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We’ll lose Hayne, warns Joey

Written By : DANIEL LANE. THE former Australian skipper, acknowledged by many as the code’s greatest-ever halfback, slammed the salary cap for being the greatest aid to rival codes, and
02 Oct 2010 12:00

image Written By : DANIEL LANE.

THE former Australian skipper, acknowledged by many as the code’s greatest-ever halfback, slammed the salary cap for being the greatest aid to rival codes, and even the English Super League, poaching players such as Hayne with king’s ransoms.
He expressed his frustration at the restrictive nature of the cap while being interviewed during the Usain Bolt charity dinner by the master of ceremonies Alan Jones.
His view is reinforced by a statistic showing that 15 first-graders will switch to next year’s English Super League, Super 15 rugby and AFL competitions a grand total of 1922 games of top-grade experience.
”Someone like Jarryd (Hayne) – I watch him not just as a commentator but also as a fan,” Johns said.
”The things he can do take your breath away. To put a cap on what he should earn, I think, is outrageous.
”He’s a world-class athlete Jarryd, and I hope he stays in rugby league his whole career. But unfortunately he probably won’t because the riches of French rugby union or even the Super League in England will probably poach Jarryd – or another code … AFL or rugby.
”He’s the sort of player that just commands that [attention] because he’s such a superstar. He shouldn’t be restricted on what he can earn.”
Johns noted that the AFL’s obvious demand for league’s best talent was also a concern.
This year the AFL recruited Brisbane’s Israel Folau to join league international Karmichael Hunt in that code for a deal estimated to be worth $6 million over four years.
The AFL would also like to sign the likes of Hayne and Melbourne’s Billy Slater to help the Kevin Sheedy-coached GWS gain a supporter base in Sydney’s western suburbs.
While Parramatta missed out on Wallabies star Quade Cooper when the ARU decided to open its chequebook, rugby’s new Melbourne Rebels Super 15 franchise signed Newcastle’s Cooper Vuna, St George Illawarra’s Jarrod Saffy and JP du Plessis, (who did not play first grade) from the Sydney Roosters.
Other players to join the NRL’s annual exodus of players include Brett Finch, Jeff Lima and Ryan Hoffman (Melbourne to Wigan), Luke Patten (Canterbury to Salford), Josh Perry (Manly to St Helens), Luke O’Donnell (Cowboys to Huddersfield) Willie Mason (Cowboys to Hull KR), Blake Green (Canterbury to Hull KR), Ben Farrar (Manly to Catalans), Ian Henderson (Warriors to Catalans), Scott Dureau (Newcastle to Catalans) and Lopini Paea (Roosters to Catalans).


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