General Stars' agents fight for futures

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LEADING player managers George Mimis and Jim Banaghan are set to learn next week whether they will have their agent accreditations revoked.

Mimis and Banaghan have been asked to appear before a meeting of the Player Agent Accreditation Committee on Thursday over their involvement in the Warriors salary cap scandal.

The pair, whose clients include some of the biggest names in the NRL, have been asked to show cause why action should not be taken against them, including revoking their accreditation.

With compulsory accreditation of player agents due to be introduced from November 1 under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement between the Rugby League Professionals Association and the NRL, hundreds of players may be forced to find new managers if Mimis and Banaghan lose their accreditation.

The pair will argue that the committee does not have the power to impose penalties for anything that happened before the voluntary agent accreditation scheme came into force in the last off-season. But the PAAC has legal advice that it can take action retrospectively.

Banaghan and Mimis are accused of accepting free flights to Auckland from the Warriors, not declaring commercial agreements for their clients to the NRL, and other misdemeanours. The Warriors earlier this year were docked four competition points and fined $430,000 for salary cap breaches totalling $860,000 over the previous two seasons.

Banaghan manages eight players at the Warriors, headed by Ruben Wiki, Nathan Fien and Brent Webb. Mimis's sole client is captain Steve Price. Mimis also looks after the affairs of Mark Gasnier, Darren Lockyer and Brett Kimmorley, among others.

Banaghan's other clients include Justin Hodges, Josh Hannay and the Monaghan brothers, Michael and Joel.

Elsewhere, Melbourne are no longer interested in sacked Brisbane forward Neville Costigan.

Storm recruitment manager Peter O'Sullivan said on Thursday that the door was open to Costigan if he wanted to start afresh after his sacking following a drink-driving charge, but the club has now had a rethink.

Canberra and Wests Tigers have been linked to Costigan, while North Queensland are also reportedly interested in the back-rower/hooker as well as sacked teammate Brett Seymour.

Brisbane prop Petero Civoniceva yesterday admitted the Broncos were still reeling after the club sacked Seymour and Costigan for off-field indiscretions. "We're all a bit stunned and shocked by what's happened but we're all trying to get our heads around a very big game on Sunday," said Civoniceva, who supported the club's decision.
 

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