Paul Gallen has dropped a fact bomb on Kalyn Ponga after Phil Gould shredded the media for turning the contract negotiations of the Knights phenom right into a “circus”.
Gould on Monday night time launched a scathing assault on the media amid the tug-of-war between the Knights and Dolphins for Ponga’s signature, slamming the thirst of journalists to have solutions instantly as an alternative of patiently ready for the Newcastle co-captain to determine on his personal phrases.
“I’d say ignore the media and simply get on with your individual negotiations and your individual enterprise,” Gould mentioned on 9’s 100% Footy.
“The one circus round right here has been created by the media.”
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Ponga is tossing up whether or not to set off an possibility in his favour to stay at Newcastle for the following two years or shun the Knights and be a part of the Dolphins.
Media protection of Ponga’s contract talks have grown extra intense by the week – and Gallen does not see a difficulty with it.
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“That is half and parcel of the sport. That is what you do. If you signal big-money contracts and you are a high-profile participant, you appeal to consideration and also you appeal to media consideration,” Gallen mentioned on 2GB’s Vast World of Sports activities radio.
“On the finish of the day, the media are those that just about pay these blokes’ payments. If it wasn’t a sport so coated by the media and folks weren’t so , they would not receives a commission the cash they receives a commission.
“He signed a contract like that, he selected to have a contract like that, (so) he is obtained to cope with the results.”
Gould’s pointed recommendation to Ponga amid contract chaos
Ponga has repeatedly identified the function of his supervisor in a bid to divert consideration away from himself, however Gallen warned the Queensland State of Origin fullback towards it.
“Kalyn is the boss and he has to make the choice and that is what a number of gamers (say): ‘my administration is taking care of me, my supervisor is taking care of me’. That is what they are saying. Lots of people say it,” Gallen mentioned.
“However you recognize what? On the finish of the day it displays on you. You are the particular person signing the contract, you are the one operating out on the sector. It displays on you.”
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