Powered by Huaxinzl!

July, 2018

Sales begin at new west Belconnen community, Ginninderry

Construction starts on new west Belconnen community, Ginninderry???Ginninderry named Canberra’s first six-star Green Star community
Nanjing Night Net

Sales begin at west Belconnen’s Ginninderry on Saturday with more than 100 properties hitting the market.

The first release in the new suburb of Strathnairn will include 57 blocks of land, 17 “flexi-living” homes and a range of house and land packages.

House and land packages will be available over the counter, while blocks and flexi-living homes will be sold via a draw.

Project director Steve Harding said the draw would be similar to the ballot process widely used for greenfield sites in Gungahlin’s new suburbs, however individual appointments would replace block selection days.

Mr Harding said he expected a strong demand for all product types and about 1700 people had registered their interest online.

Most single dwelling blocks are about 300 to 550 square metres and will range from around $230,000 to $360,000.

The flexi-living homes are compact, separate-title townhouse-style properties.

The two and three-bedroom homes range from $365,000 to $489,000 and are subject to means testing.

“[Buyers must have] a household income of $120,000 or less,” Mr Harding said.

“They also have to declare their intention to stay in the home for a period of three years. It’s about trying to make sure the properties are going to low to moderate income sectors and not investors.”

Mr Harding said the architect-designed homes would also meet the demand for compact, quality living.

About 10 house and land packages will be available for purchase on Saturday and about 20 more will be released throughout April. They will range from 450 to 500 square metres.

A development application has been lodged for the suburb’s first 356 homes.

Mr Harding said he expected further properties would be released to market between June and August.

Pending DA approval, construction of the properties will begin in July and the first residents will move in at the end of 2018.

Ginninderry will have four suburbs, three in the ACT and one in NSW, subject to rezoning approval.

It will comprise 11,500 homes to be built over the next 30 to 40 years.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

The worst Melbourne suburbs to live in at peak hour

Eastern Freeway is Melbourne’s slowestMelbourne’s worst pedestrian problem spotsInner-east residents shrug off train overcrowding
Nanjing Night Net

With record-breaking population growth, peak “hour” time in Melbourne is becoming longer and more painful practically every day.

With severe traffic congestion, slow or non-existent public transport, dangerous walking routes and frustrating noise issues, Melbourne’s suburbs can become almost unlivable during the busy times in the morning and evening.

The worst impacted suburbs are mostly located near the most congested roads in the state, with the majority in the north.

These are the Melbourne suburbs that are the worst to live in during those painful peak hours. Richmond

Nestled along what is commonly regarded to be the worst road in Victoria, Richmond and the neighbouring Hoddle Street becomes a sea of traffic congestion during peak times.

Congestion on Hoddle Street Photo: Josh Robenstone

Hoddle Street is a nightmare at the best of times, but during peak hours the long arterial is bumper to bumper, with the Richmond section faring the worst. Cars are allowed to park in the far lanes and there’s no bus lane on the northbound side, making the public transport options no faster than the cars, which travel at as slow as 8 km/h.

The suburb is also risky for pedestrians, with Church Street identified as one of the more dangerous areas to cross the road. Camberwell

Once you finally reach your home suburb, expect to be travelling nearly 80 per cent slower during peak times than you would normally. The suburb’s main thoroughfare, Burke Road, is a “redspot” according to the RACV, and the worst road in the entire country for traffic delays, according to AustRoads.

Traffic congestion on Burke Road, near Camberwell Junction. Photo: Chris Hopkins

The clogged artery comes to a head when six different roads come together in a dangerous intersection, with pedestrians usually inconvenienced by cars blocking their way, forcing them to dangerously weave through traffic.

A nearby intersection in the suburb has also been identified by Victoria Walks as one of the most dangerous in the state. Glen Huntly

Located 11km south-east from the CBD, far away from the north’s congested streets, you wouldn’t necessarily think of Glen Huntly as a pain point during peak times.

Waiting, waiting: The level crossing at Glen Huntly Station is causing angst among motorists. Photo: Paul Jeffers

And perhaps it wouldn’t be, if not for the much maligned level crossing just next to Glen Huntly station. It’s commonly regarded as one of the worst level crossings that the Victorian government is yet to commit to remove.

The boom gates are estimated to be down for more than 80 per cent of the morning and evening peak times within seven years. With little other options, this leads to huge congestion for cars, trams and pedestrians, and lots of frustration for local residents. Skye

While most of the inner city’s peak hour issues revolve around peak hour congestion and delays on public transport, the problem for this suburb 38km from the CBD is a lack of public transport entirely.

