Presently, the Lions are locked in a number of legal battles, not releasing players to play elsewhere after their contracts apparently have more loopholes than Holland’s dykes.
After Jaque Fourie got out of his because he was technically a “technical advisory” with no set salary, he was free to move to the Stormers.
Louis Ludik and Willem Alberts are presently in training in Durban – if reports are to be believed – even though they are still under contract to play for the Lions, apparently.
Lots of apparentlies, maybes and so on in this sorry mess.
It does raise a number of issues.
1. Why were proper contracts not in place?
2. Why are the Unions trying to cling on to players who obviously don’t want to be there?
3. Why are players not honouring long term contracts – if they were willing to sign them in the first place?
4. Why won’t the Lions just get over the time and huge costs and just release the players without resorting to, “The Sharks never sent us an official offer, so they can’t have them..”
Grow up guys, this is not a sandpit fight between 4 year-olds and you can’t go running to mommy to “tell on”.
The Lions stuck with Fourie through numerous injuries and now he’s waving them goodbye, apparently with some ill-will. Where does the blame lie and what is the solution?
I put it squarely at the door of player agents. If they are to act as advisers, legal or otherwise, it should be their duty to protect the interests of their clients – before they take a healthy commission. How can anyone, reporting to represent the interests of a player, not follow through with a contract to make sure it is complete and every party is bound to a set of rules?
The solution. Ideally, get rid of these money-grabbing sycophants who live vicariously through their client, and are well reimbursed for poor service delivery. Ideally.
The other, more realistic way is to follow the route of football overseas where a transfer fee is paid if a player wants to move. Imagine the small unions who generally unearth most of the quality players and who would manage rather well by developing and selling off players.Tweet