‘Looks like club debt’: Warriors criticized Lodge’s $700k handshake

The Warriors have come under fire for their decision to pay out Matt Lodge in full in the amount of $700,000, which will remain on their minds for the next 18 months while he plays elsewhere.

Lodge was reportedly fired from the last year and a half of his contract for not wanting to live in New Zealand, but the NRL 360 panel questioned why the Warriors chose to pay him in full and put their own salary cap to the end. damage from 2023.

“This story is bizarre and I can’t understand it and I’d like someone to explain it to me, but Matt Lodge got a release from the Warriors but paid out in full for the rest of this season and the rest.” next year,” Braith Anasta said on NRL 360.

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“It doesn’t suit me. What happened here?”

Phil Rothfield believes the Warriors fans deserve to know why Lodge was paid in full to effectively let the club down.

“I’ve been following this story all day and it remains a $700,000 question mark,” Rothfield said.

‘It was as big as his golden handshake. If a footballer walks into his employer or another employer and says ‘I’ve had enough and for personal reasons I don’t want to move my family to New Zealand, say ok, that’s the end of the contract.

“But for some reason, the Warriors CEO Cameron George won’t explain it to me. I texted him. I called him. He hides behind confidentiality clauses.

“But there are a lot of fans in New Zealand who want to know why he got $700,000. It ruins their cap for the rest of this year and next.”

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Matt Lodge got a huge payout that counts on the Warriors salary cap until 2023.Source: Delivered

Paul Kent appealed to the NRL Integrity Unit to investigate why he was allowed to leave with such a huge sum of money if the club and Lodge had done nothing wrong.

“It’s on their cap, whether he’s there or not,” Kent said.

“Second that you should ask, the fact that the payout is in Lodge’s favor suggests that Lodge has done nothing wrong.

“But the fact that the club won’t give any details as to why they chose to release him immediately and pay him, I think the NRL Integrity Unit should at least look into it.”

Rothfield revealed that the NRL is investigating the details of Lodge’s release.

“I spoke to Andrew Abdo today and he has spoken to the auditors of the NRL salary cap and they are going to look into it,” Rothfield said.

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“Buzz, it’s not just salary cap auditors, something has happened,” Kent intervened.

“Something happened here that caused a rift.

“Lodge said he didn’t want to go back to New Zealand. That’s what his public comment has been.

“But you don’t say that and they say, OK, we’ll just pay you $700,000. Something has happened that makes the Warriors feel obligated to release him and pay him.”

Anasta wondered why a player who chooses to leave a club before his contract expires is entitled to such a large share of his remaining contract.

“If a player goes in and asks for release and it’s on their terms because they don’t want to go to New Zealand, they don’t get 95 percent of the payout or close to 100 percent,” Anasta said.

“You don’t even come close.”

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Rothfield explained that clubs normally try to sell the player to another club to take part of his salary so it doesn’t get left on their cap.

“If they try to transfer him to another club, they will contribute part of that salary to a new club,” Rothfield said.

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“The lodge is not there. Nathan Brown is desperate. They won one out of five. They are desperate for victories.

“I think the Warriors are confident they are here in Redcliffe and their fans are back home in New Zealand, so the outrage won’t be as bad as it could have been.

“But those fans, those members, those sponsors deserve an explanation. $700,000.”

Kent agreed that the Warriors should have tried to get another club to take part of the $700,000 so that it didn’t end there.

“They need it from a football point of view to know why $700,000 won’t be in their minds next year because the club has chosen to let a player go,” said Kent.

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“They didn’t even take him to the market and tried to sell him to someone who collected part of the payment. They released him immediately.”

Brent Read pointed out that clubs will now be lining up for Lodge as he was in great shape and being paid in full not to play for the Warriors.

“He has been one of their best players and for any club he is now an amazingly attractive proposition as the Warriors have thrown in most of his money this year and most of his money next year,” Read said.

“You get it dirt cheap.”

“Give him a pack of cookies and you’ll get him,” Kent joked.

Anasta wondered why players like Lodge are signing to the Warriors with no intention of ever living in the country where they are based.

“Why would he sign for the Warriors if he didn’t want to live in New Zealand,” Anasta wondered.

“If you sign a contract with the Warriors and we’ve heard it with other players, you should expect to live in New Zealand at some point.”

“He signed during Covid when the Warriors were based in Queensland and second, he was pushed out the door at the Broncos,” Kent replied.

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“There’s every chance that was basically the only lifeline for him, so he took it.

“Whether there are other clubs I don’t know, but basically give him a pack of cookies and you’ll get him now because he’s actually getting paid $700,000 by the Warriors.”

However, the family apology doesn’t fit with Anasta, as the NRL is a professional environment for coaches and players to interact with.

“There are a lot of players with kids in our game and young families and that’s all part of it,” said Anasta.

“You make good money. It’s New Zealand. It’s not Europe.

“Lucky him (for getting the payout). He won the Lotto.”

Kent was quick to emphasize that Lodge has done nothing wrong, but the Warriors fans and the NRL deserve to know the reasons for the unusual terms of his release.

“Let’s be clear here, Lodge didn’t do anything wrong,” Kent said.

“There is no suggestion that he has done anything wrong, but you still have to ask yourself why the club or what the club fears about letting him go and still wearing his salary on their cap. “They paid it in full and to letting him go straight to the market where every other team already knows he will get a full payout from the Warriors.

“It doesn’t make sense. And it looks like something happened at the club instead of Lodge.

“It looks like club debt money and the Integrity Unit should look into it.”

“Obviously if Lodge had a problem they wouldn’t have paid him,” Read said.

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