Maitland president Frank Lawler says Chad Redman has rejected 2018 playing conditions put forward by Kurri Kurri this week and the former NRL hooker has since asked to view his original contract.
Lawler said potential Pickers recruit Redman has responded via email to both the Bulldogs and Newcastle Rugby League officials after Kurri outlined their settlement terms.
In a NSW Rugby League deed of termination document dated Monday, Kurri have agreed to release Redman to Maitland based on two main points – he can’t play first grade and he can’t line-up against the Bulldogs in any grade, including finals.
“This is obviously a battle between Chad and Kurri, not Maitland and Kurri, but it seems a little unfair and unrealistic,” Redman said.
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“We understand maybe not playing against Kurri, but to include finals as well and no first grade at all feels a bit much. Chad has declined it and asked for a copy of his contracts.”
Redman, who played seven NRL games between the Knights and Gold Coast in 2015, joined Newcastle junior club Western Suburbs the season after and featured in September’s grand final.
The 25-year-old originally signed for Kurri during the most recent off-season but has attended limited, if any, training sessions with the Bulldogs.
Citing personal reasons, Redman has since switched allegiances to Maitland.
Redman now faces a season on the sidelines with limited avenue for appeal outside potential legal proceedings.
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