decades to come. This we deliver today.

“Our deep appreciation goes to Peter Holmes à Court for his dedication towards these goals since 2006. A number of the new initiatives the Rabbitohs embarked upon since privatisation began with Peter, and he has undoubtedly played an integral part in our transformation. I know that he will remain a devoted Member and active participant in all that we do.

“Today is the commencement of a new era for the Rabbitohs as we mark another milestone in our quest to make our Club the benchmark in Australian sport in terms of success both on and off the field and through community engagement. I look forward to working with James, Russell and our devoted Members to make this happen.”

Mr James Packer, Chairman of Consolidated Press Holdings Limited, said: “This is a very proud day for my family.

“My father had a long history and association with Souths and to now be a co-owner with Russell Crowe and the Members is an honour and a privilege.

“I am hopeful that working together with Russell, Souths Chairman Nick Pappas and CEO Shane Richardson, we can win more premierships for the fans, secure the Club’s long term financial future and in time establish Souths as Australia’s number one football club; with the biggest supporter base for all codes.

“Can I put on record my gratitude to Peter Holmes à Court for the outstanding work he has done at Souths over many years and wish him well for the future.”

Mr Holmes à Court said: “I’m looking forward to seeing our Members get behind the new team of Russell and James, and everyone working together to take this Club to new heights.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my official involvement with the Club since 2006, thanks in large part to the Members that believed in our plans for the Club. I will always remain a Member of the Rabbitohs. The Members have now saved this Club twice, and with their continued support, future success is assured.

“The 21st premiership victory was, of course, the highlight, but I believe there are brighter days ahead. The Club’s plan to build a High Performance Community Centre at Heffron Park is the next step in the evolution of the Club. We must continue to pay respect to our spiritual home in Redfern and the broader South Sydney district, but we know we have seen this Club touch the hearts of people right across Australia and around the globe.

“I wish the Club every success in the future and I’ll be there for the ride as a proud Member of the South Sydney Football Club. On to 22, the work starts now.”

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Posted: 23 October, 2014

Speculation On Coach, Players

What does the new ownership mean for the club and coach Geoff Toovey

The Penn family has taken over the Sea Eagles, so what does it mean for the club and Geoff Toovey.

Geoff Toovey

There are reports former St George Illawarra coach Nathan Brown is being groomed to take over the Manly job.

"They are still a powerhouse in the league and will be again next year," said Matty Johns, on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team.

"There is speculation that Tooves is under pressure but if [that's true] they're hard to please."


Personnel wise Anthony Watmough is expected to go to Parramatta and his replacements will be Willie Mason and Feleti Mateo.

But good news for Manly supporters is that Steve Matai and Brett Stewart, under the new ownership, are more likely to stay.

"[Watmough] has up to Round 13 next year to break his Parramatta deal and stay at Manly. Now with the Penn deal coming through that can open the door for Watmough to stay and then the 'old gang' can stay together.

"Now the effect of that is if [Manly can keep] Daly Cherry-Evans." Listen to the full audio below.

Matty Johns On Triple M

Earlier On Triple M

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

Anthony Watmough could remain at Manly with reports in The Daily Telegraph of a change of ownership at the Sea Eagles.

However, Triple M's Brent Read from The Australian believes Watmough is still going to Parramatta.

"The Watmough deal is too far gone now to call it off. Shame because would have been good to see him finish career at Manly," he tweeted.

He also understands Manly has signed Warriors ball-playing back rower Feleti Mateo and veteran Willie Mason. See the tweets below.


Manly's Change Of Ownership

Part owner Rick Penn, one of Australia's richest men, now owns 90 per cent of the club, having bought out part-owners Quantum.

It's believed this will end all the internal board room tensions that has undermined the stability of the Brookvale-based club.

It's understood when Quantum was in charge they controlled a lot of the playing roster, including the decision to let long-serving back rower Glenn Stewart go to the Rabbitohs next season. Full official statement at the bottom of the page.

Earlier On Triple M

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Long serving Manly players Brett Stewart and Anthony Watmough in discussion at Sea Eagles training Photo: Getty Images

Rumours have been circulating that Watmough has been looking for an early release, so he can head to the Eels a year early.

