The Grapple Podcast on Sport 101.5 2017-06-15
Tonight New Grapple inductee Amy Bock is warmly welcomed to the team and gets straight in to business in foiling both Shane Moon and The Sports Buddy in a lively program
Welcome to Amy Bock (captain of the Beerwah Bulldogs Open Div 1 women’s team) in the studio and new member of the panel
SOO game 2 selections and u/18 NSW/Qld curtain raiser
Some movement on the coach sacking meter-Des and Kevie’s futures!!
Ongoing player movements:
SOUTHS speedster Alex Johnston won’t be leaving Redfern any time soon after re-signing with the club until the end of 2020 but Cronulla are reportedly closing in on South Sydney back Aaron Gray. The Sharks have tabled the 23-year-old deal which would see him join the club as Josh Dugan’s centre partner for next season.
The offer is believed to be for three seasons. Currently on the wing for the Rabbitohs, the City Origin representative wants to play his preferred position of centre. Gray is expected to make a call on his future shortly. And in other news from the burrow, centre Bryson Goodwin has confirmed a move to England at the end of the NRL season. Goodwin, who was part of the Rabbitohs' drought-breaking 2014 premiership squad will link with Super League side Leigh in 2018, spelling the end to his 11-season NRL career. –Leigh beat Wigan last week for 1st time in 34 years
Watch this space as the Sharks have officially knocked back Jimmy Maloney’s request for an upgrade for next season. Maloney has evidently grown unhappy with his $500,000 salary due to an overheated player market that has set several inferior rivals up for life.
Maloney is contracted to Cronulla until the end of next season, with his current deal maxing out at $600,000 - just half of what Ben Hunt is reported to be going to the Dragons for. Flanagan said he was entitled to ask for a pay rise but he wouldn’t be getting one until his next contract, with the Sharks unprepared to go outside their “process”. The Rabbitohs are the main contenders for the representative five-eighth’s signature but the Knights, Warriors, and even the Storm are toying with the idea of luring Maloney.
MANLY’S big men are on the move once again with dumped Queensland stalwart Nate Myles offloaded to Melbourne before 30 June this year and fellow veteran Brenton Lawrence also likely to follow him out of the club. Bellamy’s reputation for getting the best out of players who have struggled elsewhere was a key selling point in luring the Queenslander to what will be his fifth club in a 230-game, 13-year career, while his wife Tessa’s family is also based in Melbourne.
The Storm’s search for quality props has now netted them both Myles and Bulldogs behemoth Sam Kasiano for next season. Kasiano’s three-year-deal is worth close to $2 million but it’s understood the club still has cash left over with the departures of McLean, Tohu Harris and Kevin Proctor all freeing up their salary cap.
Newcastle fans can expect the official confirmation of Aidan Guerra’s three-year-deal
In a huge show of loyalty, Adam Elliott shunned interest from rivals to re-sign with the Bulldogs. While the backrower was in demand with three clubs chasing his signature, Elliott accepted a modest deal, less than what was on offer from others, to stay at Belmore.
A fan of the club who slept with a Bulldogs bedspread as a child, Elliott’s decision to re-sign - coupled with the addition of Aaron Woods and Kieran Foran - is expected to see more movement around Belmore, with at least one more quality player to follow Sam Kasiano out the door.
Melbourne halfback Ryley Jacks has re-signed with the club for another 12 months. The 25-year-old made his NRL debut this season and has impressed enough to earn a contract extension.
THERE is literally a new contract and a shot at NRL redemption hinging on Kiwi international Shaun Kenny-Dowall’s day in court next week. Look for the Newcastle Knights to make a play to sign SKD before the June 30 deadline pending the outcome of the case.
The Knights had offered Kenny-Dowall a three-year deal worth more than $1.2 million prior to the NRL flyer being charged by police. Given Kenny-Dowall’s charge is a first offence, the NRL star is a reasonable chance of getting a section 10. That would mean there is no conviction recorded, which would pave the way for the Knights to sign the Kiwi flyer.
ROUND 14 DALLY M LEADERBOARD- goes behind closed doors this week
C Smith (MEL) 20 R Tuivasa-Sheck (NZL) 15 M Pearce (SYD) 15
P Vaughan (STI) 14 P Gallen (CRO) 14
C Gutherson (PAR) 13 G Widdop (STI) 13 W Graham (CRO) 13 B Slater (MEL) 13
M Taupau (MAN) 12 L Keary (SYD) 11
C Norman (PAR) 10 M Morgan (NQL) 10 J Rapana (CAN) 10 Matt Gillet 10
Segment 2: Chat with Amy about Women’s rugby league
Segment 3: Preview round-15 and SOO game 2 with Greg McCallum and own predictions etc.