Phil Gould has dismissed hypothesis of Ben Hunt returning to the Brisbane Broncos, saying that the mid-season transfer was by no means an possibility.
The Dragons on Monday met with Hunt and for the second time blocked his request to depart the membership, with each events agreeing to reassess later within the yr, leaving a string of reviews that the Origin star would go away the membership instantly extensive of the mark.
Within the lead as much as Hunt’s assembly with the Dragons, the utility had been closely linked with a mid-season swap to the Broncos to try to win a premiership together with his previous membership. It was reported that he would then signal a multi-year cope with the Titans.
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Gould stated the Broncos leg of that deal was by no means going to occur and that the story had snowballed with out factual foundation.
“There have been a number of deceptive reviews round Ben Hunt. He has made a request, a really public request, it has been denied… the membership needs to carry him to his contract. I believe that is the place it settles in the mean time,” Gould stated on 9’s 100% Footy on Monday.
“I do not assume there was any conversations between his administration or Ben Hunt concerning the Broncos. I do not assume Ben Hunt ever supplied compensation to pay his means out of his contract… Individuals run off with their mouths with some of these issues.”
Gould added that the Dragons had nothing to achieve from letting Hunt stroll instantly and stated the membership’s incoming coach Shane Flanagan could be eager to dealer a swap cope with Hunt’s potential suitors reasonably than simply letting him stroll.
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“There isn’t any means (Flanagan) would let him go for any monetary compensation or to simply let him stroll out of his contract until no matter membership wished Ben Hunt, he could be saying I need Tom and Invoice, and also you get Ben Hunt, and he would get two gamers out of it,” Gould stated.
“That is how he operates.”
Gould’s feedback got here after Dragons CEO Ryan Webb, membership chairman Andrew Lancaster and Flanagan met with Hunt on Monday morning.
Talking on 100% Footy, 9’s Michael Chammas revealed that Hunt had walked into that assembly with the clear concept that he would stick with the Dragons for the remainder of the season however wished to be given a launch to depart within the low season.
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“I’ve been informed… his intention is not to depart the membership mid-season. He does not need to stroll away from his teammates, however for the discharge on the finish of the season, he needs to maneuver on from the membership,” Chammas stated.
“The Dragons really feel a disconnect between what Ben Hunt is saying and what his administration is saying… They need time to show to Ben Hunt that the membership shouldn’t be a basket case. They need time [for] Shane Flanagan to indicate him this street map out of the present predicament they discover themselves in.
“I believe they’ve agreed to revisit this within the low season, and if Ben Hunt nonetheless feels the identical means on the finish of the season the Dragons may have a chat with him and attempt to work out an answer then.”
Paul Gallen stated there was little hope of the 2016 premiership coach speaking Hunt into staying.
“I do not know whether or not Flanagan will have the ability to discuss him round it, I hope he can for Flanagan’s sake,” Gallen stated.
“He is been nice individually as a participant… I am going to by no means take that away from him. He has been incredible, however there hasn’t been rather a lot else that is include it.
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“…If I used to be the Dragons, I might be ensuring they get a win out of it. Whether or not it is financially, or whether or not they choose up one other participant or two. Nevertheless it’ll work, the Dragons should get a win out of this. Shane Flanagan must get a win out of this.
“Gamers are properly inside their rights to not transfer. I have been with the Sharks the place they’ve informed gamers to maneuver on and the participant’s stated ‘No, we’re not going, I’ve a contract right here.
“If the Dragons do not need to launch him, they do not should launch him.
“The very fact is, you possibly can’t simply launch him and anticipate to have $800,000 to $900,000 again within the cap and go spend it on another person. The very fact is there are simply not high quality halfbacks, or for that truth, high quality gamers in the mean time, to go and spend that cash on.”
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