Manly coach Geoff Toovey was still due to sign off on the deal, however reports were that other Sea Eagles committee members had already given the green-light to the move. 

Meanwhile, Eels CEO Scott Seward confirmed their interest in getting the Manly second-rower to switch sides as soon as possible.

During the Eels end of season celebrations, Seward said the Eel have been pursuing talks with Watmough to join the squad in 2015 (a year earlier than the rumoured start of his 3-year deal).

However, he is still realistic about his chances, "From our perspective, if he's available - he's not available in 2015 at the moment - if he is available, we'd have a chat to him and add some talent to our squad," Seward told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Manly Ownership Change

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The Penn Family announced today that they had agreed to terms with the Quantum Group to buy their stake in the Sea Eagles effective immediately.

Scott Penn said: “We want to thank The Quantum Group for their contribution to the Sea Eagles over the past three years and their major sponsorship prior to that.”

“We acknowledge that the past couple of years off the field have been difficult, however we are committed to ensuring the Sea Eagles are a world-class organisation under consolidated ownership.

“There are a number of exciting initiatives which we will be announcing over the coming weeks to ensure our members are as excited as we are about 2015.”

Statement Regarding Ownership Changes at Manly

The Board of the Manly-Warringah Rugby League Football Club Limited was advised yesterday afternoon that co-owners Quantum had agreed to sell 100 per cent of their shareholding in the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Limited to Penn Sport Pty Ltd.

Whilst the Football Club does not support a single private ownership model, the Board of the Manly-Warringah Rugby League Football Club commits to working cooperatively and constructively with Penn Sport to ensure the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles maintain their strong culture and continued on-field success and looks forward to hearing Chairman Scott Penn’s vision and plan for the future of the Club.

The Football Club will continue to uphold the rights of Football Club Members through the Preference Share which enshrines our name, logo, colours and where we play. The Preference Share was the condition upon which Football Club Members originally agreed to the privatisation of the Club.

Finally, the Football Club places on record its thanks to Quantum for the substantial investment they have made in the Sea Eagles over many years, firstly as a sponsor and later, a co-owner. They have been a big part of the Sea Eagles’ success over several years - Bob Stevenson, Chairman

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Posted: 23 October, 2014

Brett's A Bulldog

Bulldogs boss Raelene Castle has announced Dragons flyer Brett Morris will join his brother at the Bulldogs next season.

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Dragons Brett Morris to join twin brother at the Bulldogs? Photo: Getty Images

In some breaking news, Bulldogs boss Raelene Castle has announced Dragons flyer Brett Morris will join his brother at the Bulldogs next season.

"Very excited to have @bmozzle join his twin brother at the @NRL_Bulldogs next year! #welcometobelmore," she tweeted.

The St George Illawarra Dragons confirmed the news, saying they granted Brett Morris a release from the final season of his playing contract.

Triple M Sydney's The Grill Team on why the Brett Morris move is good for both teams.

"What about the Doggies, aren't they look good," exclaimed MG on Triple M Sydney's The Grill Team.

"They've picked up a bloke now who'll play fullback there's not doubt about it, he'll give them a little bit of extra, he's a finisher [but] again he's not a creative player, they're a creative player short," explained Matty.

"This will enable Morris to take-up the opportunity to play alongside his brother at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for a long-term period commencing in 2015," said the Dragons. Read the full statement below.

Dragons Official Statement

The St George Illawarra Dragons have today granted Brett Morris a release from the final season of his playing contract.

Morris and his management requested the early release from the final year of his existing contract for financial and family reasons.

This will enable Morris to take-up the opportunity to play alongside his brother at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for a long-term period commencing in 2015.

“It is with great disappointment that we announce that the Dragons Board & Football Management have agreed to grant the early release personally requested by Brett,” said Dragons CEO Peter Doust.

“It is something that we have been discussing for some time as we wanted to upgrade and extend Brett to see him play his entire career at the Dragons, however, for a player like Brett, who has given so much to the Dragons, both Football Management and the Board did not think it ‘right’ to deny his request.

