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    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sp...ed2ea7cdbe7048

    Jai Arrow should have been the captain of the Gold Coast Titans for the next eight years.

    Instead, the Queensland Origin star will reconnect with former coach Wayne Bennett at South Sydney after the Rabbitohs pulled off a Christmas heist.

    The Titans should never have allowed South Sydney to poach Arrow on a four-year contract worth more than $3.2 million from 2021.

    But the Gold Coast left the door open for the slick Rabbitohs to pounce on the man they earmarked to replace retired English superstar Sam Burgess.

    Arrow, 24, is a proud Gold Coast product and the Glitter Strip is where his heart is.

    He was the poster boy for a club that has constantly claimed it wants to be built on local players.

    After leaving the Broncos in 2017, Arrow gave everything he had in 38 games for the Titans during former coach Garth Brennan’s unsuccessful two-year tenure.

    His performances were so impressive he earned a State of Origin debut in his first year at the Titans and has made four appearances for the Maroons, with injury costing him two more.

    Arrow is the type of player you can build a team around.

    His effort can never be questioned. The way he plays the game has taken a toll on his body but he isn’t the type to slow down or think of self-preservation.

    The first move new Titans coach Justin Holbrook should have made was to sit Arrow down, tell him he was the man to lead the team and give him the Gold Coast’s captaincy.

    But the Titans’ decision-makers called Arrow’s bluff, believing he wouldn’t leave the club and refused to engage in a bidding war with South Sydney.

    Arrow has been unfairly criticised for his decision to leave the Titans.

    The Titans’ final offer to Arrow was worth, on average, $675,000-a-season over four years. The club only matched the four-year tenure offered by South Sydney late in negotiations after initially offering three years.

    The Rabbitohs deal came in comfortably above $800,000-a-season over the life of the contract.

    That’s at least a $500,000 difference in the total value - a sacrifice few would be willing to make in any industry, let alone the brutal world of rugby league.


    The plight of Burgess, forced into retirement by a shoulder injury at the peak of his career, was a warning for Arrow.

    Arrow would have stayed at the Titans if there was not such a discrepancy in the deals, but the final offers were worlds apart.

    South Sydney’s acquisition of Arrow was a slick operation.

    Rabbitohs boss Shane Richardson flew to the Gold Coast to meet Arrow, outlining the club’s vision and where he would fit into their NRL premiership plans.

    Richardson’s words were backed up by the figures on the formal offer and when Bennett spoke publicly about his desire to have Arrow at Redfern there was no doubt South Sydney was serious.

    But the Titans, scarred by a series of recruitment blunders over the years, refused to believe Arrow would walk.

    The Gold Coast’s salary cap is in dire straits, partly due to the work of previous employees but also the decisions of some still involved in the club.


    Halfback Ash Taylor will be paid $1 million next year. Hooker Nathan Peats is on more than $600,000, the same with forwards Jarrod Wallace and Kevin Proctor.

    The signings of Penrith trio Bryce Cartwright, Leilani Latu and Tyrone Peachey, a combined $1.5 million-a-year, has so far been a disaster.

    One of the most painful for the club to cop has been the signing of Canberra prop Shannon Boyd, also on a deal worth north of $600,000-a-season.


    Boyd and Arrow share the same manager and Titans recruitment chief Mal Meninga has vowed the club will no longer pay overs for players.

    It’s a fair stance to take in light of past decisions, but in this case the Titans picked the wrong player to play tough with.

    At the same time they were playing hardball with Arrow, the Titans signed highly-rated Melbourne teenager Tino Fa’asuamaleaui on a $2 million contract for three years.

    A Gympie product, Fa’asuamaleaui has played five NRL games and will depart the successful Storm system to link with the Titans on $650,000-a-season.

    The money for Fa’asuamaleaui was so much the Storm released a statement saying they couldn’t match it for such an inexperienced player.


    While Fa’asuamaleaui could yet be a revelation for the Titans, the club has lost the man that should have been leading them out for best part of the next decade.

    And few are more disappointed about that than Arrow himself.

