The National – Tuesday, December 21, 2010
AGMARK Guria Rodney Pora and George Moni have denied claims outright of negotiating contracts with Mt Hagen Eagles next season.
Speaking from Mt Hagen, Pora, the Kumul vice-captain, said he had never been approached by anyone from the Eagles with an offer to join the Western Highlands franchise.
“What was reported is just a slap in the face of our current team, Agmark Rabaul Gurias,” a digusted Pora said.
“Ol mekim kain giaman toktok oslem na ol employer blong mipela long Rabaul bai ino amamas ( They have made false statements and our employer back in Rabaul will not be happy with us),” Pora said in Tok Pisin.
Both Pora and Moni said they were in Hagen to spend time with their families and the information given is misleading.
Pora was also upset when Gurias coaching director Michael Marum rang him to confirm the news.
“Kange boss mi no kisim wanpela tok or mekim toktok long mi bai joinim Eagles. Ol bai lukautim femili bilong mi wantaim ol dispela tok giaman blong ol oh (Kange, boss I have not got any word from them nor have I tried to join the Eagles. Are they going to feed my family with this false information?),” Pora asked.
Moni relayed the same sentiments saying he was in his village outside Hagen and had never met any of the Eagles board or representatives.
Marum said from Kokopo that he was not aware of any moves taken by his three big guns originally from Mt Hagen.
“As far as I know, they are on holidays with their families.” “They will be back with the team for the new season.
“They have not signed with us for 2011, but I’m confident they will be here in Kokopo for pre-season training,” he said.
“I am not aware of any players leaving. However, all players are free agents after the grand final, and it is really their prerogative which club they want to join next year,” he said.
Marum claimed Moni had called him this week saying he was ready to return to Kokopo for the pre-season training.
Both Pora and Moni have confirmed that they will still play for the Gurias.
“Most of my things are still in Rabaul and I have called Michael to send me my ticket to go back and I am still waiting,” Moni said.
Attempts made to get Aiye’s comments failed but it is believed Aiye has not made any commitments to play for other franchises in the 2011 PNGNRL inter-city competition.