With large housing developments in the area in the last few years, population in the area has skyrocketed, but with few other options, most have had to turn to their cars. Come peak hour, the main roundabout comes to a standstill, and is ranked as the fourth worst redspot in the state by the RACV.

Works are currently underway to replace the roundabout with traffic lights, so in the short-term things are even worse. It’s part of the reason why the suburb has been named the least liveable in the state. Heidelberg

Nearly 2000 trucks pass through Heidelberg’s Rosanna Road every day on their way between the Eastern Freeway and Metropolitan Ring Road.

Rosanna Road, Heidelberg, resembles a car park come peak hour. Photo: Supplied

The suburb, 12km north-east of the CBD, cops the brunt of the noise and congestion caused by the trucks, which is worst during peak hours in the morning and evening.

A VicRoads safety assessment of the notorious road found it is a “high-crash location”, with 75 crashes on the street over the past five years leading to 15 serious injuries. Brunswick

Brunswick’s peak hour issues stem mostly from Sydney Road, which comes to a stand still every morning and evening. A VicRoads report found traffic to move at an average of 17km/hour in peak mornings and just 14km/hour in the evening.

The trams on the road aren’t given any priority so public transport users don’t fare much better, and suffer from severe over-crowding during peak times.

Traffic in Sydney Road, Brunswick. Photo: Paul Jeffers

The street is also the state’s worst tow-away zone, with about five cars removed every weekday.

If you thought it’d be easier to get home by buying a bike, you might want to think again, with Sydney Road found to be the most dangerous stretch for cyclists. Without a separate bike lane and with lots of street parking, more than 200 crashes were recorded on the street between 2006 and 2015.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Does the arrival of video assisted referees signal death of the villain?

For the first time in a top division in world football, video replays will be used to make on-field decisions when Melbourne City host Adelaide United in the A-League on Friday night. But the innovation could come with an unintended side-effect: The death of the villain.
Nanjing Night Net

Coaches can’t wait for the new technology to come into play, believing it will cut out the type of howlers that can shorten careers. Nor can under-pressure referees, out of whose hands split-second calls will be taken, while administrators see the broadcast value.

But with a new era on the horizon, the question must be asked: Is greater accuracy provided by hindsight what the sport really wants?

Had the technology been in place, Diego Maradona’s infamous “hand of god” goal in 1986 would almost certainly never have stood. Croatia’s Josip Simunic would never have seen his third yellow card against Australia. England may not have won the 1966 World Cup. The flawed side of Rivaldo’s character would never have been on display in the 2002 World Cup group match against Turkey, and South Korea would almost certainly never have reached the semi-finals so spectacularly in that tournament.

Closer to home, the righteous indignation following a last-minute Fabio Grosso dive in Italy’s round of 16 win over the Socceroos at the 2006 World Cup became one of the defining moments of modern Australian football. Had video assistant referees been involved in that match, the outcome would have been very different – and not the way Australian fans are thinking. The game changed when Marco Materazzi was wrongly sent off for Italy minutes after half-time. Had video assistance been provided to referee Luis Medina Cantalejo, the harsh reality is Australia may well have been out of the reckoning well before Grosso felt compelled to dive over Lucas Neill in injury time.

Why is this relevant? For the majority of sports fans, the legacy of the controversy outweighed the reality justice would have provided.

Video will be used on Friday night to assist the on-field referee in goal decisions, penalty claims, direct red cards (not second yellow cards) and the rare cases of mistaken identity. The on-field referee will have the final decision with the video referees operating as an extension of the network of assistants. While its implementation promises more balance, it could signal the death of one angle of theatre: the role of the villains.

Fans don’t just love; they love to hate. Heroes might sell shirts, but villains sell drama, storylines, in turn tickets and broader interest.

Head of the A-League Greg O’Rourke hails the introduction of video and believes the drama will still exist, but in highlighting the benefits for the man in the middle he landed a blow to the pantomime villains.

“Since the dawn of Association Football, there have been controversial decisions and that will continue,” he said. “With the advent of broadcast technologies, referees have been the only individuals that have not been able to benefit from the use of video replay technology. That changes this week.”

