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The NRL is preparing for a restart of the season on May 28 as clubs resume training this week, but there are still a number of hurdles to overcome for the ambitious return offer.
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“EXTRAORDINARY MEETING” COULD FIND THE STORM
An “extraordinary meeting” to be held at Albury City Council could disrupt relocation plans for the Melbourne Storm.
Border Mail Journalist David Johnston reports that the meeting, scheduled for Tuesday evening, will address a number of concerns expressed by councilors regarding the Storm’s access to council facilities.
The meeting will also review how the initial decision to grant an exemption to Storm was made.
If council judges Albury a prohibited area, the storm will be forced to quickly find a plan B after the Victorian government has denied them permission to resume training in Melbourne.
This means that the Storm must find somewhere in New South Wales to begin training before the May 28 lockdown.
PLAYERS CONCERNED ABOUT MOTHER’S DAY AND FRIENDS
NRL players are concerned about some of the restrictions that will prevent them from seeing their mothers and girlfriends.
Danny Weidler revealed the players’ concerns as they familiarized themselves with the new strict biosecurity protocols when training resumed on Wednesday.
“One of the things that really struck players early was Mother’s Day,” said Wediler at the Big Sports Breakfast.
“The players in theory will not be allowed to go see their moms. This could be a source of behind-the-scenes debate as it shows how restricted the players are.
“In addition, players cannot see their girlfriends who are not necessarily live partners. It is another thing that they will have to look at closely.
“I can understand that absolutely if they plan to return to the field.”
Players have also raised concerns about the possibility of seeing their children if they are separated from their ex-partners.
“There is also the issue of players who have been divorced or separated from their partners and children,” said Weidler. “I know the clubs are already looking into this problem.
“I think they are looking into whether the child is brought to their home or whether they are going to their former residence.
“It’s complicated, but it’s something they’re watching because the players won’t want it at all. They will want to see their children in these situations.
“There are significant sacrifices and some things that obviously still have to be settled because that is what the players were talking about yesterday with their coaches.”
Raiders star Sam Williams said the BSB players had a lot of questions during Monday’s briefing.
“We asked” can we have a coffee “and even that sort of thing is pretty much off the cards,” he said.
COACHES FOR RABBIT PLAYERS AND RABBITS ARE CLEARED FROM COVID-19
South Sydney players Latrell Mitchell, Adam Reynolds and Liam Knight got rid of the coronavirus after being sent home from Rabbitohs headquarters.
The three players were dismissed from the first day at Redfern Oval on Monday, but the club authorized the players on Monday evening.
Media reports said this evening (Monday) that three Rabbitohs players were tested for COVID-19 (coronavirus) following the presentation of mild symptoms this morning, “the statement said.
“The results showed that all players were cleared of COVID-19 infection.
“The Rabbitohs take the NRL health protocols very seriously, which is why these three players were sent for tests today.”
Meanwhile, Roosters coach Trent Robinson was also shut out after undergoing a coronavirus test on Monday.
“NRL has been advised that Trent Robinson has been released from COVID-19,” Danny Weidler tweeted. “Isolated himself and a doctor’s visit after waking up with a sore throat yesterday.”
LNR FINANCIAL DIRECTOR FOLLOWS GREENBERG AT THE DOOR
NRL chief financial officer Tony Crawford has suffered the same fate as former boss Todd Greenberg.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Crawford left the NRL headquarters in Moore Park on Friday and will not be returning.
Crawford has overpowered the clubs’ heat for the precarious financial situation of the game, which was revealed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The NRL was forced to contract a $ 250 million loan from British financiers to weather the crisis and prepare for the May 28 restart date.
Crawford had an estimated annual salary of around $ 800,000.
Although the NRL made a profit of 30 million dollars last year, Crawford was criticized by the club’s powerbrokers for its allocation of funds.
The Daily Telegraph recently revealed that Greenberg had been sacked the day commission chairman Peter V’landys received an email from a club CEO about the lack of communication with Crawford and the CEO, now gone.
It is understood that other senior executives face an uncertain future in a flash cost-cutting campaign led by V’landys.