1. Out Now: The Front Row rugby league magazine

    LeagueUnlimited.com is proud to launch a brand new weekly publication to accompany your footy weekend.

    INCLUDES team lists, match previews, match reports, key stats and news from around the National Rugby League - 36 pages and packed full.

    EDITION 2 - OUT NOW!

    Guest, click here to read online or download your free PDF copy

Parramatta Eels sign Josh Papalii for 2014

Discussion in 'Parramatta Eels' started by Etu Uaisele, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. The EELiminator

    The EELiminator Coach

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2005
    Messages:
    11,900
    Likes Received:
    650
    it depends if he is found out trying to get top dollar by playing the raiders and eels off against each other without any consideration for what josh wants his reputation will suffer
     
  2. born an eel

    born an eel Bench

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2009
    Messages:
    3,882
    Likes Received:
    3
    I hope we have included moving his mother in our cap allowance as even if Canberra didn't have to we know Schubert will hit us for it
     
  3. Twizzle

    Twizzle Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2003
    Messages:
    137,284
    Likes Received:
    5,037
    I reckon they gagged him for their benefit, not his.

    Time will tell.
     
  4. mickdo

    mickdo Coach

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2003
    Messages:
    17,355
    Likes Received:
    0
    Must be comedy hour in here... gagged for his own good :lol:
     
  5. Craig Johnston

    Craig Johnston First Grade

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2009
    Messages:
    5,396
    Likes Received:
    3
    this, more specifically dave furner junior has gagged him, which is understandable from a coaches pov.

    but dave snr and others shouldn't be speaking on papalii's behalf.
     
  6. Tony Bongo

    Tony Bongo Bench

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2010
    Messages:
    3,006
    Likes Received:
    0
    I will hire a truck and move her for free. Does anyone want to give me a hand?
     
  7. I bleed blue & gold

    I bleed blue & gold First Grade

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2010
    Messages:
    8,340
    Likes Received:
    802
    I'll help you Tony lol.
     
  8. Gronk

    Gronk Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2006
    Messages:
    52,105
    Likes Received:
    8,332
    I'll help if we stop off at the Yass Pie Shop.
     
  9. Tooooks

    Tooooks Juniors

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    1,494
    Likes Received:
    426
    Not having a shot at anyone, but can people please stop calling Papalii a kid? He's not a kid, he's a grown young man. It's a terrible habit I've noticed, particularly in Rugby League, to label young players kids (usually to excuse poor behaviour).

    He is a man who - according to one report - approached Parramatta (rather than Parra approaching him) and subsequently signed a contract, presumably with a full understanding of what that contract entails. What's more, he did it in front of his mother. If he has any integrity at all, he'll honour the contract he signed, regardless of whether the Raiders can match it or not. If he doesn't have that integrity, I couldn't give a toss if he doesn't come here.

    It is a tough decision for him, but it's also an enviable position for someone his age to be in (hmm should I take this big offer, or this huge offer).
     
  10. hineyrulz

    hineyrulz Post Whore

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Messages:
    107,178
    Likes Received:
    33,184
    Yeah nothing says i want to stay in Cannn-Brrra more than signing a 3 year deal with Parra:lol:
     
  11. emjaycee

    emjaycee First Grade

    Joined:
    May 16, 2006
    Messages:
    8,848
    Likes Received:
    3,605
    This.

    He can legally drive, vote, drink, gamble, have sex, fight in wars, and sign contracts... all without parental permission.
     
  12. EELMAN JACK

    EELMAN JACK Juniors

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2005
    Messages:
    535
    Likes Received:
    0
    in total agreement with you. but we all know these days a contract is not worth a teaspoon of monkey shit. either he honours his signing or piss off now.
     
  13. oldmancraigy

    oldmancraigy Coach

    Joined:
    May 11, 2004
    Messages:
    10,664
    Likes Received:
    448

    I hope you can see that it's mostly your reconstruction which has him deadset keen to backflip?

    The simple facts (as they are known) is that he knocked back an offer from Canberra and actually put pen to paper and committed with Parramatta.
    Since then he's been given a media ban
    And the Raiders media train have since then been talking up how they have the right to match the offer by round 13.

    They CAN offer him the same moolah, but since he's signed with us, you've also got to convince him to change his mind about where he wants to play. You'd think if it was a simple matter of matching teh cash, they'd be all about putting him out there and saying how much he wants to play in Canberra. What better way to get sponsors for the bloke??