Whether it’s Luis Suarez or Fernando Brandan, villains could soon find themselves muzzled. In time, we’ll know whether we’re happy with that.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Philippine President orders troops to live on islands in South China Sea

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered troops to live on up to 10 unoccupied islands and reefs in the South China Sea in a dramatic reversal of policy on the flashpoint waters.
Nanjing Night Net

Only six months after declaring his “separation” with the United States and “realignment” with China, Mr Duterte said the Philippines needs to assert its jurisdiction over areas it claims, a move likely to provoke rival claimants, including China.

“It looks like everybody else is making a grab for the islands there, so we better live on those that are vacant,” the President told reporters during a visit to a military camp on the western island of Palawan.

“I have ordered the armed forces to occupy all??? at least, let us get what is ours now and make a strong point there that it is ours.”

Since taking office last year Mr Duterte, a foul-mouthed former provincial mayor, has made growing ties with Beijing a priority despite the fact that China has been building military installations and runways on at least seven islands in disputed areas.

Armaments on the islands include surface-to-air missiles.

The Philippine armed forces already deploys troops on nine islands, including Thitu, which is also known as Pag-asa, the second biggest island in the South China Sea that is also claimed by China.

But Philippine defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters that Mr Duterte now wants his armed forces to build permanent facilities, including barracks, water desalination plants, sewage disposal systems, power generators, light houses and shelters for fishermen.

Mr Duterte said that on Philippine Independence Day in June he may go to Pag-asa island to raise the Philippine flag there.

The island is close to Subi Reef which China has occupied.

Mr Duterte had adopted a non-confrontational approach to China after securing billions of dollars worth of investments from Beijing during a visit there last October.

He has not pursued a ruling from an international tribunal in The Hague that China did not have historic rights in the South China Sea.

In September last year Mr Duterte’s national security adviser said he wanted to “demilitarise” the South China Sea to improve chances of a peaceful settlement among rival claimants, which also include Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.

Mr Duterte has often made conflicting statements on foreign policy since he was swept into power pledging to wipe out drug use and crime.

US President Donald Trump has so far taken a tough stance on China’s claims in the South China Sea, insisting it will defend international interest there.

Much of Australia’s trade passes through the area’s strategic waterways.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Locals in Brisbane’s wealthy suburbs shrug off public transport woes

Brisbane’s best suburbs for public transportWhere to buy in Brisbane this yearQueensland Rail train sent down wrong line
Nanjing Night Net

Public transport experts say Brisbane has several know public transport blackspots, but the buyers in those suburbs often don’t care.

Lobby group Rail Back on Track’s Robert Dow said the city’s public transport system was intentionally weaker in places perceived to be wealthier, because it was expected more residents owned cars.

“I think they said: These people are rich, they’ve got cars, why should we be giving them public transport,” he said.

Domain Group chief economist Andrew Wilson said Mr Dow wasn’t far off the mark.

“You could make the distinction that the higher the wealth the lower the reliance on public transport,” he said. “Mount Ommaney is a prime example of that.”

“It’s not the necessarily the case the public transport facilities have a price premium associated with them.”

Mr Dow identified seven suburbs with the worst access to public transport in the inner to middle ring of Brisbane. He said poor access to trains, low frequency and poorly structured bus networks were a common theme across all seven.

Having a train station in the suburb also didn’t mean it was well connected either. Mr Dow said a strong bus network and more parking at train stations was needed to improve the train network’s viability.

“Train frequency is pretty poor outside of the inner core,” he said. “It needs improved frequency and better feeder buses to key rail and bus stations.”

Mr Dow said the worst suburbs were Bulimba, Yeronga, Albany Creek, McDowall, Middle Park, Mount Ommaney, and Riverhills, in no particular order.

Based on a commute into the Brisbane city for work beginning at 8.30am, a trip from Yeronga was the shortest, taking commuters 38 minute to travel the almost six kilometres into town.

Next was Mount Ommaney at 45 minutes to travel almost 13 kilometres. Bulimba, the closest of the suburbs listed to the city, had a travel time of 47 minutes.

Place Bulimba agent Darcy Lord said a lot of buyers were interested in the area because of its access to ferries. “Everyone says to me, ‘am I in walking distance to the ferries’.”

“CityCats are the least encumbered form of transport in the city,” said Mr Lord. “There’s more chance of getting to work on time because there’s less traffic on the water.”

But to get to the City before 8.30am on a Friday, Translink’s Journey Planner only advised taking the ferry to Teneriffe and then catching a bus for the rest of the trip.

Mr Dow also said ferries weren’t a reliable method of public transport. “It really can’t do mass transit, in terms of getting out of Bulimba and into Brisbane.”

