Written by John Davidson
Sam Burgess has taken aim at the world of rugby league agents and their influence in the NRL.
The role of agents is under the microscope with powerful player agent Isaac Moses to have his accreditation cancelled by the NRL after he is alleged to have breached his obligations three years when he assisted former client Tim Mannah to “give evidence to the NRL that was false and intended to mislead”.
Moses is one of the most influential agents in the competition with the likes of Cameron Smith, Mitchell Moses, David Klemmer and coaches Anthony Seibold and Stephen Kearney part of his stable.
He also handles English duo Josh Hodgson and John Bateman, and has been linked with trying to get Bateman out of his current contract at Canberra to earn more at another club.
Former South Sydney star Burgess believes some agents manipulate and lie to make money for themselves.
The English forward left Bradford at the end of 2009 to join Souths, where he spent nine years apart from one year in rugby union with Bath.
“I came here and I had a manager in the UK, Chris Caisley,” Burgess told TV program NRL 360.
“He’s solicitor really, he’s not a manager, he’s just an advisor. He’s advised me both in my life, financially, to make decisions on contracts but never really based about money.
“It’s always been about opportunity and where it might take you. I feel like over here, and it’s not a shot at any manager at all, it’s a shot at the system, that there’s so much money in the game and a lot of players know what they want, they know want their worth.
“But the managers get in their ear and tell them false figures, create crazy situations and these managers have never played a game in their life.
“They’ve never experienced what a player has experienced, they never know what they’re going through, so they don’t really know what’s going to make them a better player or not. They’re just trying to line their pockets, in my opinion.”
Leading NRL player agent Isaac Moses has had his accreditation terminated by the NRL
— Fox League (@FOXNRL) June 16, 2020
There are more than 100 accredited agents in the NRL but most players are handled by a select few.
“My point is, what is management these days?” Burgess said.
“What does it look like and what are the managers doing for the players? Are they helping to set them up post their career?
“What are the managers doing? Are they educating these players to become better people so post-career so they’re more educated or have invested their money?
“What are they doing? I think there’s space there.”