“From my point of view, personally, I’m finally in a position that I’ve wanted to be in for a long time and I’m really excited to play some footy,” he said.
“I know I can’t speak for everyone – there are guys in our team with three or four kids and people relying on them – but I’m confident that everyone will come to a resolution we’re happy with.”
The situation looked headed for resolution early this week, with sources suggesting RUPA had secured RA’s agreement to sign an interim three-month deal, with cuts easing from 60 per cent on average to between 30 and 40 per cent until the end of September.
The parties will have to negotiate a third variation before the end of the third quarter but by then RA should have a broadcast deal locked in for 2021 and will at least know what Rugby Championship Tests the Wallabies will play in October and November.
Maddocks is one of many players linked to a move offshore as a cloud hangs over the financial future of the Australian game.
If some form of private investment is not found to supplement what will almost certainly be a reduced broadcast deal, RA will be forced to channel its cash into a squad of 30 or so Wallabies, plus a handful of the top youngsters coming through. The middle tier will face smaller contracts, making them choose between playing at home or trying to find spots overseas.
Maddocks, 23, is off contract at the end of this year and has been linked to Major League Rugby in the United States. He has also spent time with the Aussie Sevens with a view to competing at the Tokyo Olympics.
Last year was a tough year for the talented fullback and playmaker, whose focus was cricket until he finished high school. Handed his Test debut in 2018, he missed out on World Cup selection last year and also navigated tough negotiations with the Rebels to return to the Waratahs and his home town.
Beale’s departure has given him serious food for thought and the opportunity to own a position.
“The rugby landscape is a bit uncertain at the moment from a global point of view, as well as just in Australia and as a player it’s important to have plan Bs and Cs,” he said.
“But from my point of view I feel like I’ve done a lot of hard work to get to this opportunity and my definite priority is to remain in Australia and create a legacy. For any young player that should be their desire, to play for the Wallabies. I’ve played a handful of games but didn’t really make my mark on it so there’s a lot of desire to play as well as I know I can.”
New Wallabies coach Dave Rennie left Maddocks off his first Wallabies list earlier this year, along with most of the youngster’s Waratahs teammates.
“I didn’t play great footy and the team was one from six. Just being completely honest with myself, if I was a selector I wasn’t ticking a lot of boxes, so I can understand that,” he said.
“Results are the biggest reflection of how you’re performing and you can’t sugar coat it, ours were pretty terrible. As a young squad we all have a lot of desire to show what we do have and repay some of the faith that’s been put in us.
“I definitely think you’ll see a different side in Super Rugby, round two.”
Georgina Robinson is the chief rugby reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.