Is it possible to break an unwritten law?
That is the sentiment in Brisbane, as the Broncos have accused the Cronulla Sharks of foul play over the way in which the Sharks went about announcing the defection of Jack Bird.
No confirmation yet on whether or not the Broncos’ complaint was made verbally or in writing.
The Bird is in the Brisbane corral, reportedly on a three-year deal with a fourth-year option, but the Broncos’ website had yet to confirm the signing, so what remained of their feathers were ruffled when the Sharks announced the defection with a media release on Thursday morning.
According to an NRL spokesperson, “The rule prohibiting the announcement of any signing until the cooling off period has expired only applies to the team signing a new player.”
Officially, the Sharks did not break any rule. Still, the NRL intends to contact all 16 clubs to remind them of the proper form and decorum in regard to signing or releasing a player.
The most of which they can be accused is bad manners and a lack of consideration for the Broncos’ feelings, even though they were the winners in gaining one of the game’s best in Bird.
Bird is the second NSW Origin representative to defect to Queensland, the other being Glenn Lazarus 25 years ago.