    Surely a logical reading of the situation suggests the gag is so people get bored with the whole thing until the footy is actually on again???
     
  14. Tony Bongo

    Tony Bongo Bench

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2010
    Messages:
    3,006
    Likes Received:
    0
    He is a man who......signed a contract......in front of his mother.
    That makes him still a kid in my books as well as the fact that he is only 20 years old (the same age as my daughter). Clearly the kid has a lot of growing up to do if he doesn't know how to be a MAN of his word.
     
  15. Raider_69

    Raider_69 Post Whore

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2003
    Messages:
    61,174
    Likes Received:
    4
    I agree. I like Papalii a lot, as a player as well as a person. He seems like a nice quiet guy who just gets on with it without fuss, always has time for the fans, this about as controversial as i think we'll ever see him, but his actions here have not been one of someone id label a man. He's handled it like a kid and thats probably because he still has a lot of maturing to do.

    He's signed a deal and it would appear from my perspective (and you guys obviously disagree) he has not fully considered his decision. Which has lead us to this uncertainity.
     
  16. Delboy

    Delboy First Grade

    Joined:
    May 21, 2005
    Messages:
    5,514
    Likes Received:
    1,152
    This reminds me so much of Sandow. Souffds trie to get him to recommit to them and spread all sorts of stories

    At the end of the day, our club signed a player with good pedigree etc, as far as I can see they have done everything correctly. The June 30 rule is a suck, but even if this does not go our way, the current admin did everything correctly, The Faiders need to stop crying and understand the market.
     
  17. Delboy

    Delboy First Grade

    Joined:
    May 21, 2005
    Messages:
    5,514
    Likes Received:
    1,152
    Is this pollie speak from the lefties in Canberra, what uncertainty, signed a contract and that was it. Must be peculiar to you guys, what was to fully understand, get sensible, you obviously dont like the fact he has signed elsewhere, but that is a rather silly comment
     
  18. Maroubra Eel

    Maroubra Eel Coach

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2003
    Messages:
    19,045
    Likes Received:
    39
    If he's still a kid at 20 years of age he hasn't been brought up properly. He should be a fully grown adult capable of making his own decisions.
     
  19. natheel

    natheel Coach

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2009
    Messages:
    12,101
    Likes Received:
    148
    Logical thing to do would be...let him speak for himself about his future THEN put the ban on so media leaves him alone and he can focus on the season. I think the ban is to have mal and the likes talk to him without media interference. Furner and 'insiders' are talking for him which tells me they're nervous
     
  20. Raider_69

    Raider_69 Post Whore

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2003
    Messages:
    61,174
    Likes Received:
    4
    I think you will struggle to find me saying he is deadset keen to backflip. As ive said a number of times, the most likely scenario here is that he honors his deal with Parramatta, and i have absolutely no issue with that, other than obvious disappointment as a Raiders fan to lose a talented player.

    All i have said is that i think it's plain as day the guy is having 2nd thoughts. And his playing distination for 2014 is still very much up in the air. I genuinely believe he could go either way, but as several, including myself have pointed out, even if he wants to stay, the Raiders are up against it as to keep him, we've got to come up with the cash and convince him to renege on his deal.

    If he doesnt want to stay, i dont see any logical reason for all this to be going on. Furner and McIntyre is not in the habit of playing PR man with the fans, the club is notrious for how little it thinks of how the fans feel about management. It's one of the fan bases major gripes. This is a management, who at the height of our losing streak told the fan base David Furner is safe until he loses 30 games in a row, and then had the arrogence to basically tell us, they'd never sacked a coach ever and they never will, and they couldnt care less what the fans thought because they know better than us.

    So the idea that the club is blowing smoke up the media's arse to appease raiders fans, is rather foreign to us. They've never bothered trying to appease the fans before, why start now? Especially over something no one is really critical of them for

    If they werent trying to match it and confident they can keep him, they'd have just sooked in the media about junior concessions and got on with other business, especially considering most raiders fans are no longer concerned about Managements role in this because the numbers being thrown around are much higher than most of us would be willing to pay him under the cap

    There just seems to be a Sargent Schultz attitude here that if you guys close your eyes and pretend it's not happen, you'll wake up and it will all be a dream and Papalii is a sure starter for the Eels in 2014... it very well may end that way, and as i said, its the most likely outcome at this stage, but that doesnt change what i think is rather obvious and that's that he is taking the time now, thanks in large to the ridiculous Round 13 clause, to reconsider his options.
     

Share This Page