This is Joseph Suaalii who is 16 years old and is fighting for it with the Rugby League. The young man would have already accepted an offer from the Union for $ 3 million.
In Australia, the 15-year-old Rugby Union and the Rugby League tug at the teenager Joseph Suaalii’s sleeves, a promise that goes into the famous phrase “grandma’s jewel”. The 16-year-old will turn 17 on August 1 and from there will be in a position to sign his first contract. For now, the Rugby Union takes a few steps ahead and promises him an unprecedented and fabulous contract for such a young player.
The news generated a stir in the Australian media and the denials quickly came out. Suaalii had everything arranged with the NRL Rabbitohs to sign his first contract on the day of his name day, which amounted to A $ 1,700,000 (1,200,000 Australian currency). Everything seemed sealed but Rugby Australia appeared in the negotiation and made him an offer that the teenager, who has 7 brothers, will not be able to reject: almost 3 million Australian dollars for the next 3 seasons.
Acting Rugby Australia CEO Rob Clarke argued that “Joseph Suaalii is an outstanding young man and a talented Rugby player who has shown great promise to rugby for the future,” adding “we have made no secret of what we would like. have Joseph. In this first stage there was no agreement between Joseph, his family or his representative. “
“Rugby Australia is still in open conversation about his future and joining our team. The financial offers being speculated in the media today are totally fantasy and are propagated by the same old people whose only interest is to inflate and distort the values of the contract” , He said about the figures released by some media on the other side of the world. Wallabies coach Dave Rennie met Suaalii in an attempt to seduce him into signing: “I met him in January. He is an impressive athlete and a very mature young man for his 16 years, “Rennie told reporters last month.
“As you get closer to guys like Joseph, they get a lot of attention and clearly in the Rugby League they are very interested in him and they have offered him a large sum of money to have it.” Suaalii trained with the best team in the NRL During the summer and impressed by his speed, agility and physique, legendary fullback Greg Inglis told the team’s popes that the young man was far ahead in his development compared to players of the same age.
The news caught the attention of the rugby environment, as Australia’s Super Rugby players have been forced to accept a 30 percent pay cut until the end of September due to the pandemic and with great uncertainty as they do not yet have signature for the transmission of the parties of the next year. For his part Suaalii not only caught the attention of rugby in its two modalities, but also received offers from several leading footwear and clothing manufacturers to become its brand ambassador.