As the fallout from the Sonny Bill Williams walk out affair continues; it seems the magnitude of the situation is starting to open up old Super League War wounds as the NRL and Rugby League heavy weights struggle to comprehend whats gone on with the Bulldogs and SBW.
While it’s widely known that the News Limited and Daily Telegraph camp do not like Phil Gould and regularly take pot shots at the Channel 9 and Fairfax commentator in their Rugby League columns, it seems that in this instance their targeting of Gould over his heated debate with David Gallop could be on the mark.
David Gallop and Phil Gould spoke on air during Triple M Radios coverage of Monday Night Football earlier this week and the discussion around Sonny Bill Williams developed into a slanging match between Gould and Gallop, with the NRL Chief Executive having to ask permission to speak several times as Phil Gould spoke over the top of him.
The bad blood between Gould and Gallop dates back to the Super League War with both men key players in the ARL and News Limited Camps.
As the debate rages over Sonny Bill Williams quitting without notice and in the middle of a binding contract with the Bulldogs; the likes of Gould and others have pointed to the fact that many contracts were treated with little respect during the Super League War and this latest case involving Sonny Bill Williams could have been prevented if the NRL had been more proactive in ensuring players were happy and contracts were more precisely constructed.
While the focus on the sanctity of the contract is ‘key’ in the Sonny Bill Williams case; it’s extremely important that the likes of David Gallop, Phil Gould and the whole range of NRL and Rugby League heavyweights bind together and show unity in this crucial period for the game. The target here is Sonny Bill Williams, forget dragging out the Super League talk or playing the News Limited vs ARL card.
Regardless of his reasons, Sonny Bill Williams has illegally and wrongfully walked out on a binding agreement with his club and his competition.
So Phil, David and the rest of the Rugby League front-liners take notice;Â forget old wounds – lets put that aside for now while we deal with a crucial cross-road of the NRL’s future.
If Sonny Bill Williams is allowed to get off scott free, then we ultimately face the disintegration of the game we know and love.
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