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Walker, Will He, Won't He?
Posted by southstander on May 24 2006 - 13:08:33

Will he, won't he

After the Headingley announcement yesterday that Chev Walkers future beyond the end of the Superleague XI season did not rest at Leeds, Walkers agent David Howes has hit back with a firm rebuttal.

The 'angry denial' by ex-Rhinos director Howes (not a name at the top of Gary Hetheringtons Christmas Card list) indicates that the Great Britain centres future away from Headingley is far from certain.

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I strongly suspect that David Howes is playing his usual agent games, the same games that ended up with Mark Calderwood leaving the club, by trying to 'up the ante' with bids from other clubs. Howes is a business man, and is in the industry solely to make profit, a distant position from his early roles in the Rugby Football League. Whilst trying to get the best deal for himself, and supposedly his clients, he appears to have once again tested the patience of his ex-co-director Hetherington.

In the Guardian, Howes is quoted as saying;

"We can confirm that a substantial offer has been made by Leeds and at the present time that has not been accepted. We are still in the process of putting together confirmed options to make a final decision."

What really disappoints in all this is that we are once again losing a player recognised as one of the best in the game due to shennigans between his agent and the club. If he's been made an substantial' offer, then why on earth hasn't he accepted it? This is a player that the Rhinos stuck by as a youngster when his fists overtook his brain, and who has shown no loyalty in return.

Walker has been 'off and on' for months with rumour after rumour linking him with Bath, Gold Coast, Saints and Wigan. These whole saga has shown the very worst of what happens when players who are more than capable of dealing with their own salary negotiations, hand over 10% to an agent, only to leave a sour taste in the mouth of the supporters and club.

Whether Walker will get a better deal than he has been offered by Leeds must be in some doubt, hence Howes' outburst.

Gary Hetherington, judging by yesterdays press release, has obviously burnt his bridges with Walker and Howes. There is no way back for the player with Leeds, without eating an entire humble pie, and Howes won't do that. Will players never learn? Why can't they see agents for what they really are, profiteers from the game that we all love.

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