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Nene Macdonald released

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Pretty disappointing but best to wipe our hands of it. Might have to subject our potential recruits to IQ tests moving forward.
 

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Well that signing didn't turn out that great.

Good luck to Nene, he has the talent and physicality to do great in the NRL but it seems like so far he hasn't been up to the task when it comes to professionalism. Hope he can fix it up and gets the help he needs before the chance he has slips away.
 
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I really don't know why you guys let him get to you. Just scroll post or hit the ignore buton if he bothers you that much. I swear some people here haven't posted on another forum before. Hate to be the one to break it but there's a whole big bad internet world put there and people a lot worse than mpw fanboy.

In saying that this is a small community so it's easy for one person to drown out the rest which has happened with posters like JP and Napoli in the past. Everyone has to be mindful of that also.
Shit, you mean he's not napoli, damn I was sure he was, very similar posting style

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Shit, you mean he's not napoli, damn I was sure he was, very similar posting style

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Don't think so, doesn't seem metrosexual enough.
 

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Looks like my immediate tough stance on this that was widely lambasted was right all along.

Hope the club helps with whatever mental health assistance he requires, but his behaviour and lack of respect has no place at the club. Proud that we’ve been able to make some tough, but ultimately right calls this year.
we’ve had our fair share of dickheads play for the club. Webb was done DUI (amongst a heap of other shit not reported) Sione Famuina fled the scene of a flipped car near Lavarack, Rob Lui, Julian O’neill etc etc.

It’s taken a while but the club seems to have taken the tough stance over the last few years that it should have taken since it first started.

I stayed out of the whole conversation in here until more was known. We still don’t know exactly what happened but this has pretty much allowed us to finally read between the lines accurately.

I think you’ll 99% of people agreed with you but not your constant repetitive stance on it until more was known. We got it the first time.
 

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It’s interesting to note that it doesn’t seem like a flat out sacking. With Barba, it was “torn up contract” “sacked” and other various examples of that (I don’t know what the clubs statement said in his regard though).

This one claiming mutual release makes me wonder if we didn’t want to sack him, but it was obvious he needed help. Maybe he’s headed to rehab or something?

Or maybe I’m reading to far into it.
 

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Good player. Very disappointing outcome for both us and for Nene, especially since the suspected conduct/offences were not serious in nature. Nonetheless, there are probably some integrity issues here and the club does have a brand to think about.
 

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The club has dealt with this quietly and efficiently, good to see that the perception of "cover up" was way off base.
 

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Utter muppet. Would of been awesome to have him and Feldt play a game together, also with Drinky at the back. I'll say it again that I read a while back he was loose on the piss, of course it was all rumors. Who do we after now boys? Was good having that big body bringing the ball back.
 

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It’s interesting to note that it doesn’t seem like a flat out sacking. With Barba, it was “torn up contract” “sacked” and other various examples of that (I don’t know what the clubs statement said in his regard though).

This one claiming mutual release makes me wonder if we didn’t want to sack him, but it was obvious he needed help. Maybe he’s headed to rehab or something?

Or maybe I’m reading to far into it.
Are you serious. No one walks away from a multi year contract whilst seriously injured. He was sacked.
 

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Are you serious. No one walks away from a multi year contract whilst seriously injured. He was sacked.
you might find that from a PR point of view, the way it has been reported by the club, it sugar coats it somewhat for all parties. The club don’t look like complete pricks for sacking a player who hasn’t had his day in court as of yet, Nene doesn’t have the public perception of being sacked already and influencing whatever judgement is going to be handed down upon him. And when the court shit does go down, he’s not involved with the club anymore and it won’t be completely tarnishing its image.

It’s probably the best way of handling it to be honest in regards to PR for everyone involved.

if the club flat out said ‘we are sacking him’, unfortunately in this day and age when every f***wit can have a say through the joys of social media, there would be a howl of protest by a few that would be ranting and raving about due course and the fact judgement hasn’t been properly passed etc etc.

The way it’s been handled by the club in the public arena is exactly how I would have done it, the club escapes all potential criticism from all the angles........

well not every angle.

The 2 marquee signings this year has been a complete disaster overall. Surely someone has to have a foot planted firmly up their ass because of it. Both these 2 have a reputation that precedes them, they gotta start using their brains a bit more when signing known bad boys.
 