Albany Creek and McDowall were the worst, taking an hour and six minutes each to get into the city, from about 15 and 10 kilometres away respectively.

Jason Chandler from LJ Hooker Albany Creek agreed public transport coverage in his area wasn’t great but said it didn’t bother him or his buyers.

“It’s generally a hassle to get buses in Albany Creek,” he said. “But it’s never been an issue at all really. It’s in high demand even without the public transport.”

“People generally have cars.”

Mr Dow advocated for a stronger network, to future-proof currently affluent suburbs from potential demographic changes. “All of a sudden you’ll find there will be five or six adults living in these places, same as New Farm and West End,” he said. “We think every demographic group needs public transport.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Why this couple walks through the same neighbourhood every weekend

Some Melburnians spend their weekends hiking in Mount Macedon, others watch the footy over a beer. But Rachana Malagi and her partner Charan Manish Shah wake up early to wander through the same neighbourhood of houses over and over again, alongside dozens of strangers doing the same.
Nanjing Night Net

The pair have spent several weekends – full days – meandering around the 53 homes at Berwick Waters display village, about 50 kilometres south east of Melbourne’s CBD. It’s one of the biggest in Victoria, attracting prospective buyers who like to envision themselves in their dream homes, on long tours of the perfectly-styled properties.

Ms Malagi is happy to take her time choosing a builder, given the fact that buying the land – a plot in the adjacent Berwick Waters estate – was a decision she and her partner had to make quickly.

“Within a week of seeing the land the first time, it had increased substantially [in price],” says the marketing professional. “We took the time to go out and look at a couple more estates and we got back it had increased … which was stressful.”

Berwick Waters, launched in 2011, is seen as a premium spot by buyers like Ms Malagi. Its position next to more established suburbs puts it at the start of the growth corridor, where endless estates trail out to the south east.

It may seem distant to inner-city Melburnians, but for those who work around employment hubs such as Dandenong and Monash medical and university precinct, Berwick and the surrounding suburbs keep them close to jobs. Nearly 60 per cent of workers in the City of Casey also lived in the area during the 2011, and both jobs and housing have grown considerably since.

It makes sense for Victoria’s big builders to set up shop here: Henley, Metricon, Simonds, Porter Davis and Burbank are among those vying for the attention of those looking to build a home in this patch.

“Customers can do comparison shopping all in one place, so they can see the different things they like,” says Frasers’ general manager Sarah Bloom. “They spend whole days and lots of people come down multiple times … Not many people have that ability to visualise three-dimensionally, so to see it is really exciting for them because they envision their dream.”

Unsurprisingly, there’s competition between the builders to set themselves apart.

“Builders jockey for position in these display villages,” says Jill Lim, Frasers’ development director. “They like to be located near our sales office or the carpark, or they even create their own carpark.”

Henley is one such builder, enjoying the coveted entrance position to the village and offering its own carpark, cafe and kids’ area.

“Other builders display one or two homes in a location, we actually have seven designs,” says Justin McBean, Henley general manager. “It means they wont miss you and they’ll walk through ours before anybody else’s.”

Another major point of difference is styling, with builders employing dedicated interior designers to make the homes look on trend.

“It’s really important, we have a dedicated team that work on that,” says Mr McBean. “Some builders choose specific themes like London or New York, but we like to be classic and hit a bigger broader group.”

For Ms Malagi, who is choosing between a Henley-designed home and Simonds design, the styling was definitely something which affected her decisions.

“The reality is though that lot of the displays have a lot of upgrades which do not come in a standard package,” she says, when asked what advice she’d give others prospective buyers. “It’s very important to understand that as fancy as they display house might look, it’s important to understand what comes in just the regular package, so you’re not disappointed.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Worner resigns from Swans board

Embattled Seven West Media chief executive Tim Worner has resigned from his position on the Sydney Swans board.
Nanjing Night Net

The move comes after Swans chief executive Andrew Ireland told a room of female Swans fans on Monday night that he would ask Mr Worner to consider the “appropriateness” of remaining as a director of the club.

Mr Worner came under fire in December after revelations of an affair with a junior staff member at Seven between 2012 and 2014.

Seven West Media remains locked in a court battle with Amber Harrison, a former executive assistant, after she publicly revealed details of her relationship with Mr Worner.

The matter was heard in court on Thursday, hours before Mr Worner announced he had resigned.

