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People will be all for or all against this but Polynesian players in the NRL are thrown little sub-standard contracts to begin with and only until it’s realized they are worth it they are offered a rise. Something needs to be changed in the development of young Polynesian’s.
I think people need to realise that Sonny Bill Williams had various crisis talks with the Bulldogs and although it was said there were no problems going by this there obviously were problems. People are calling it greedy, disloyal & dishonest but in all reality the NRL with the salary cap's are constantly under pressure to provide reasons to why they can't lose the cap.
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As most of you are probably aware the Club has commenced proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW seeking an injunction against Sonny Bill Williams which will have the effect of restraining him from playing for any club other than the Bulldogs.
This is an important step for the sake of the Club and also for the players.
The sanctity of a contract is paramount: we need to know that players will meet their playing commitments just as they need to know that their pay will be in the bank.
With the legal proceedings underway our focus returns to giving our team the necessary support to secure a win against the Tigers at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
Again I thank everyone for the hundreds of emails we have received in relation to Sonny Bill, the passion of fans is a big part of what makes our Club so great.
Todd Greenberg, CEO.
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BULLDOGS chief executive Todd Greenberg says the club will take out an injunction to prevent Sonny Bill Williams from playing elsewhere after the star backrower reportedly flew to France to take up a $3 million rugby union offer.
Williams stunned the rugby league fraternity by walking out on the Bulldogs, and is understood to be linking up with second division rugby club Toulon on a lucrative two-year deal.
Greenberg said Williams' manager Khoder Nasser had confirmed on Saturday his client had left the country but the 'Dogs boss said he had no intention of letting the 22-year-old take-up the deal.
"Quite simply, if Sonny intends to play overseas, we'll be looking to take out an injunction which will effectively stop him playing in France, England or anywhere else he intends to do it," Greenberg said.
Asked whether the issue was likely to end up in the courts, Greenberg said: "I suggest at this early stage that you are probably right but we are going to have to review all our options to make sure that the Bulldogs are well covered.
"I've had QCs look at his contract and there is absolutely no get-out clause.
"I'm shocked that he's left because I saw him Oatley at 7.30am this morning.
Williams had been chosen in the Bulldogs team to play the Dragons on Monday night in Sydney.
NRL chief executive David Gallop, who will hold a special press conference at midday Sunday to address the issue, said he was disappointed with Williams' decision.
"It is unacceptable to walk out on a contract," he said.
"If Sonny Bill Williams has personal issues, we will be happy to discuss them with him but we will support the Bulldogs in enforcing their contract and that includes preventing him from playing other than under that contract.
"Certainly the club, his teammates and the fans are entitled to some explanation for what has happened."
Bulldogs greats were unanimous in admonishing Williams' walk-out, with ex-chief executive Steve Mortimer claiming the Kiwi had let down a club which had gone out of its way to accommodate him.
"I'm absolutely bewildered after what this club has done for Sonny," Mortimer said.
"But I'm sure there's more to this than what's out there."
Former premiership-winning lock Paul Langmack claimed it wasn't just the Bulldogs who had been let down.
"It's unbelievable. It's not just what he's done to the club, it's what he's done to the game," Langmack said.
"I'm in shock. Canterbury have bent over backwards for him. It's a problem for the game that blokes think they can just pack up and walk out."
The New Zealand Test star had been signed to the Bulldogs until 2012 for an estimated $450,000 a year.
But he's been at loggerheads with the club for sometime, claiming he's worth more money.
Williams was also upset with what he perceives as excessive media scrutiny into his private life and at the Bulldogs making him publicly admit he had problems with alcohol last year.
His departure comes after St George Illawarra centre Mark Gasnier also signed a deal with French rugby club Stade Francais worth an estimated $2 million over two years.
Toulon are currently in the second division of French rugby but have been promoted to the top flight for next season.
They are coached by former New Zealand All Blacks great Tana Umaga, with former Wallabies captain George Gregan – the world's most-capped rugby player – having joined the club after retiring from Test football following last year's World Cup.
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Sonny Bill Williams ignored back pain to inspire the Bulldogs to an upset 26-18 victory over the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium yesterday.
The victory snapped the Bulldogs' five-game losing streak and put a major dent in the Broncos' hopes of a top-four finish.
Williams' display prompted teammate Reni Maitua to declare him one of the best players he had played with.
''He [Williams] and Johnathan Thurston are the best footy players I've ever played with,'' Maitua said.
''The amount of work he [Williams] does in defence and how he comes back into the attack and gets his hands on the ball twice in each set ... he's an unbelievable athlete.
''His presence on the field lifts everyone. I just love the kid, he's such and amazing competitor ... an inspiration to everyone.''
The Bulldogs' victory spoiled Darren Lockyer's injury comeback.
He returned to action in the second half just as Williams smashed through Dave Taylor and Karmichael Hunt in the 48th minute to give the visitors a 20-8 lead after the scores were locked 8-8 at half-time.
''I felt a bit rusty and my match fitness is not there but it was good to be back,'' Lockyer said.
''I've got mixed emotions. The knee came through the game and I'm happy about that but I'm obviously disappointed with the result.''
Coach Wayne Bennett said Brisbane's slow start was to be expected with his players returning from a two-week break.
''Momentum is everything in football. We've been away and it will take a little time,'' Bennett said.
''There's still eight games to go and as long as we're better next week and the week after, then we've got time.''
Maitua said the Bulldogs loved playing at Suncorp Stadium, where their last eight games had produced six wins.
''We knew we were building towards something after we played very stupid against Souths [losing after leading 24-6] and we came up here pretty confident,'' Maitua said.
He predicted a big future for 19-year-old halfback Arana Taumata who posted his third try in just his third first-grade game, beating Corey Parker, Joel Clinton and Hunt with a neat sidestepping display for the opening try. He would have had a double but for an amazing show of courage by Hunt who snatched the ball off Taumata's boot as he was about to kick it again.
''He's a real cocky little kid, that's what I like about him, his arrogance,'' Maitua said.
''He's got a great future ahead of him.
''Karmichael is the only fullback who would have stopped it because he plays with so much heart and courage.'' AAP
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