Brad Fittler has added his voice to the talk over the present participant signing system, labelling it “ridiculous” and utilizing Matt Burton’s scenario as the proper instance.
Burton agreed to a two-year cope with the Bulldogs reportedly value $500,000 per season and can depart the Panthers on the finish of 2021.
In the meanwhile although he continues to ship at Penrith, starring final week within the halves earlier than placing in one other sturdy efficiency on Friday evening within the centres.
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Burton was discussed as a potential utility option on the bench for the New South Wales Blues earlier this year and is highly rated by Fittler.
Speaking on Wide World of Sports’ ‘Freddy and the Eighth’, Fittler stated Burton’s cope with the Bulldogs is a “nice instance” of how participant managers are the one ones to profit from the present system.
“Gamers signing a 12 months out, I discover totally ridiculous,” he stated.
“Apart from serving a supervisor effectively, I feel it’s ridiculous. I simply can’t see any profit for anybody.
“It doesn’t assist followers, it doesn’t assist golf equipment, it would assist managers, it doesn’t actually assist gamers that a lot.”
Take Burton for example, who was topic to a really public tug of battle between each the Panthers and Bulldogs after his 2022 transfer was finalised.
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Canterbury’s main sponsor and pub baron Arthur Laundy accused the Panthers of selfishness by refusing to let Burton depart early.
It got here because the Bulldogs pushed for a swap cope with Penrith together with entrance rower Dylan Napa.
“If Matt was going to play first grade all season then I may completely perceive why the Panthers need to retain him,” Laundy informed foxsports.com.au on the time.
“But when he’s solely going to be a back-up participant and get a chance right here and there effectively that’s a special story.”
Panthers boss Brian Fletcher later hit again, claiming in an interview with the Sydney Morning Heraldthat releasing Burton early “would have been the worst transfer for his profession”.
Having solely confirmed himself much more since that drama, Fittler believes Burton ended up promoting himself quick by agreeing to phrases early.
“It is a nice instance the place he’s halved his cash,” he added.
“[Gus] will take care of him as a result of he’s going to be the marquee participant.
“He’s undercut himself. I feel the entire system must be shook up. It’s ridiculous you possibly can signal a 12 months out and play, I simply can’t see it benefiting anybody.”
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The Bulldogs had been good to make an early transfer to keep away from any additional competitors for Burton’s signature.
Gould although said earlier in the week he’ll be certain to take care of the Panthers five-eighth.
“What I’ll say is that I’ve by no means ever, ever in my life had a participant underpaid at any membership I’ve been at. ” he stated on ‘100% Footy’.
“They’ve by no means been underpaid, whether or not they’re on contract or not. Matt Burton has a brilliant profession forward of him and cash would be the least of his issues going ahead.”