Brad Arthur deserves to be right royally pissed off with the way all this has played out. Between the players showing him no loyalty and the club having no idea how to negotiate a new deal, Arthur has been sold short. Despite the criticism he receives here, Arthur and the Eels systems have developed some top class players, as evidenced by the big money being offered to poach our players. By all reports, the money difference wasn't huge and yet they keep going. Niukore I get wanted to return to NZ but the other 2 are weak as piss not showing the same loyalty that Arthur shows his players. I beleive it's not about Arthur or our coaching as we are definetely making most players at our club better players. That leaves the club/board/R&R team as the problem. The fact that deals were not done much earlier in the year is unforgivable. The club has stated it couldn't have done any more, and at this stage I agree with them. The problem is, these deals should have been done by June at the latest. Did the club not realise how good Mahony and Papa were at that point? Or did they think, if we wait long enough, they'll start playing shit and we can get them for a bargain? The great Jack gibson always said winning starts in the front office. Well, with the team we have running things, there is certainly no need to hold our breath waiting for the next premiership. It may well be another 30 odd years away.
Arthur is doing his job and doing it well. He deserves more support from the club and the players.