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you might find that from a PR point of view, the way it has been reported by the club, it sugar coats it somewhat for all parties. The club don’t look like complete pricks for sacking a player who hasn’t had his day in court as of yet, Nene doesn’t have the public perception of being sacked already and influencing whatever judgement is going to be handed down upon him. And when the court shit does go down, he’s not involved with the club anymore and it won’t be completely tarnishing its image.

It’s probably the best way of handling it to be honest in regards to PR for everyone involved.

if the club flat out said ‘we are sacking him’, unfortunately in this day and age when every f***wit can have a say through the joys of social media, there would be a howl of protest by a few that would be ranting and raving about due course and the fact judgement hasn’t been properly passed etc etc.

The way it’s been handled by the club in the public arena is exactly how I would have done it, the club escapes all potential criticism from all the angles........

well not every angle.

The 2 marquee signings this year has been a complete disaster overall. Surely someone has to have a foot planted firmly up their ass because of it. Both these 2 have a reputation that precedes them, they gotta start using their brains a bit more when signing known bad boys.
Very well said
 

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Some more in here from Parry. Also confirms he has been charged by police with driving while disqualified.

https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/sport/nene-macdonald-parts-ways-with-the-cowboys-less-than-a-year-into-threeyear-contract/news-story/1b1622f1f2bd84c9b2280b02d361cb9f

Nene Macdonald parts ways with the Cowboys less than a year into three-year contract
JACOB MILEY , MICHAEL THOMPSON
Townsville Bulletin
July 5, 2019 8:46pm

THE North Queensland Cowboys have lost a star pre-season recruit after parting ways with Nene Macdonald, who has been charged with driving on a disqualified licence.

Macdonald, 25, had been under police investigation for more than a fortnight after a Toyota Corolla leased in his name was found dumped on a narrow Magnetic Island street in the early hours of June 20.

Police confirmed the 25-year-old was issued a notice to appear in relation to disqualified driving and was expected to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court later this month.

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman would not say why or when the licence was disqualified.

Macdonald, who suffered a season ending injury in Round 5 clash against the Melbourne Storm, allegedly hired the car from Thrifty rentals in February.

The club yesterday announced it released star Macdonald less than a year into his playing contract.

The Cowboys said the release was by mutual agreement, with the club, Nene and his management deciding the winger needed time away from the game.

General manager of football Peter Parr said the Magnetic Island crash played a part in the decision but was not the only “sole discussion point”.

“Obviously, that was an incident that was unfortunate and we addressed that with him, but it played a part but it wasn’t the sole factor in the discussions,” he said.

The NRL Integrity Unit is no longer looking into the incident as Macdonald is no longer registered as a player.

It follows the departure of disgraced NRL star Ben Barba who was booted from the club earlier this year after an incident at the Ville Casino.

Parr said it was disappointing both season recruits – Barba and now Macdonald were no longer at the club.

“We were confident going into the season that both of those guys would provide value to the team,” he said.

He defended the club’s recruitment strategy and player behaviour.

“It’s disappointing the way that both have ended up, but Nene needs some assistance now and you don’t have a crystal ball for some of these things,” he said.

“Recruitment it’s not an exact science. But we will reflect and see if there’s any things we could do there.”

Former State of Origin legend Trevor Gillmeister believes the Cowboys finals’ hopes have been torpedoed by the Cowboys’ latest off-field setback.

“To be totally honest I think they’re done for the year,” Gillmeister said.
 

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Well, now we know why Nene has been allowed a release from so many clubs.
 

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Pass on all above, we have no chance of Rapana, time to give to Qcup and U20's a go.
What about ESL? Surely someone might come to come back to Oz
Sosaia Feki just signed with Castleford days ago.. too bad
 

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Are you serious. No one walks away from a multi year contract whilst seriously injured. He was sacked.
Was referring to the wording of the release and how they went about NOT saying it was a sacking. Fact is, with him being charged with what he’s being charged with, they could’ve easily just said he was sacked.

The wording of it to me seems like they didn’t want to come out in that fashion. Wether it be for his welfare or for the PR of the club, I don’t know. Just when you compare it to the statement regarding Barba, (Today, North Queensland Cowboys terminated the playing contract of Ben Barba due to a significant breach of the terms of his contract), it’s a pretty different approach.
 
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