Graham slams talk of player greed in pay negotiations between RLPA and NRL

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Sharks star Wade Graham has slammed reports the players are being greedy in the negotiations between the Rugby League Players Association and the NRL over pay demands.

Graham stressed that the players were not solely focused on the financial side of returning to training by the May 4 deadline.

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“That’s a bit of fake news I think,” Graham said on Nine’s Sunday Footy Show.

“The narrative that was out there that it was all about the pay was completely incorrect, we have only seen over the weekend about the government regulations, we are still awaiting interstate policies.

“The biggest dispute around the May 4 training was if some of the dominoes didn’t fall over, how does that look? The last thing we wanted was to commit to May 4 training when the other teams weren’t able to be on the same page as us.

“All the players are united behind Peter V’landys and starting on the 28th May, and it was more so the information and waiting for the regulations to be passed by the government.”

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However while player safety was paramount Graham conceded the pay deal is still a vital part of the NRL’s return.

Graham confirmed that players were seeking 80% of their pay for this season, but a deal had not been reached due to discussions between the NRL, Foxtel and Channel Nine .

“That’s pretty much on the mark, but it’s still ongoing the negotiations with the broadcasters,” Graham said.

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“We are still waiting to hear more information on that, but we had a great discussion with Peter V’landys yesterday and he certainly has given the majority of the playing group a big level of comfort.

“It is disappointing that was the narrative being reported when it couldn’t be much further from the truth.

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“It was a much broader discussion, and the one that annoyed me the most was that the players were trying to undermine Peter V’landys.

“He has done a wonderful job, he has gone into bat for the game and has done all he can to get it up and running, and we are right behind him.

“We are grateful for all the work he has been doing…that was the biggest thing that was frustrating for me.”

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