Bennett calls for player trade review
Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has called for a review of the way contract negotiations are carried out, saying that the current system is "destabilising" to clubs.
In the past fortnight Trent Merrin has announced that he will be leaving the Dragons to join the Panthers in 2016, Daly Cherry-Evans revealed that he decided to join the Titans two days prior to the Sea Eagles' Round 1 game against the Eels, while Manly fans are still waiting to hear whether Kieran Foran will extend his stay at the club or head elsewhere.
It has prompted calls for a 'trade window' to be used in the NRL but Bennett said that whichever way the game addresses it, the current open slather approach shouldn't continue.
"It's not unheard of, it happens all the time now," Bennett said of the Cherry-Evans announcement last week.
"It's an embarrassment to the game for me personally. We're all in on it and we all do it unfortunately.
"I remember being in England 20-odd years ago and that was very prevalent over there and happened all the time and I thought in our game that didn't happen and I thought that was wonderful and that it would never happen in our game.
"I'm not advocating a particular [system] but you've only got to look across world sport to realise that most of them handle it a hell of a lot better than we do."
To lose Foran in the wake of Cherry-Evans's departure at the end of the season would be a crippling blow to Manly's prospects for the immediate future and Bennett said that the announcement of player movements so far in advance has a significant impact on clubs and their fans.
"It's pretty destabilising to a club I can tell you," he said.
"We put on a great mask and we all make out that we can handle it but it's not what you want. Secondly, the fans are the ones who are most disappointed because it's just done in such a manner.
"You can handle [the impact on individual players] okay, it's just all the speculation and talk that goes with it."