General Super League Wars

bruce

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not during superleague/ARL war days... remember we paid Matthew Ridge $800k a season nearly 20 years ago...

a top half would have been getting decent money in the mid-late 90s.
The stories were mind boggling. I remember when the Warriors were having a rough run and Ridge said he wasn't enjoying the games. Somebody radio jock said that on his money he should be!!
 
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mt.wellington

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not during superleague/ARL war days... remember we paid Matthew Ridge $800k a season nearly 20 years ago...

a top half would have been getting decent money in the mid-late 90s.
Marquee players like Laurie Daley were rumoured to be on a million plus. In 1997!

Funnily enough the Warriors players all signed for a steal. Awen Guttenbeil as part of the Manly team was signed to Super League for more money than Stacey Jones received...
 
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Marquee players like Laurie Daley were rumoured to be on a million plus. In 1997!

Funnily enough the Warriors players all signed for a steal. Awen Guttenbeil as part of the Manly team was signed to Super League for more money than Stacey Jones received...

Manly stayed in the ARL, but they were in the price war, that's why guys like McCraken swaped from SL to ARL.
 
The Super League days were totally nuts. Money was flying around like confetti.
Some players were getting sign on fees for as much as an elite player contract now.
As an example, Paul Harragon (reportedly) received $600,000, just as a sign on fee, basically to guarantee his loyalty to the ARL. Plus his $350,000 playing contract. Not a bad year for the chief!
And it was the same on the Super League side.
Crazy money.
I'll never forget that period.
Shit got very dirty and the game was on its knees for a time there.
A lot of people ditched rugby league forever. I know quite a few that did.
The fact it even recovered shows how resilient this game of ours and its fans are.
 
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mt.wellington

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Manly stayed in the ARL, but they were in the price war, that's why guys like McCraken swaped from SL to ARL.
And thats why Awens ass was kicked to the kerb by Manly. Cant blame the guy. Young man being thrown crazy money and he hadnt even played a game of first grade...
 

bruce

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As an example, Paul Harragon (reportedly) received $600,000, just as a sign on fee, basically to guarantee his loyalty to the ARL. Plus his $350,000 playing contract.
Harragon was the tipping point for the ARL, he kept Newcastle in the ARL and that made the difference. Bloody disgraceful time. Brisbane were right to take on the NSWRL for doing deals with Packer, but to side with Murdoch was always going to be a recipe for disaster.
 
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Harragon was the tipping point for the ARL, he kept Newcastle in the ARL and that made the difference. Bloody disgraceful time. Brisbane were right to take on the NSWRL for doing deals with Packer, but to side with Murdoch was always going to be a recipe for disaster.
Very true. The bus trip to Sydney that saved the ARL. haha
Well chief certainly got his thank you didn't he.
Not getting the Knights was a huge blow to Super Leagues plan. I mean, Hunter Mariners? Please..
 
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mt.wellington

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Harragon was the tipping point for the ARL, he kept Newcastle in the ARL and that made the difference. Bloody disgraceful time. Brisbane were right to take on the NSWRL for doing deals with Packer, but to side with Murdoch was always going to be a recipe for disaster.
Should I start a Super League Wars thread?

IMO the game should have gone with Murdoch. The old establishment were too dyed in the wool to accept change but Murdoch was the best opportunity the game had at going truly global. Traditionalists will baulk no doubt but the game was best served following News Corp...
 

Jordan G

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As much as Super League is a dirty word in league circles, I'm still convinced they had the theory right in regards to moving the game forward.

The execution though was horrible, and it backfired badly when they couldn't force people to do what they wanted.
 

bruce

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Should I start a Super League Wars thread?
Up to you, many old wounds there.
IMO the game should have gone with Murdoch.
That money grubbing dick. John Ribot was disgusted because the Packers were cosy with the NSWRL and were costing the game revenue, I guess the only guy he could go with to take Packer on was Murdoch, trouble is Murdoch was just the wrong guy as events proved.
 
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matiunz

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Superleague had the right idea but wrong execution, liked the idea of expansion teams in Adelaide and Melbourne, and although it failed miserably I liked the idea of the full world club challenge.
If Super League had won we would still have a team in Perth and Adelaide and I'd say NZ 2 would have happened by now- instead we have the Sydney centric comp we have now
 

mt.wellington

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although it failed miserably I liked the idea of the full world club challenge.
If the books are to be believed it was the patheticness of the English teams that was the real death knell for the Super League comp. No one in the UK was going to buy into a comp where the Aussie teams could come over, get pissed, paint the town red and still beat the poms with ease. Shits still happening nowadays with the WCC...
 
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Jordan G

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If Super League had won we would still have a team in Perth and Adelaide and I'd say NZ 2 would have happened by now- instead we have the Sydney centric comp we have now

Plus a boogeyman like fear from a lot of those clubs in regards to expansion that continues to hold the game back.
 
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Any good Doco's out there on this guys? I'm too young for any of that stuff, sounds like a defining time for Rugby League.. Not much is really talked about these days, is there a taboo around it?