ARL Club Newcastle Denies Allegations Of Players Not Being Paid On Time
Australian Rugby League Newcastle Kights has blamed a disgruntled player for spreading rumors that "prompted renewed speculation" about Nathan Tinkler's ownership, according to Brent Read of THE AUSTRALIAN. The millionaire mining magnate bought the team last year but his time leading the club has been "shadowed by ongoing rumours about his financial position." The latest allegations were based on suggestions some players had "not been paid on time." The club responded to the reports by issuing a statement, saying that "all players and staff had been paid," and blamed a former player for causing the problems. The statement said, "It is unfortunate the rumour today, which the club believes has come from a disgruntled player who was not re-signed for next season, has caused considerable speculation." Knights CEO Matt Gidley added, "This is an absolute non-issue at the Knights. I have yet to field one phone call or inquiry from an employee or player in regards to this matter." Nevertheless, the ARL Commission has "kept a close eye" on the situation and made fresh inquiries on Tuesday. It was assured the "club was secure" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/17).