Canterbury's Marcelo Montoya, 24, has emerged as one of the first NRL players set to be forced out of his home and into temporary accommodation because his mother works in aged care. This is to satisfy the strict biosecurity measures the game has adopted.
Marcelo Montoya's mother's job is likely to cause the Bulldogs youngster to have to move ahead of the NRL season restart - but where he goes and who foots the bill remain a mystery.
Play video The big questions now for the Dogs, however, are where does Montoya move to, and who will foot the bill? The players have already taken a pay-cut and cannot be expected to pay any new rent, while Canterbury has no cash coming in because of the shutdown of all leagues clubs.Larger text size Very large text size The smile on the face of young South Sydney forward Cameron Murray summed up the mood of the entire NRL playing group on a chilly Monday morning.Once the players have that in their head, once they have something to strive for, their mentality will totally switch around.Share via Email NRL players are back on deck and so are the game's endless contract talks, with more than 180 off-contract players able to plan for their futures again.
Advertisement The easiest option would be to find a teammate prepared to throw open his doors, but how many have a spare bathroom and bedroom? Montoya's mother works at an aged-care facility, but not Anglicare's Newmarch House in Caddens where 66 staff and residents have tested positive to COVID-19 and 15 people have died.Marcelo Montoya has been asked to move house because his mother works in aged care.A smiling Cameron Murray returns to Redfern on Monday morning.The 24-year-old flyer has been in a long-term relationship but is not moving in with his girlfriend.The game can't afford them.Clubs were meant to resume training on Tuesday but that was delayed until Wednesday so clubs and players such as Montoya could make alternative arrangements.Training was meant to resume on Tuesday, but is now likely to be pushed back 24 hours and start on Wednesday so players have time to digest the information and find alternative accommodation if required."Like most clubs we have a handful of players and staff who have individual cases to work through, but the most pressing one involves one of our players whose mother works in an aged-care facility, and will likely have to look at alternative accommodation,'' Bulldogs boss Andrew Hill said on Tuesday.The NRL has indicated that in signing a new deal, players must agree to a clause where their wages are reduced by the same percentage as any lowered salary cap.
"What they would like him to do is find accommodation with his own bathroom and bedroom.Credit: Rhett Wyman Souths players, including Murray and a fit-looking Damien Cook, arrived at Redfern early for their meeting.Little things like that which used to be part of their routine."But that becomes problematic because you can't get a hotel room, and if another player on our 50-person list doesn't have a suitable spare room and bathroom, what do we do? "We're currently working through that process with the NRL and biosecurity people.'' Hill praised Monday's education day where players and staff were briefed by the medical experts on the expectations in the coming weeks and months.The club also confirmed Mark Ellison would replace Shane Richardson as the new head of football and Brock Schaefer has become new the chief operating officer.It was established that visiting girlfriends who do not live under the same roof was now off-limits, as was going to the beach and playing golf..But walking dogs, which was originally on the banned list, was no longer black-listed, nor was living with people who worked as nurses or primary school teachers.Tigers boss Justin Pascoe told the Herald for most of the players it was like "their first day at school".Players on development contracts will be available to play as soon as the competition resumes on May 28, easing the rule that required an NRL exemption for them to be named before June 30.
Loading Parramatta have their own housing, which is bankrolled by their leagues club and used for out-of-town juniors they could use if an Eels player was forced to move out, while Penrith have their own Panthers House and even the Mercure Hotel on their giant premises at the foot of the mountains.Wests Tigers backrower Luke Garner is currently assessing whether to move out from a home he shares with two young roommates."I'm sure they're all champing at the bit to be a part of it.Going to the beach..
NRL should cover the cost.
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