Can Thaiday soap opera be sanitised?
THE Sam Thaiday issue bubbling along at the Broncos needs to be depicted in its correct light, and not as the soap opera being portrayed in some media outlets.
It is a delicate issue for those implicated.
The three main characters seemingly involved in the drama are - in their own way - headline acts in the game and very influential.
But only two of them - Wayne Bennett and Sam Thaiday - will decide Sam's future.
Gorden Tallis, a mate of Sam but not an admirer of the Broncos coach, has become the third major player in the soap opera. And it appears that is where the angst has developed and is being perpetuated.
Tallis is a larger-than-life figure, and a significant voice.
He was when he played and he is now in a media role encompassing radio, TV and newspapers.
But it should not be forgotten that he dislikes his former Broncos coach.
And that came to a head earlier this year when the Broncos former captain, life member, hall of famer and three-time premiership winner became a Gold Coast Titans ambassador.
As disappointing as that may be for Broncos fans, big Geordie is entitled to make those decisions.
As he once famously said, 'we don't all talk to our former schoolteachers'.
But he seems to have taken the Sam Thaiday issue personally, and the punters could be excused for thinking he is on a crusade to have Sam leave the Broncos.
When Thaiday was selected on the bench after round one, Tallis described the decision as disrespectful to a club legend. Bennett had publically criticised Thaiday for ill-discipline and challenged him to produce his best from the bench.
Thaiday has done just that, his game against the Roosters last week being his best for the Broncos in years.
Now Tallis is saying the Bennett move backfired with Thaiday - unsigned for next season - able to demand more on the open market.
But surely that is an all-round plus. Firstly he is playing much better, contributing more and earning the big dollars he is already being paid. And if his stakes have risen, then he is now sitting in the box seat.
Whether the actions of the 719-game NRL coach have been a masterstroke or a dud cannot be judged on two good games. The road ahead is a long one, starting against a brutal Dragons pack tonight.
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