John Bateman's contract drama with the Canberra Raiders has raised questions about the role of managers and player agents in the NRL.
The Raiders cut Bateman loose on Tuesday after the deadline passed and they hadn't heard whether he would stay in the capital.
Coach Ricky Stuart was disappointed and fans are devastated to lose another quality player, but was Canberra's decision a stance that will set them up for the future.
Listen to The Canberra Times sport podcast for all the latest Raiders news as they prepare to return home for the first time since March.
The ACT Brumbies are also back in action on a Canberra sport double-header, we dissect the ACT government's decision not to bid for the FIFA women's World Cup and breakdown the impact of the AIS Arena closure.