I think clubs get pissed at players stalling/using leverage in negotiations through their agents because there is probably a lot of time and planning that goes into these negotiations and the legal costs from the clubs perspective in going back and forth with crossing the t's and dotting the i's. And then making sure the NRL approves/registers it. Probably why teams (like the Raiders with Tedesco) get pissed when players renege on contract agreements, or why negotiations seem to be a bigger distraction for players then we think. Who knows what is true and what is not I guess. The most accurate narrative would be that he wants to set himself up well financially going forward for his young family (another kid on the way too?) which would be a plausible narrative. All we hear about is careers being short and this contract is a very important one from his perspective setting him up for his prime years. Then there is talk he may not want to play past 30 or pursue other interests. The whole way a player can be approached after November 1st the year before they are off contract is probably one of the most stupid things in this sport but that's a discussion for another thread. And when you add on the accrued legal costs of negotiations going back that far it's just another reason to scrap this ridiculous system.