Bulldogs fullback Will Hopoate has enjoyed Sundays off for the past two seasons, and he reportedly wants to keep it that way.
The off-contract star has a clause in his current contract that exempts him from playing and training on Sundays for religious reasons, and according to AAP, he wishes to include the same on his next deal, wherever that may be (he’s most recently been linked to the Tigers).
“In a perfect world, absolutely I’d like it in my next contract,” Hopoate said. “But I understand we don’t live in a perfect world and you don’t get everything you want.”
It’s crucial that Hopoate realises this, since he’s seeking employment as a rugby league player, a job that’s primarily played on weekends (and a quarter of games on any given week are played on Sunday).
While it’s noble of Hopoate to take a position in line with his religious beliefs, it’s baffling why any club would wish to allocate salary cap space on a player who they know will at times be unavailable when healthy, let alone the disruption that would cause to team cohesion, and the Pandora’s Box it would open with the other religious players within a squad.
Hopoate has played 84 first grade games for the Bulldogs, Eels and Sea Eagles; and 5 Origins for New South Wales.
He is #18 in The Obstruction Rule’s Free Agent Top 100.