“Brett requested a release as the financial returns on offer were significant compared to what the Dragons had tabled for a similar period and he has a desire to again play with his twin brother.”

Dragons Head Coach Paul McGregor whilst equally disappointed so too respected Morris' decision and objectives for the final years of his career.

“Brett has been an important part of our team for many years so it is less than desirable to ever hear a player of his calibre make this type of decision,” said McGregor.

“However, while I am disappointed, I do respect his decision and making him stay, at least until the end of next season when he wanted to be somewhere else, was not the right outcome for anyone.

“I have personally known Brett since he was a child and we have formed a great friendship over the years so I understand how hard this decision has been for him and his family.

"As a Club, we tried hard to find a suitable outcome for both parties but we were not in the position to meet Brett's financial expectations over the long-term.

“I also know how extremely close the twins are and why this is also important to Brett.”

Morris admitted it that it was a difficult decision to make but is thankful to the Club for allowing him this opportunity.

“I am grateful to the Football Management and the Board for allowing me to take the opportunity to play alongside my twin brother Josh next year” said Morris.

“It was not an easy decision and I would like to especially thank the Red V Members and fans, my teammates and coaches for all of their support during my time at the Club.

“I would also like to thank Paul McGregor for understanding and respecting my position.

“Paul has my full support and I have the upmost respect for what he has done and will implement at the Club.”

Doust acknowledged the speculation in relation to the Club's salary cap for 2015 indicating that releasing Morris was not an option for the Club.

“The Club has been very open about its position in relation to the salary cap as well as the ongoing football review being conducted assessing the first-grade playing squad and overall structure of the Football Department for next season," said Doust.

“As with many clubs, there are always elements to be worked on and resolved.

"Whilst there has been speculation in regards to our salary cap for 2015, I want to make it very clear that moving on Brett was not one of the Club’s objectives nor was it one of its plans.

“Whilst we are disappointed that this is Brett’s decision, we sincerely thank him for his service to our Club and wish him well for his future.”

Earlier On Triple M

There are reports St George Illawara will release Brett Morris from the last year of his contract to join twin brother Josh at the Bulldogs.

The Dragons are under salary cap pressure so the deal could happen within days.

The Test winger is expected to sign for four years believed to be worth around $500,000 a season.

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Brett Morris and his brother Josh representing the Blues together at game one of the State of Origin in 2013 Photo: Getty Images

Last month, Dragons coach Paul McGregor brushed rumours Brett Morris would move to Canterbury next season, insisting Morris was tied to the club for 2015.

"He is under contract and we are looking to extend if possible," McGregor told Triple M's The Verdict in September.

Regarded as one of the best finishers in the game, Brett Morris has spent his entire at the Dragons, having made his debut in 2009. See the video below.

Brett Morris Highlights

A montage of St George Illawarra Dragons speedster Brett Morris. One of the best finishers in the modern game Video: YouTube

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Posted: 23 October, 2014

Sharks On Lookout For New CEO

The Sharks are on the lookout for a new CEO after Steve Noyce was shown the door

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Cronulla Sharks CEO Steve Noyce looks on before the start the round 25 match against the Cowboys at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville Photo: Getty Images

The Sharks are on the lookout for a new CEO after Steve Noyce was shown the door under a management restructure.

The 2014 wooden spooners are new without a CEO and a coach, with Shane Flanagan still serving a suspension for his involvement in the 2011 supplements scandal.

Cronulla chairman Damien Keogh thanked Steve Noyce for his tireless dedication to the club, especially through the ASADA investigation, but admitted it was time for the struggling club to move in a new direction.

"We have had a look at effective operating models of some of the top sporting clubs locally and internationally and it was apparent that we need an operating and leadership model to maximise the opportunities ahead of the club in the next few years," Keogh said.

"We have come through two of the hardest years in the history of the club and it is now time to move forward. We have considerable revenue coming to the club from our development over the next few years and must invest this wisely to ensure our long-term viability in the NRL."

