Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Beale Might Regret Move

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Beale Might Regret Move

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GERARD Beale confirmed to me last Friday night that he would be joining the Dragons next season.

I won't say he was unhappy about his decision, but I doubt the cards have fallen exactly the way he had hoped.

For a start, Beale is a Broncos kid. They were his favourite team as a boy and Darren Lockyer was his pin-up player. He joined the club straight from school, and played in the NYC grand final team of 2008 with eight of his current teammates.

If he could have seen out his career with the Broncos, he would have. But two things stood in his way Co the salary cap and his desire to play fullback.

Gerard Beale is a magnificent athlete. His dancing feet can swivel on a 10-cent piece. He likes to have space in which to manoeuvre those fancy feet, so it's understandable he wants to play fullback.

At Brisbane Josh Hoffman, signed until the end of 2015, has made the No.1 jersey his, hence the reason Beale has looked elsewhere. And at the time his negotiations with the Dragons took place, they were looking for someone to replace the departing Darius Boyd.

But out of the blue jumps Brett Morris, who has been outstanding at the back in the past three rounds. And that begs the question Co have the Dragons paid a king's ransom for a winger to play fullback, who they don't need now?

Surely Beale does not have a watertight contract saying he will be fullback next year? Does he at least get first crack at the No.1 jersey? Is rookie coach Steve Price likely to unravel his first piece of coaching magic to accommodate a newcomer?

Where's Vossy?

NOTHING against Channels 7 and 10 Co I have worked for them both Co but news that Channel Nine and Fox Sports have formed a joint venture designed to increase their chances of holding on to the NRL broadcasting rights is encouraging for fans.

Word is that in the new deal Fox will have a dedicated rugby league channel, as it does currently with AFL, and will show all games live, while Nine will screen four games, three of which will also be live. …

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