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    WOW! I'm sure Arrow's manager had something to do with this article to soften his player's reputation after cowardly announcing his move to Souths on Christmas eve but I also believe what's being said in this article. FFS Why do time and time again we seem to absolutely **** ourselves due to sheer incompetence. For the past decade it's always been 1 step forward 2 steps back.

  2. #602

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    ^^^ If a lot of the above post is true then we have royally screwed this up. We were going to pay an unproven young bloke from Melbourne the same money as Arrow. Kidding.
    Many were saying Arrow should be captain and i would have hoped that was offered in the proposed deal, but apparently not. So we stick with a plodder in James as a captain and nothing changes. Same old blundering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdrew View Post
    If Arrow goes in 2020 and another player moves on shortly, we will have just 23 players contracted, thus clearly the Titans have advanced plans to bring in at least five players early in the new year, including potentially upgrading some of the youngsters currently trialling.

    I for one am excited about the possibilities.
    I respect your support for the young blokes but we cannot wait for three or four years for these blokes to hit NRL standard. You'll be the only member left by that time.

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    Isnít Mal on $400k?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whats Doing View Post
    Isn’t Mal on $400k?
    400K for Head of Performance and Culture.... Of a team that finished last and with players that didn't put in despite threatening to offload them. One of whom took leave because people on facebook were saying he was playing ****.

    Yeah ok then.





    I don't want hear more nonsense about Mal putting in structures to ensure our success. If you have to pay 400K for someone that isn't the head coach, CEO or recruitment officer/football manager to single handedly turn us into a successful sporting team then clearly you have no f****** idea how to run a professional club and likely never will. It's the head coach's and recruitment officer/general football manger job to assemble a winning team with a good culture. Getting rid of Brennan was solving one part of the problem.

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    Is their any backflip clauses anymore??

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    That article is clearly the words of a player manager being laundered through a biased media. Pay it no mind.

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    That above article is Souffs/Arrow/his manager and a loving Sydney media writing exactly what they want to put out there.
    It would not be a factual article.
    Especially the numbers.

    Arrow can GAGF and when he retires he won’t be a local legend up here.
    Who’s the piece of work that “wrote” that?

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    I see the disgraceful GC Bulletin are lazily reprinting the Travis Meyne Jai Arrow press release dumping on our club without bothering to have a quote from anyone at our club.

    See what we are up against

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    FFS. Yep you blokes are right, we came last by 4 clear games due to a media conspiracy. I give up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bods View Post
    I see the disgraceful GC Bulletin are lazily reprinting the Travis Meyne Jai Arrow press release dumping on our club without bothering to have a quote from anyone at our club.

    See what we are up against
    Well well well I had a crack at the GC Bulletin for reprinting the Travis Meyne piece without consulting our club and it’s sports editor blocked me.
    Don’t have the hide to stick up for our club and it’s admin.

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    That's arrows manager doing damage control. I'd be surprised if people here couldn't realise that.

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    Ah the old typical “let’s make the player not look like the jerk” article that always comes out. Yep as said on here it’s nothing but damage control so people don’t bag arrow.

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    Frankly this discussion is nauseating. But I will join it.
    If the figures are right that's a big difference of money and sometimes head trump's heart. A career is short and could be finished tomorrow.
    There is nothing to be gained by bagging the club or the player. Let's move on, it takes more than one player to make a team. I just hope he is in a winning Qld team.

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    You would hope that Titans management would come out and refute any errors in that article otherwise it is either true or management just lets the media run all over us

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Mole View Post
    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sp...ed2ea7cdbe7048


    The Gold Coast’s salary cap is in dire straits, partly due to the work of previous employees but also the decisions of some still involved in the club.[/U][/B]

    [B][U]Halfback Ash Taylor will be paid $1 million next year. Hooker Nathan Peats is on more than $600,000, the same with forwards Jarrod Wallace and Kevin Proctor.

    The signings of Penrith trio Bryce Cartwright, Leilani Latu and Tyrone Peachey, a combined $1.5 million-a-year, has so far been a disaster.
    Thank you very much Garth Brennan for leaving us in this pile of dog ****.

    The fact of the matter is we are paying overs for so many players right now that we have **** all cash to afford to upgrade the others, so we end up losing them. Rugby league is not about loyalty anymore, it's all about the $$$.
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