Below is an extract and quote from an Eels player manager and this is the thing I really don't get and it is why TPA's must be stopped.
"This manager said he had a player sign with the club on a deal worth $200,000 a season with $175,000 guaranteed and the other $25,000 made up of third party agreements (TPAs).
“I’m still chasing them for the third parties,” the agent revealed.
Now, what I don't get is this. How can a Manager have a player sign with a club for $200k, with $175k guaranteed by the club (which is fine) and then the other $25K made up of TPA's, and then come out and say he is STILL chasing them (the Club, like with Foran and Manly) for the TPA's, when the club is NOT ALLOWED TO BE INVOLVED IN ANY WAY WITH TP fucking A's.
This is not a rant about trying to say we have done nothing wrong, we have, I accept that, but the whole TPA thing is just an absolutely joke. If I am a player and my manager says "Hey Sign here for $xx, I've got $xx guaranteed and $xx in TPAs and that is the best offer" my simple question is "What is willing to offer the most guaranteed?" Because that is the best offer, cause TPAs by DEFINITION cannot be Guaranteed by anyone involved with the Club. If I'm joining a club based on some TPA top up's, you can bet your ask I am asking for a contract from the company providing the TPA, NOT the club I am signing with, because I KNOW they cant be involved in them.
I'm telling you, it is the scum bag Managers that are responsible for this mess. The 4.5%ers or whatever it is they call them. I bet you they take there cut based on the full amount, not just the guaranteed amount.
Seriously, every time a player moves clubs you here about his TPA's and how much of his contract it is, but seriously, how many of these knuckle heads are even worth a TPA? Every Tom Dick and Harry seems to be promised one, but sorry, there are only a few players from each team that are worth a pinch of shit or more in TPA's. Seriously, in the above example, no player worth $175k Gauranteed is worth $25k in TPA's, $175K wouldn't even make you a rep player or a TOP 10 player at a club, but we are supposed to believe some business honchos are willing to part with $25k for him to show up at a gold day? Please, you are having me on Player Managers.
Ahhhh, fuck it all, its just a joke. Grrrrrrr