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Inny’s gamble backfires


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 8 Jan 2018 at 18:13
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In a story that’s busy developing (via non-official sources), it appears Sharks flyhallf Inny Radebe might just have shot himself properly in the foot.

I mentioned late last week that I’d heard rumour Inny was on his way to the Lions. This was a blow for the Sharks, but perhaps not completely unexpected given the signing of Robert du Preez and that Radebe had failed to really establish himself as a reliable option for the Sharks during yet another injury-disrupted Currie Cup campaign. A move to the Lions, where Inny’s free-wheeling game could develop and flourish under Swys de Bruin could well have been just the tonic for the player. It turns out today that it was Radebe himself who engineered the move, requesting an early exit from a Sharks contract that was due to run until the end of 2018.

For the Sharks, understandably keen to cut down on a bloated wage bill, this must have seemed like manna from heaven. The release was duly granted – back in December, according to Craig Lewis of SA Rugby Magazine, who extracted that information from the Sharks earlier today.

Unfortunately for Inny, though, it seems that any Lions contract would be subject to a medical exam and if Rugby365′s info is to be believed, the player’s chronic knee has proved problematic for the Lions. The 23-year old is understood to have failed that medical and is now in no man’s land, having walked out of his Sharks deal without first securing the Lions gig. An amateur error, really and once again you have to question the quality of advice and representation here.

Either Inny is acting on his own here (very foolish) or his representation is nothing other than criminally negligent. Radebe is managed by Livingstone Management Group.



34 Comments

  • this pisses me off a lot.

    Not because I wanted the Sharks to waste money on a player with chronic injuries, but simply because I wanted all parties to work together to find a way forward for this kid. Inny is wickedly skilful and surely there must be a use for him – even if it’s turning him into a skills coach for the juniors while he recovers or seeks further medical advice.

    Now he’s just one more (black) player who’s fallen through the cracks.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.01.18 18:20:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • I feel for him, his really good, criticised unnecessarily for poor performances at fullback when his a bloody good fh, hope he finds a team. he should really have discussed it with the sharks and ten gotten a pre-contract agreement with lions that didn’t require a fitness test.

    his too good not to be playing somewhere

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.01.18 18:38:49 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • Hopefully the Lions will pull him into their Wits/UJ programme and work on his recovery.

    Problem is, sometimes players recover and become a valuable player, like Mapoe, but it could just as easily be like Stokkies Hanekom

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.01.18 18:45:35 by Baylion Reply

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  • #faceplant
    Shame men…I really feel for the guy…
    Good luck, Inny. I hope this story has a happy ending…

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.01.18 19:06:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Rugby is littered with young men ruining themselves like this. A young man in his twenties is to young to manage himself. Sounds like the old goat in me talking but I also made some stupid moves like this being young hot headed and ignorant.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.01.18 20:21:45 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Wonder if there’s a chance of him joining the Sevens Academy?

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.01.18 21:32:28 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 6) : He’s too slow for sevens in my opinion.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.01.18 07:48:43 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : You want to cop a ban, Mister?

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.01.18 07:56:31 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 8) : :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.01.18 07:57:19 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : This.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.01.18 09:28:17 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 8) : Steady young Skywalker… :)

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.01.18 09:42:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sounds to me like he thought that he was in better shape than he is medically.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.01.18 10:17:40 by Bump Reply

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  • You must be pretty crazy to walk out on a contract without a solid offer on the table from someone else. Someone screwed up badly with the management of Inny here. Might be he himself, more possibly his agent.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.01.18 11:05:48 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • This really sucks. We all know he has more potential than what we have seen so far. He is still young and could have added some value for us, but this is just inexcusable if it was his agent that failed him like this

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.01.18 13:21:42 by HeinF Reply

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  • Sport24 paint a picture where the Sharks released him from his contract and the Lions threw him a lifeline.

    Personally I’ll trust Rob’s version.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.01.18 15:23:02 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 15) : Also just read that and thought; how ill advised can the media truly be. They are also under the impression that Ben10 is still in Durban, so Sharks are “well stocked” at flyhalf. What utter rubbish.

