Trent Barrett sacked; Paul Vaughan swipe at journalists; NRL future, news, updates

Bulldogs star Paul Vaughan has been told to look at himself in the mirror after his crack at a waiting media pack following Trent Barrett’s departure as coach.

Vaughan couldn’t resist taking a swipe at reporters gathered outside Belmore after training was cancelled and players sent home on Monday.

“Do you have to?” he asked. “Do you have to? Do you have to? You’re the worst kind of people, eh?”

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The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Crawley, however, said Vaughan was the last person who should be taking pot shots.

“Vaughan has his wise little crack at the media this week but he might want to look in the mirror because he’s gone from being a $800,000 footballer at the Dragons and a former Test prop to getting the last 15 months of his wage cut when he got sacked from the Dragons,” Crawley said on NRL360 on Tuesday.

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Vaughan was banned for eight matches and fined $50,000 after hosting 12 teammates at his Shellharbour home for a barbecue in contravention of the league’s strict biosecurity protocols in 2021.

The 31-year-old was later sacked by the Dragons before the Bulldogs threw him a lifeline in the form of a one-year deal, but on a significantly reduced salary.

“He’s gone across to the Bulldogs I understand on about $400,000 and I don’t think he’ll be there next year,” Crawley said.

“He’ll probably end up in England on about $100,000.”

NRL360 host Paul Kent then confirmed there was no interest from rival clubs.

“They can’t sell him,” Kent said.

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“He’s been shopped around already. I think it’s pretty much fait accompli that he’s going to England because there’s not an NRL club that’s interested.”

Crawley then doubled down and said Vaughan needed to take responsibility for his part in Barrett’s demise.

“Paul Vaughan had his crack at the media, but where’s his part in Trent Barrett’s downfall?” he asked.

“He’s the one out on the field, he’s part of those losses that’s cost Barrett his career.”

The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio then revealed Vaughan actually could have earned another contract had Barrett not been punted.

“His greatest ally is now gone,” he said.

“Two weeks ago Trent was considering keeping Vaughan — I think that door closes.”

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