Steve Noyce was sacked as CEO of the Sydney Roosters in 2012 following the departure of coach Brian Smith who had his contract torn up following a disappointing 2012 season.

Earlier On Triple M

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Sharks star Todd Carney felt betrayed after he was sacked by Cronulla CEO Stave Noyce Photo: Getty Images

NRL star Todd Carney felt betrayed by Cronulla Sharks CEO Steve Noyce following the sacking from his lewd photo scandal.

This was the second time Noyce had terminated Carney's contract as an NRL CEO.

"He asked me how I wanted this to be handled and I told him I'd like to talk to my teammates first," Carney told Channel Nine's Danny Weidler.

"He then said I'll let you know and then the boys received a text message ten minutes later that a release was going to happen."

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Posted: 23 October, 2014

Roosters Nightclub Incident

Roosters prop Frank-Paul Nuuausala has been cleared of any wrong-doing

Roosters prop Frank-Paul Nuuausala has been cleared of any wrong-doing following an incident at Double Bay last weekend.

The Roosters released an official statement, saying "The Sydney Roosters wish to advise that they have been informed by the Rose Bay Local Area Command that Frank-Paul Nuuausala has been cleared of any wrong-doing following an incident at Double Bay last weekend.

"The NRL Integrity Unit has been advised.

"The Sydney Roosters do not condone any form of anti-social behaviour and will be making no further comment on the matter." Full story below.

Earlier On Triple M

A man has pleaded guilty to punching another man in the face and breaking his nose outside a Double Bay bar early Sunday morning while in the presence of Sydney Roosters prop Frank Paul Nu'Uausala.

Court documents reveal 35 year old Chris Downie yelled "Roosters suck" to Nu'Uausala and his friend Mulinuu Unasa.

The pair followed Downie out of the bar and another verbal altercation took place before Unasa punched Downie with his right fist causing him to fall back.

Unasa, an electrician from New Zealand, was arrested that night in Kensington and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He spent the night in custody and today pleaded guilty to the charge at Waverley Local court.

The court heard he had consumed 10 drinks before the altercation but wasn't under the affects of alcohol.

The judge noted Unasa showed remorse and despite the prosecution arguing against bail, it was granted on the basis he not consume any alcohol or drugs and cannot make contact with the victim.

Unasa will return to court in December for sentencing.

The NRL Integrity Unit has been made aware of the incident while The Roosters have no further comment.

Earlier On Triple M

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The Golden Sheaf Hotel Photo: Facebook

A man is preparing to face court in Waverly charged over a bloodied attack at the Golden Sheaf in Double Bay at the weekend.

The 35-year-old victim suffered a broken nose and fractured jaw after allegedly being attacked by a 29-year-old in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The victim claims that Roosters player Frank-Paul Nu’uausala was also there but wasn't directly involved.

The Roosters club told Triple M Frank Paul was there but stressed he was not the perpetrator.

“The Sydney Roosters are aware of an overnight incident at Double Bay which allegedly included a Roosters player. The club has informed the NRL Integrity Unit," said a club spokesperson.

“As this is a matter involving the police, the club is not in a position to make any further comment at this time.”

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Club stress Frank-Paul Nu’uausala was not the perpetrator Photo: Getty Images

NSW Police Statement

Detectives have arrested and charged a man over an alleged assault at Double Bay.

Emergency services were called to a hotel on New South Head Road just before 1.30am yesterday (Sunday 19 October 2014), where they found a man injured.

The 35-year-old was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital where he was treated for a broken nose and other facial injuries.

Police from Rose Bay Local Area Command attended and commenced inquiries.

Investigators were told the man was assaulted by another man following a verbal altercation outside the hotel.

The man fled before police arrived.

Following inquiries, a 29-year-old man was arrested at Maroubra Police Station about 6.45pm yesterday.

The Maroubra man was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was bail refused to appear at Waverley Local Court today (Monday 20 October 2014).

Earlier On Triple M

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NRL investigating incident involving Sydney Roosters Photo: Getty Images

There are reports a Sydney Roosters player was involved in a violent assault outside a Double Bay nightclub in Sydney on Saturday night.