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.01.18 15:33:26 by boertjie101 Reply

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  • @Bump (Comment 12) : Also sounds like he did this without consulting his management. Sounds unlikely they would risk revenue in such a way without checking thinks out. He should have been patient and recovered on the sharks bill first.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.01.18 15:38:34 by coolfusion Reply

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  • I sincerely hope that RdP & co can back their lack of “transformation” up with some solid performances this year. If not, 2018 might well be RdP’s last season in charge of the Sharks should SARU get involved. Few things are as criminal as selecting players on merit in SA sport these days.

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.01.18 15:44:23 by boertjie101 Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 7) : not sure about his speed but think he has the other skills needed if he can stay fit.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.01.18 15:52:20 by JD Reply
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  • @boertjie101 (Comment 16) : even here on a well informed site it’s not clear if Ben10 is on loan to the Kings or is it a permanent move so can’t blame the media to much for that statement.

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.01.18 15:56:40 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : yeah – zero clarity regarding Benhard at present. I’m pretty sure it’s a loan move

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.01.18 15:59:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 15) : my version is definitely closer to the truth.

    The only thing I don’t know is just how culpable the Lions were in . “luring” Inny with false promises.

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.01.18 16:00:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : True, just pisses me off when the media makes a union out to be the bad guys. Even on their source’s website (rugby365) it says that the release was negotiated. Why would the Sharks extend his contract if they wanted to release him? Makes no sense.

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.01.18 16:10:42 by boertjie101 Reply

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  • @boertjie101 (Comment 23) : for sure! Just remember most of the media run on ratings and internet hits and the truth comes a distant second!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.01.18 17:07:29 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : really hope he was not lured with false promises and that the medical clearance was always required.

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.01.18 17:12:17 by JD Reply
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  • lots of people implying it could be a false promise. I just think lions offered a contract subject to a medical . inny thought he was fine and left the sharks but failed medical. it’s nobody’s fault really.

    I hope the guy recoveres and plays soon.but till then a good lesson for him and all the youngsters in rugby ????

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.01.18 21:42:20 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 26) : Losing your livelihood is a pretty crappy way to learn a lesson. If Inny did this without consulting his agent, then he has nobody to blame but himself. If his agent represented him in the negotiations with the Sharks and Lions, then he not only screwed over his client (Inny) but also hurt his own company as they will not receive any revenues from Inny since they lost his contract.

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.01.18 21:56:15 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 26) : Ja think he or his agent jumped the gun a bit when negotiating his release from the Sharks contract without first ensuring he passed all the conditions of the new contract.
    How is things down in Durbs?

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.01.18 22:27:46 by JD Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 27) : only so much an agent can do. if inny said his fine what’s the agent suppose to do but go forward with the deal.

    people lose they livelihoods everyday, he must be thankful his young enough to get back on track with minimum suffering . I get feeling sorry for him but I hope he doesn’t feel sorry for himself and just gets on with it! it will do wonders for his mental strength and drive to succeed .

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.01.18 22:30:37 by Poisy Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 28) : beautiful now that all the foreigners….I mean jhb people are leaving :mrgreen: hows the city of roses?;) I will come up in July so tell the Mrs I expect some traditional home style cooking :razz: and ofcoz I will bring the lovely rowaine with me and a sharks flasher if she yeilds and let’s me get a second wife or atleast hold auditions

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.01.18 22:35:25 by Poisy Reply
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  • Some people’s purpose in life is to serve as a lesson for others.

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.01.18 00:27:47 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 30) : great to hear. I’m a bit more north than Bloem but except for being extremely hot weather is nice.

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.01.18 20:35:55 by JD Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 30) : @JD (Comment 32) : as for the food will let her know to start practicing. Let me know when you’re in Middle Earth aso we can make a plan to have a beer.

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.01.18 21:11:16 by JD Reply
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  • I personally feel gutted for Inny. He obviously thought he was in with The Lions, and yep – it backfired indeed. He is a young man, I hope his career is not over, and hope that he can overcome his injuries – will be very sad to his career fall by the wayside, hopefully, a Union throws him a well-deserved lifeline.

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.01.18 11:24:00 by Richard Reply

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