General $1M offer for Pritchard Withdrawn

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Oh well, who wants a bet he will land up another wasted talent over in that blow hole competition the ESL?

https://www.smh.com.au/news/league/...er-to-pritchard/2006/05/22/1148150187359.html

PENRITH have made good on their threat to withdraw a $1 million contract offer to star forward Frank Pritchard if he didn't accept it by the close of business yesterday.

The club issued the ultimatum last Thursday, saying negotiations had gone on for too long and that it was time for a resolution either way.

Panthers general manager Mick Leary said last night the four-year deal was now off the table and that the club would look at alternatives.

"Frank's manager [David Riolo] rang me today and asked for an extension until Wednesday and I declined," Leary said.

"I think our offer is fair and that the player and his manager have had plenty of time to reach a decision. We'll look at other ways of spending the money now and if Frank happens to come back to us later there is no guarantee the money will still be available for him."

Leary said Penrith had refused Pritchard permission to negotiate with other NRL clubs ahead of the June 30 anti-tampering deadline. Riolo did not return the Herald's phone call yesterday.

Meanwhile, Cronulla centre Beau Scott and Bulldogs winger Matt Utai were the only players charged out of the weekend round. Scott (dangerous throw, grade one) can avoid suspension with an early guilty plea, but Utai is looking at a two-match suspension whether he pleads guilty or contests the charge and is found guilty at a judiciary hearing.

There was speculation Sharks halfback Brett Kimmorley might be charged over the same tackle as Scott, but match review committee chief Greg McCallum said last night the video showed Kimmorley was not responsible.

McCallum said the committee regarded the incident in Friday night's game between Penrith and Parramatta that left Eels fullback Wade McKinnon needing plastic surgery as an accident.

Parramatta captain Glenn Morrison said Penrith prop Matthew Cross, who had the ball, had led with his elbow as he was tackled by McKinnon. McKinnon immediately left the field, clutching his mouth. His bottom lip was embedded in his teeth, several of which were loosened, and he underwent an operation on Saturday. He is expected to be out for at least several weeks.

Wests Tigers winger Daniel Fitzhenry will be out for up to six weeks with a broken collarbone sustained in Saturday's loss to New Zealand Warriors, while tests today will determine how long Tigers winger or fullback Shannon McDonnell will be out with a rib injury.

Meanwhile, centre Tony Martin has re-signed for one year with the Warriors while veteran forward Awen Guttenbeil was given permission to negotiate with other NRL clubs ahead of June 30.
 

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