Friday 14 December 2018

Players have to maximise new contracts

The reality is rugby is now a business and the likes of CJ Stander and Peter O'Mahony have to look after their careers. They have to maximise what they get out of it and it has become a negotiating factor. Stock photo: Sportsfile
The reality is rugby is now a business and the likes of CJ Stander and Peter O'Mahony have to look after their careers. They have to maximise what they get out of it and it has become a negotiating factor. Stock photo: Sportsfile

Noel Mannion

Once the game of rugby turned professional in 1995, all of these contract problems were always going to appear, writes Noel Mannion.

The reality is rugby is now a business and the likes of CJ Stander and Peter O'Mahony have to look after their careers. They have to maximise what they get out of it and it has become a negotiating factor. 

The knock-on effect of that is the bigger clubs have to find players from somewhere. Any player that Connacht have is probably open to being taken as well. It's a huge problem and it's going to get more and more prevalent over time. 

It doesn't just happen to the Irish either. Leinster went down to New Zealand recently and took James Lowe. It's going to happen to everyone in the Guinness PRO14, particularly with the money that's in France and England, and even within the top three or four clubs in the PRO14. 

It's going to be a problem that is going to have to be addressed. It's an open market and the players are going to have to use whatever tools they have to try and get the best money they can for themselves.

It's going to be the exact same with coaches and players. Loyalty and camaraderie is a great thing but at the end of the day at 27 or 28 in a high-impact and collision-based game you have to look after yourself.

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