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Moz to Leeds...I don't think so!
Posted by southstander on August 10 2005 - 08:04:47

With the Roosters looking likely to miss the NRL play-offs, rumours about that Adrian Morley has been given their blessing to join a Superleague side for the last few games of the season, to maintain his match fitness ahead of the tri-nations.

Initial rumours linked the SouthStand idol with a short-term move to the Bulls, but whilst they have confirmed an interest, the deal is apparently far from done.

Would we want the big man back for the play-offs?

There is no doubting that Moz would be a fantastic asset to any side, either in the second row, or at prop. It would delight the SouthStand faithful to see Adrian back in the Blue & Amber helping us to win another Superleague Grand Final, but at what cost?

Rumours are that Andrew Johns is going to be turning out for anything from £8k to £15k per game for the Wolves, and Adrian would no doubt expect similar. In a Rhinos shirt, Mozza would need to add 1,000 people to a home game to make it financially worthwhile, and he'd certainly do that.

The big concern would be the effect on the current side, a close knit team who play their hearts out for one another. The arrival of Morley would bolster confidence, but the pay-per-game salary would bust the Rhinos wage structure (Moz would earn more for four games than some regular first teamers do in a season), and someone would miss out for the crucial games at the business end of the season.

With McDermott, Bailey, Ward, JJB, Poching, Scruton, McKenna and Lauitit'iti all vying for six/seven positions, who would drop out for Morley to take his place in the starting line-up?

While I'd hate to see Mozza in a Bulls shirt, I can't see why, or how, we'd accommodate him at Headingley. I think that his introduction into a side at this late stage in the season will be as unsettling as it would be beneficial. Smith and Hetherington will know best, and I'd guess that they would not be entertaining any thought of a short-term loan.

But...if Moz was to be available on a two/three year contract, I'd hope that we were at the front of the queue with the big fat cheque book open and pen poised.



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