South Sydney have reportedly rejected Joseph Suaalii’s request for get-out clauses in his interesting contract demands but will renegotiate an extended contract in the hopes of keeping the schoolboy sensation.
The 17-year-old, who is already signed to a three-year deal, asked for an improved five-year deal with a raft of get-out clauses that could help him use the club as a stepping stone.
However, the Sydney Morning Heraldreports the Rabbitohs have rejected the teen’s demands.
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Suaalii signed with South Sydney last year, but has been the target of sustained interest from Rugby Australia.
Last month Suaalii turned down those advances but has since demanded a new contract from Souths, which would see him become one of the highest-paid teenagers in this Australian sporting history.
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On top of a lengthier contract, he wants better pay in each year of his deal.
And that’s not all, the schoolboy superstar, who has not played for King’s this year, wants get-out clauses in his favour.
Those get-out clauses would be active from the second year of his contract onwards.
South Sydney’s Joseph Suaalii in SG BallSource:Supplied
They would allow him to switch codes to rugby union be it with the Wallabies or for a more lucrative offer in France or England.
The Rabbitohs won’t be agreeing to the clauses, but the Herald reports the club will look at a contract extension.
It comes after the Bunnies were warned against giving in to such demands from a schoolboy who has yet to play against men, let alone in the NRL.
“It can only happen at the detriment of the club,” said Phil Gould on Channel 9.
“You’re putting the club in a poor position.
“The player will only take up his option if he’s not worth the money.
“If he thinks he’s worth more he’ll go and put himself on the market and go get a release.”
It was a view shared by Paul Gallen, who argued that Suaalii could agree to short-term contracts in order to maximise his worth.
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“If he’s so confident in himself why doesn’t he just sign one-year deals?” Gallen asked.
“If he’s that confident in his ability and what he can do on the field, just sign a one-year deal and you’re off-contract every year anyway.
“The only person I can compare that to is Sonny Bill Williams. We all know Sonny Bill is out for Sonny Bill which I think everyone accepts.
“He signs one-year deals wherever he goes, if he’s good enough and wants to stay they’ll re-sign him for the money he wants.
“Otherwise, he can go somewhere else. Maybe Suaalii should look at something like that.”
Originally published asReaction to teen freak’s staggering demand
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