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‘Integrity is not negotiable’: V’landys sets sights on player agent crackdown

In December, agent Isaac Moses was forced out of the game after the NRL Appeals Committee upheld the governing body’s decision to cancel his accreditation in June.

The NRL moved to ban Moses after he allegedly breached his obligations in 2017 when he assisted former client Tim Mannah to give evidence to the NRL integrity unit that was false.

Shortly after it was reported former Warriors, Tigers and Panthers player Elijah Taylor was scammed out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by his former manager, Ian Miles. The matter went to a civil court in Christchurch with Taylor awarded $484,824 in damages and costs.

Elijah Taylor was awarded $484,824 in damages and costs after taking civil action against his former manager.

Elijah Taylor was awarded $484,824 in damages and costs after taking civil action against his former manager.Credit:NRL Photos

“We are going to address all of those things,” V’landys said in response to recent incidents.

V’landys said the behaviour of some player agents was not acceptable.

“It’s not [where I want it to be],” he said. “No one will tell you it is because it’s not.

“Integrity is not negotiable and it’s got to be at the highest possible standard.”

V’landys said a number of other matters were also going to be under the microscope in the next few weeks ahead of the 2021 season, including the women’s game.

The ARLC is set to launch a major strategy this year with an aim to invest in the grassroots of the game.

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The focus will be on increasing participation rates in women’s rugby league, which V’landys said will see more financial backing than ever before.

“It’s development for all grassroots for male and female, touch and tag,” he said. “It’s one big strategy plan where participation for us is a major objective of the Commission and naturally one of the focuses is participation by women.”

V’landys said the limited four clubs in the NRLW would remain with the Commission opting to take a “bottom up” approach.

“The reason for that is because the actual players themselves believe that there’s not enough players to have any more teams because the other women wouldn’t be ready for that level,” he said.

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