The incident is believed to have happened outside the trendy Golden Sheaf Hotel.

A 35-year-old man was left with a broken nose.

"I was unconscious for a couple of minutes – they woke me up with my face like this," he said, in a report on Channel Nine.

It's believed the NRL club is aware of the incident and are investigating the matter.

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Tags: Sydney Roosters, Frank Paul Nu’uausala

Posted: 22 October, 2014

Sharks Want Barba

Cronulla is reportedly chasing Ben Barba to fill the hole left by the sacked Todd Carney

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Ben Barba of the Broncos breaks through the defence before going on to score a try against the Newcastle Knights at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane Photo: Getty Images

Cronulla is reportedly chasing Ben Barba to fill the hole left by the sacked Todd Carney.

It's understood the Broncos won't stand in the 25-year-old fullback's way if he decides to join the wooden-spooners because of the surplus of fullbacks Brisbane have on its books already, with Darius Boyd believed to be coach Wayne Bennett's preferred option.

Fairfax Media reports the Sharks have been talking to the former Dally M Medal winner for some time and see him as a marquee signing.

In 2013, Barba left the Bulldogs on compassionate grounds to be closer to his family in Queensland, but it appears he may be willing to return to Sydney if the price is right.

The Sharks have lost a few players this year including Carney and promising hooker Michael Lichaa (who is off to Canterbury). The biggest signing the Sharks have for next season is former Bulldogs skipper Michael Ennis.

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Posted: 21 October, 2014

Four Nations Teams - Week One

Five debutants have been named for the Kangaroos Four Nations opener against New Zealand on Saturday

UPDATE: Josh Hoffman has been rushed into the New Zealand Four Nations squad, after Panthers flyer Dallin Watene-Zelezniak broke his foot on the Gold Coast on Sunday. He will miss the rest of the Four Nations tournament.

It's believed the Dragons Gerard Beale will replace Dallin on the wing, with Hoffman part of the 20-man squad. Full team lists below.

Four Nations Team Lists

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Five debutants have been named for the Kangaroos Four Nations opener against New Zealand on Saturday.

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Josh Mansour, Daniel Tupou, Dylan Walker, Aaron Woods and Aidan Guerra are in an extended 20-man squad. Full team lists below.

Australia v New Zealand - Sat 25 Oct, 6.30pm (AEST), Suncorp Stadium


1 Greg Inglis
2 Josh Mansour
3 Michael Jennings
4 Dylan Walker
5 Daniel Tupou
6 Daly Cherry-Evans
7 Cooper Cronk
8 Aaron Woods
9 Cameron Smith (c)
10 Sam Thaiday
11 Beau Scott
12 Ryan Hoffman
13 Greg Bird

14 Robbie Farah
15 Aidan Guerra
16 Josh Papalii
17 Corey Parker
18 Boyd Cordner
19 David Klemmer
20 Sione Mata'utia

Coach: Tim Sheens

New Zealand

1 Peta Hiku
2 Jason Nightingale
3 Shaun Kenny-Dowall
4 Dean Whare
5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
6 Kieran Foran
7 Shaun Johnson
8 Jesse Bromwich
9 Thomas Leuluai
10 Adam Blair
11 Simon Mannering (c)
12 Kevin Proctor
13 Jason Taumalolo

14 Lewis Brown
15 Greg Eastwood
16 Martin Taupau
17 Tohu Harris
18 Suaia Matagi

Coach: Stephen Kearney

England v Samoa - Sat 25 October, 4:00pm (AEST), Suncorp Stadium


1 Sam Tomkins
2 Josh Charnley
3 Kallum Watkins
4 Michael Shenton
5 Ryan Hall
6 Gareth Widdop
7 Matty Smith
8 George Burgess
9 Josh Hodgson
10 James Graham (c)
11 Liam Farrell
12 Joel Tomkins
13 Joe Westerman

