'Are you serious': NRL great in fiery live TV clash with reporter

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
NRL great Greg Alexander (pictured left) pointing during an argument with Paul Kent (pictured right).
NRL great Greg Alexander (pictured left) and Paul Kent (pictured right) argued over the code's contract saga involving the Penrith Panthers. (Images: Fox Sports)

NRL great Greg Alexander has let rip at reporter Paul Kent after an argument ensued over Josh Mansour and Matt Burton's contract drama.

Alexander and Kent entered into an argument about contract negotiations in the NRL after Burton signed a deal to join the Bulldogs in 2022.

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But the young half is stuck behind Nathan Cleary and Jarome Lui, while the Bulldogs want him to join as soon as possible.

However, the Panther's won't release Burton even though he would most likely begin playing in first grade straight away, rather than reserve grade.

Penrith point out Burton is under contract for one more year, but some fans claimed double standards after Mansour was released from his contract because he wasn't playing first grade.

This prompted a debate between Penrith great Alexander and Kent.

“Why is it OK for you to call in Josh Mansour and say ‘mate, you won’t be playing first grade next year so go now’ and yet Matt Burton who has a contract sitting at another club, wants to go and you guys go ‘no, you have to stay’,” Kent said on Fox Sports' NRL 360.

“Because Josh Mansour was on more money than he should have been,” Alexander said in reply.

“Too much money that we could pay him again next year and not re-sign one of the players we desperately needed to keep."

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But Kent hit back claiming it appeared to be double standards.

“But why is it fair for you to get rid of him and not let Matt Burton go?” Kent said.

“Who’s fair? Are you serious? Are you being serious saying fair?” Alexander added.

Alexander argued that the Panther's did not need to release Burton because he was under contract and that was the bottom line.

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