“Please be advised that today I have tendered my resignation from the Board of the Sydney Swans and that my resignation has been accepted, effective immediately,” Mr Worner said in a statement.

“My hope is that by standing down, I can relieve pressure on the Board and the Club and let them concentrate on the business of football, and a successful home and away season in 2017.

“During last year, working alongside some of the best business and sporting brains in the industry was a privilege – and an experience I’m most grateful for.

“As the Club surges towards the last weekend in September, I’ll be right there beside them, and wish them every success.”

Female Swans fans had expressed their disdain on Monday night at the names of some of the horses Mr Worner had raced, including Chicks Dig Me, Centrefold Spread and Legs Akimbo.

However, Mr Ireland said it would be difficult to tell Mr Worner to step down as a director.

“The difficulty you get to is, I don’t believe there is a position the club could reasonably take with Tim to say to him that he can’t be a director of this club,” Mr Ireland said on Monday night.

“There are discussions that can take place about the appropriateness of being a director of this club, and I think those discussions are the appropriate way to deal with it. And the outcomes of those discussions, we’ll see over a period of time.”

Mr Worner tendered his resignation to the board earlier this year, but on that occasion it wasn’t accepted by Swans chairman Andrew Pridham.

“Tim has been an excellent Director and made a significant contribution to our football club in a short period of time,” Mr Pridham said.

The Swans play Collingwood on Friday night at the Sydney Cricket Ground, looking for their first win of the AFL season.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

PM pushes Australia to power Indian economy

Australia is well placed to power a booming Indian economy because of its abundance of natural resources including coal, uranium and natural gas, according to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Nanjing Night Net

In a Sydney Institute speech on the eve of a week-long trip to Papua New Guinea then India, Mr Turnbull also highlighted the opportunity for Australian universities to provide education services to some of the 400 million people the Indian government wants to train by 2022.

Trade between Australia and India has doubled to more than $20 billion in the past 10 years and the nation of 1.2 billion is on track to see its economy, which is growing at 7 per cent a year, to draw level in size with the United States by about 2050.

“India is undergoing a dramatic economic transformation and our close partnership creates opportunities for both nations,” Mr Turnbull said.

“My first visit to India as Prime Minister is a chance to further co-operate across a wide range of sectors including energy, education and trade.”

“But there are many more opportunities. India wants to provide energy security through a range of technologies, including nuclear, clean coal, natural gas and renewable energy. Australia is well placed to provide many of the raw materials, and some of the latest technology.”

Mr Turnbull also made the case for his government’s company tax cuts for companies with a turnover of up to $50 million, while pledging “we cannot and will not stop here”.

“Globalisation means we compete with the whole world for investment. We cannot expect to attract more businesses and more jobs if our tax rates are considerably higher than those in other countries ??? especially when our competitors around the world are looking to cut their rates further,” he said.

“We want Australian businesses to aspire not just to a local market of 24 million Australians, but to a worldwide market of 7.4 billion people . . . Labor, by contrast, cannot point to one policy which would encourage a business to invest an extra dollar or employ an extra worker.”

???Australia and India are currently looking to seal a free trade agreement. There have been nine rounds of negotiations since discussions began in 2011, with the most recent in 2015.

Follow us on Facebook

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Senior leads star-studded Canberra golf field

Golf veteran Peter Senior snatched the Australian Masters title out of Matt Millar’s hands two years ago and the 57-year-old has a chance to spoil a new party in Canberra this week.
Nanjing Night Net

Senior is a headline act in an impressive group of golfers converging on the capital for pro-Am events at the Federal Golf Club on Friday and Millar’s tournament at Gold Creek on Saturday and Sunday.

Senior retired after the Australian Open last year but still plays in tournaments around the country, helping boost the profile of golf in regional centres.

But two years ago his charge at the Australian Masters ended in heartbreak for Canberra’s Millar, who surrendered a last-round lead as Senior won the coveted gold jacket.

Both laugh about the sliding doors moment. It was the last big win of Senior’s glittering career and a missed opportunity for Millar to spark his career.

“I’d love to have a grudge against Pete, but when I was growing up he was one of my favourites to watch,” Millar laughed.

“It’s pretty hard to hold a grudge against him. He did what he had to do and I didn’t hold my end of the bargain on that Sunday a couple of years ago. Good on him, he’s a great guy and great for Australian golf.”

Senior added: “We all know how this game goes, you can never tell. Matty has been a good friend of mine and I’m really looking forward to playing in his event.”