14 Daryl Clark
15 Brett Ferres
16 Tom Burgess
17 Chris Hill

Coach: Steve McNamara


1 Tim Simona
2 Antonio Winterstein
3 Ricky Leutele
4 Joey Leilua
5 Daniel Vidot
6 Ben Roberts
7 Kyle Stanley
8 Sam Tagataese
9 Michael Sio
10 David Fa'alogo
11 Frank Pritchard
12 Leeson Ah Mau
13 Josh McGuire

14 Pita Godinet
15 Jesse Sene-Lefao
16 Isaac Liu
17 Mose Masoe
18 Dunamis Lui

Coach: Matt Parish

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Posted: 21 October, 2014

Sterlo On Hayne, Parra

One of Parra's greatest players gives his opinion on Jarryd Hayne leaving and where to now for Parramatta

As one of Parramatta's greatest players we ask Peter Sterling's opinion on Jarryd Hayne dropping it all to have a crack at NFL and where the club needs to spend its money to cover the loss of the club's best player. Listen to the full audio below.

On Jarryd Hayne

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Jarryd Hayne makes a break against the Knights at Pirtek Stadium in 2014 Photo: Getty Images

"As a Parramatta fan I'm disappointed [he's leaving the NRL]… especially coming off the season that he did. It'll be tougher to win games without him," he said, on Triple M's nightly sports show, The Rush Hour.

Where Should The Eels Spend Their Money?

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Will Hopoate of Parramatta may be making a positional switch Photo: Getty Images

"They need to buy some quality in a couple of different positions," he said.

"I wouldn't be surprised if Will Hopoate goes to fullback. That's where he played all his junior football. And maybe you’re looking at a class centre, maybe in the halves or a back rower possibly".

On Anthony Watmough

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Anthony Watmough passes the ball during a Sea Eagles training session at Sydney Academy of Sport in 2014 Photo: Getty Images

"I'm concerned about the injury concerns that Anthony [Watmough] has had of recent times and he's past 30 [years old] now. You don't want to be paying too much money for that," he admitted.

"I still think they can get some good football out of him but I don't know how much long term."

Chris Sandow Or New Halfback?

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Parramatta halfback Chris Sandow takes a breather Photo: Getty Images

"Chris Sandow played some really good football this year, I’m yet to be convinced," he said.

"He did come off a good season and a lot of that had to do with the blokes around him and the coaching.

"But if there’s a young half out there that you could invest in, like a Ben Hunt (Broncos), I think that would be something Parramatta would need to look at." 

On Josh Hoffman, Ben Barba

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Broncos fullback Josh Hoffman looks to break a tackle earlier this season Photo: Getty Images

"There might be a little bit of value there. I don't know what Brisbane are going to do with all the [fullbacks] they've got," he said..

"Whether it's [Josh] Hoffman or [Ben] Barba, they would have to be serious considerations for Parramatta." Listen to the full audio below.

Peter Sterling On Triple M

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Tags: Parramatta Eels, Jarryd Hayne, Peter Sterling, Will Hopoate, Chris Sandow, Josh Hoffman, Ben Barba

Posted: 21 October, 2014

Sideshow Bob Is Back!

Former Parramatta player Matt Petersen is returning to rugby league

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Matt Petersen of the Eels in action during the second NRL Qualifying Final against the Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium in 2002 Photo: Getty Images

Hot off the heels of former NRL bad boy Chris Walker announcing his return, former Parramatta and Gold Coast Titans player Matt Petersen is also returning to rugby league.

The 34-year-old winger will join Chris Walker at the Toowoomba Valleys in the Brisbane A-League rugby league competition!

Parra fans will fondly remember him as "Sideshow Bob" because of his "thick, curly hair". He was an energetic winger who had a bit of speed about him but prone to the odd error or two as well.

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Welcome to the Roosters, Matt Petersen Photo: Toowoomba Valleys

The West Australian born player made his debut for the Cowboys in 2002 before spending four years at Parramatta (2002-2006).

He finished his NRL career at the Gold Coast Titans in 2008 before taking up an offer to join the UK Super League with Wakefield Trinity.

He retired in 2009, but he made a brief comeback last year playing for the USA in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

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Matt Petersen of the Eels runs with the ball against the Sea Eagles at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2006 Photo: Getty Images

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