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Off-season dramas . . .
One Sydney NRL club got more than it bargained for during pre-season training.
The club took its players up to the NSW north coast for a training camp recently and it was there that things went horribly wrong.
Let off the leash after a hard day’s training, the players headed to the local watering hole – as players do.
But as the night wore on, angry words were exchanged and I’m hearing there were even a few blows traded by the young players in the group.
It’s left a sour taste in the mouths of both players and officials – and we may still not have heard the last of it.
Officials are trying to mend fences but coming just before the holiday break, several players are stewing and the incident is still festering.
Glenn eyes homecoming
The Warriors kept their wallet in their back pockets this off-season, signing just one player – the controversial Kieran Foran – and there is still no guarantee he will be there in 2017.
But the club is preparing for a clean-out for 2018 and have identified Brisbane back-rower Alex Glenn as their number one target.
Glenn is an Auckland boy and with the Broncos having a host of players coming off contract, they could struggle to keep him.
Manly put faith in Api
With Matt Ballin and now Matt Parcell gone, hooker Apisai Koroisau shapes as a key man for Manly in 2017.
Koroisau has had a tough life off the field, with a previous relationship off the field ending in tragedy in 2015, affecting his football.
But Koroisau has found a new partner, who will give birth to their first child next month, and my Manly spies tell he he is happy again and ready for a bumper season.
Bulls in trouble
Former NZRL chairman Andrew Chalmers has failed with a bid to buy troubled English outfit Bradford Bulls.
Players of the English Championship club – coached by Brian Smith’s son, Rohan – were reportedly not paid last month as they wait for a buyer to rescue them from administration.