October 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
As it turned out AC was correct and Catrakilis still had the option to turn down his “contract” with the Kings even after the CC final. Catrakilis in the end decided not to accept WPRU new offer (believed to be more than the Kings) and to honor his word and go to the Kings for 2013 and 2014.
In the end he made the correct decision because at his age (22) he would like to start as 1st choice FH at a S15 franchise. As I said before I just hope that he added an escape clause to his contract if EP fail to maintain SR status.
So it seems Demetri Catrakilis is Kings bound in the end. To be honest (as I have stated) this is probably his best option as he will be 1st choice FH for a SR union. I just hope he has an escape clause in his contract that he do not get stuck at the EP Kings if they get booted out of the S15 in 2014.
I do think he will probably have a hard time at the Kings as there chances of having a lot of front foot ball are slim to none. But this might help him grow as a player. My only fear is that his confidence gets dented beyond repair.
As for WPRU (as stated by BayLion on a few occasions) they missed a trick by not playing him as back-up in the S15 this season rather going for Francis. They also missed a trick by not giving him a proper contract offer until after the CC final when as it turned out it was to late to change his mind on the Kings.
As defense for the WP admin they were hell bound on signing Elton for next season and most other signings took a back seat. And with AC doubling as coach and talent scout as well as negotiator there is always the chance that he cannot give every matter enough attention.
This is probably still my biggest concern for WPRU. They do not have a Director of Rugby or the equivalent. To do the contracting and scouting of young players. We are still benefiting from all the hard work Rassie did and this might become a bigger problem in years to come. As admin people go they will probably only try to fix it when it is to late.
I read on twitter that this would be the first time a player that won the CC will play 1st div the next season. Bizarre but with the Kings playing SR but not CC it is to be expected.
Demetri thanks for all the work you have done for WP (and trophies) and hope the best of seasons for you.