Senior won a tournament at the Federal Golf Club in the 1980s and is returning to boost the game in the capital, hosting a clinic at 10am on Friday.

He will then play in the Pro-Am in the afternoon before backing up for Millar’s two-day event, which will also be raising money for the Ricky Stuart Foundation.

The Federal Pro-Am field boasts Senior, James Nitties, Jordan Zunic, Nathan Green, Andre Stolz and Canberra duo Millar and Brendan Jones.

It also coincides with the start of golf’s most prestigious event, the US Masters at Augusta National.

Senior played at the US Masters in 1990, finishing in a tie for 42nd. He won 34 professional titles after turning pro in 1978.

But injuries caught up with him last year and he retired at the end of the Australian Open.

“I’m just looking forward to playing again … I haven’t played much in the last few months so I’ll be itching to go,” Senior said.

“I’m still playing a lot of smaller events. I’m not going to give the game away completely, I still enjoy the game. But the travel got to me and that’s pretty much why I stopped that.

“The trees have grown a bit over the last 30 years, it makes it a bit tighter than when we were here in the 80s.”

The US Masters started on Thursday night (AEST), with hopes Jason Day and Adam Scott will challenge for the green jacket.

“We’ve got three or four really good chances and you never know at the Masters. If you can get something good going early, you can hang on for the rest of the week,” Senior said.

CANBERRA PRO-AMS

Friday: Peter Senior clinic at 10am, Pro-Am shotgun start at 12.30pm at Federal Golf Club, Red Hill.

Saturday-Sunday: Matt Millar Pro-Am on both days at Gold Creek Country Club.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Minichiello gets real with Tedesco: Join me or stagnate

96NormalfalsefalseEN-AUJAX-NONE /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-priority:99;mso-style-parent:””;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0cm;mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU;}Minichiello has asked Tedesco to seriously weigh??? up his options and consider where he will develop as a player.
Nanjing Night Net

He can join a stable club where finishing in the top four is an expectation, where he can play under a leading coach in Trent Robinson, and where he can learn from one of the best fullbacks of the modern-era in Minichiello.

Or he can stay at the Tigers, who have had four coaches in five seasons and who are being torn apart with instability in the front office and facing a player exodus.

Money could be the key. It usually is.

Leading player manager Isaac Moses – who represents the Tigers’ so-called “Big Four” – had been in negotiations with Roosters chairman Nick Politis last year about a move to Moore Park for Tedesco.

According to several Roosters sources, it all broke down when Moses stood up one of the game’s most feared men for a breakfast meeting. Politis has been sending Moses’ calls to voicemail ever since, including in the past day or so.

Moses has been using other avenues to speak to Politis but Politis doesn’t seem too fussed about rushing the situation.

It’s also understood the Roosters are not prepared to pay Tedesco $1 million a season.

They might go close to $800,000 but they won’t be matching the reported offer from the Tigers of $4.5 million over four years.

The Roosters say claims they are poised to offer a $6 million deal over five years just isn’t right and that no deal has been tabled.

As all this whirrs around in Sydney, Moses is set to meet new Tigers coach Ivan Cleary in Townsville about the futures of Tedesco, captain and prop Aaron Woods and Mitchell Moses, who wants an immediate release to join the Eels.

The Tigers play the Cowboys on Saturday night.

Cleary, whose announcement as the new Tigers coach on Monday is a distant memory, said the uncertainty over the salary cap from next season had clouded the situation.

“We had offers on the table, which I think is pretty well documented, for not just Mitchell,” Cleary told Triple M. “Over the weekend there was a bit of an adjustment in the salary cap and the forecasting for next year. We decided to prioritise for James Tedesco and Aaron Woods and we withdrew an offer for Mitchell on the proviso that we need to have a look and go back to him but my understanding is he has signed [with Parramatta].

“We’re very keen on securing both James and Aaron and that’s basically as far as I’ve gone. I’ll be meeting with Isaac over the the next couple of days. Hopefully we can sort out a situation one way or the other. It’s really important that these players are on the bus and are really committed to what I’m sure will be a bright future.”

While Tedesco said he wants to be on the bus. “Obviously the priority is to stay at the Tigers and the performances lately haven’t been very up to scratch,” he said. “The money is not an issue. Just our performances need to improve. Ivan might come in and prove that and I might see that long-term we will be able to win premierships. Also recruiting as well, I think we need to make some good signings in the next few years to be a strong club. Our squad at the moment is quite strong, we just haven’t been consistent for many years.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Previous Posts