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Holmes still has a year on his contract. I am not sure how that works but a contract is a contract and I would imagine the Cowboys or whoever would have to buy the contract out. Then again the NRL is that piss weak they could allow anything to happen.
This was the last year of his contract, he has been released from it but cannot join another NRL club this season. Next year however he can do what he likes
 

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Wow. Having sat through the months and months it took for the self-reported cap case to be reviewed, and just secured a major sponsor, you'd think he'd be able to now consolidate. I can understand why he might have fallen on his sword, but I think this endless turmoil isn't good for the Club. We still don't know if we have to give up a player :(

EDIT: Club Statement - https://www.sharks.com.au/news/2019/03/05/barry-russell-sharks-ceo-statement/
 

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Having read Barry Russell's statement I am still left wondering why he quit. The past twelve months has obviously been pretty stressful but Barry appears to have done the hard yards.

As Barry Russell says, 'We are now through this very difficult period and I believe the time is right for the Club to have a fresh start and be taken forward in a new direction'.

Barry's decision is made so we move on and hopefully we can get someone who has his or her finger on the pulse and will give us some much needed stability.
 

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Talk that Segeyaro will be let go :(

PS LOL at Cameron Smith indignantly claiming that they're the hard done by good guys. Hmmmm...
I think we can cover Segeyaro although it would be a shame to loose him. Even without Seggy we still have a solid squad and if the new Coach has the players in the right frame of mind we will push for a spot in the top eight. I have not heard any further on who we will release but as the season starts in two days something will have to happen soon. :)

Cameron Smith is fast gaining a reputation for never letting the facts get in the road of his arguments. Maybe he is angling for a career in the media? For the record...

Cronulla breached the salary cap by 700k in 2015, 2017 and 2018 while Melbourne were over by 3.78 million over a five year period. Melbourne's rorting was that severe that it was investigated by the Victorian Police Fraud Squad and ASIC. At Cronulla we self reported our breech whilst Melbourne was uncovered by a whistle blower believed to be the club's former Chief Financial Officer Paul Vale. Despite the explanations of former Board Members there is no excuse for what happened at Cronulla but it pales to insignificance when compared to the Melbourne Storm saga.

Melbourne Storm, and in particular certain ex club officials were lucky they didn't face fraud charges. :(

PS I have to say the explanations offered by a few of our former officials are, in my opinion a tasteless cover up. To link the over payment of players to the Cronulla Riot of 2005 is rubbish. We ****** up and we should all acknowledge that.
 
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Melbourne's rorting was that severe that it was investigated by the Victorian Police Fraud Squad and ASIC.
and no charges were laid. But all salary cap breaches are investigated by police and ASIC heck Parramatta had their CEO was charged by police for fraud and given a two year good behavour bond stemming from their salary cap breach so what level of severe is that if charges were in fact laid and proven in court?

End of the day cheating is cheating, the amounts don't (or should) matter. The Sharks should've lost their Premiership and talk of the Storm getting their two back is delusional at best.
 

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and no charges were laid. But all salary cap breaches are investigated by police and ASIC heck Parramatta had their CEO was charged by police for fraud and given a two year good behavour bond stemming from their salary cap breach so what level of severe is that if charges were in fact laid and proven in court?

End of the day cheating is cheating, the amounts don't (or should) matter. The Sharks should've lost their Premiership and talk of the Storm getting their two back is delusional at best.
I corrected a factual error in my original post as Cronulla has satisfied the NRL that it was under the salary cap in 2016, the years in question are 2015 and 2017-18. It is a tad ironic that we won the Premiership in a year that we were under the cap. I can see where non Cronulla supporters might smell a rat but if there is no evidence and the NRL is satisfied the Premiership has to stand. Melbourne Storm were stripped of their Premierships and a World Club title because they were shown to be over the cap in those years. Cam Smith conveniently overlooks that detail.
 

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Trading off an immediate gain with long term financial security. We don't have a lot of choice right now and this does at least firm up our future. But we need to get to a stage where we're not losing $3m a year in the football department.

The best way to do that is onfield. So of course tonight's result was entirely predictable, against a team we routinely belt :rolleyes:.
 

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We haven't hit our straps yet but I have been impressed with Moylan at full back. He should fill in nicely for Val Holmes.

But you are right eddie they have been a bogey side for us.

We get a 40m cash injection yet flag taking games away from Shark Park in order to boost our coffers. Apparently not one game at Shark Park ran at a profit last year and even in our Premiership year we ran at a loss. It has been suggested we play a game in Fiji or Tonga. These games would need to be subsidised by the NRL to make it worth while. I assume the NRL subside games in non traditional areas just as the AFL does?
 
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