Premiership in danger of losing talents - Andy Goode

Andy Goode played 17 Tests for England between 2005 and 2009
Andy Goode played 17 Tests for England between 2005 and 2009

Former England fly-half Andy Goode has warned Premiership Rugby of losing talents as long as the resolution between the clubs and agents has not been met.

The representatives will receive a commission of five to 10 percent from the clubs for the every deal signed which is outside the original contract.

However, there was stern opposition from the 13 clubs in June as they demanded that the commission has to be paid by the players instead leading to a tussle with the agents.

Writing in his column on Rugby Pass, Goode, who represented England in 17 Tests between 2005 and 2009 and has racked over 200 Premiership games said the overseas clubs might seize on the opportunity to lure Premiership bound players.

"In the meantime, it is the players who are pawns in all this and the Premiership is suffering as well as them," wrote Goode on his column on Rugby Pass.

"No business is being done at the moment and perhaps Duane Vermeulen [a recent signing for Ulster] would have been plying his trade in England rather than Northern Ireland had this row not been going on.

"If all is resolved in mediation next week, people will forget about this very quickly but if it’s allowed to drag on, Premiership clubs will miss out on more of the world’s top stars and players will begin to leave the league in greater numbers.

"Here’s hoping both parties see the need for a speedy resolution."

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