Player Watch #10: Ben Cunnington

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the Ziebull

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Nov 14, 2010
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Could Cunnington miss the rest of 2020?

"100% it's a possibility. It's a possibility he might be back in a couple of weeks as well ... (but) the longer it goes, then the more preparation time he'll need to get back to playing, so the next week or two are big for Ben."
Put him on ice for the year.
Yep his body sounds completely cooked
 

sbdan

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it came out of nowhere. Was it annon field injury? Or just one of those back twinges that has gone horribly wrong?
 

king rising

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Jul 20, 2016
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Sad that the great man hasn’t been able to strut his stuff this year. No way we should try and play him again this season, get him right for a big 2021 campaign. Back injuries are not to be trifled with.
 

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Caracas

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Sad that the great man hasn’t been able to strut his stuff this year. No way we should try and play him again this season, get him right for a big 2021 campaign. Back injuries are not to be trifled with.
I just want to see him on the park as quickly as possible.


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Horace

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it came out of nowhere. Was it annon field injury? Or just one of those back twinges that has gone horribly wrong?
I suspect it might have happened during the initial lockdown. He was apparently down at the farm doing a bit of work and maybe he tried to lift a 700 kg bull or something, just to keep in shape. I would send him to a good Chiropractor, who might spot something amiss.
 

tazaa

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Apr 11, 2007
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Does anyone actually know how he hurt his back?
Nothing has actually ever been said.
If it ends up being that he hurt it on his farm lifting some hay or machinery I would honestly punish him financially.

His injury f’ed our year. No doubt whasoever.
 

shinboner magic

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Does anyone actually know how he hurt his back?
Nothing has actually ever been said.
If it ends up being that he hurt it on his farm lifting some hay or machinery I would honestly punish him financially.

His injury f’ed our year. No doubt whasoever.
You can be the one that tells him 👍
 

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Themanbun

Premiership Player
Apr 19, 2019
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Does anyone actually know how he hurt his back?
Nothing has actually ever been said.
If it ends up being that he hurt it on his farm lifting some hay or machinery I would honestly punish him financially.

His injury f’ed our year. No doubt whasoever.
I'm not sure you can just punish people financially whenever you feel like it mate.
 

Only Forwards

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I'm not sure you can just punish people financially whenever you feel like it mate.
It would be interesting to see what clauses are in contracts about physical exertion and playing other sports.

I understand the US sporting market is much more cut throat but sustaining an injury doing manual labour that jeopardises your ability to play the sport is the sort of thing franchises can terminate contracts for.
 

Themanbun

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It would be interesting to see what clauses are in contracts about physical exertion and playing other sports.

I understand the US sporting market is much more cut throat but sustaining an injury doing manual labour that jeopardises your ability to play the sport is the sort of thing franchises can terminate contracts for.
I'm just not so sure you can clause proof all of this kind of stuff. Maybe they have a specific clause, who knows. But I highly doubt Ben would sign anything, being a very in demand player, if it purported to terminate his contract or financially punish him for helping out on his farm.

The dude could walk into any club in the competition. He has all the power here.
 

Themanbun

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Yes you can. Just ask Matty Campbell when he got the flick from the club.
I'm not up with what happened with Matty but unless it's provided for in the person's contract or incorporated instruments (e.g. code of conduct) then no you cannot just unilaterally fine them whenever you want.
 

Only Forwards

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I'm just not so sure you can clause proof all of this kind of stuff. Maybe they have a specific clause, who knows. But I highly doubt Ben would sign anything, being a very in demand player, if it purported to terminate his contract or financially punish him for helping out on his farm.

The dude could walk into any club in the competition. He has all the power here.
I almost guarantee language in contracts about injuries sustained outside of footy.

We pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars and he'd be fairly specifically covered for medical insurance.

He is not the only factor at play here however in a normal season you'd be able to put a $ figure of the cost to us of him not playing.
 

LuvtheKangas

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This looks like one of those BF discussions that's morphed out of control on the back of a throwaway line. I think someone said as a joke that Ben did his back doing some superhuman lifting at the farm during the break. It was a nod to Ben being a superman, no?

I believe the truth is far more mundane - it appears that he did his back in a game (Sydney - round 3?).
 

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