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Rebels might pick at Storm carcass

By Guy Hand 23/04/2010 05:31:06 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne Rebels chairman Harold Mitchell hasn't ruled out the new Super Rugby franchise picking over the carcass of the Storm after the salary cap shame which threatens to disband the NRL club's star-studded squad.

The Rebels accepted the resignation of disgraced administrator Brian Waldron - whom they poached from the Storm in January - on Friday.

Waldron oversaw the salary cap rorting uncovered by the NRL this week, which resulted in the Storm being stripped of their two premierships and fined a total of $1.6 million.

Mitchell admitted the prospect of the Storm having to release some of their stars to fit under the salary cap in future seasons could mean the Rebels swoop ahead of their debut next year.

Star Storm backs Greg Inglis and Cooper Cronk - a former Australian Schoolboys rugby player - would appear the most likely targets for the Rebels.

"It's possible - there are some people that live in Melbourne. I'm told they have got some incredible and great players," Mitchell told reporters on Friday.

"If they want to continue on in Melbourne, we've probably got a reason to talk to them.

"But we don't want to take advantage of someone else's misfortune at the minute, but who knows where all that will lead in the future?"

Waldron's toxicity in the aftermath of the Storm scandal has led to the Rebels calling in the auditors to look over the deals their ex-chief executive has already signed off on.

But Mitchell said he was confident everything would be above board.

"I need to know everything," he said.

"That's the way you have to be in things, in life you have to know the details of where and how.

"We've got an outstanding group around us and we don't need to (review the books) but we just like looking at everything.

"I'm absolutely confident the books are right."

He said he had not asked Waldron about the specifics of the salary cap rort.

But he admitted he was concerned about the former CEO's welfare - saying Waldron was "not feeling too well".

"He's a bit shaken by all of this and I wanted him to take all that into account," Mitchell said.

"He was very good. He understood that the Rebels don't need the attention of all of this.

"Quite frankly I told him to make himself scarce for a while, because he doesn't need 10 or 12 (microphones) in front of him."

Long-term Australian Rugby Union official Pat Wilson has been appointed the Rebels' acting CEO.

Meanwhile, the Rebels have secured two more signatures for next season - experienced All Blacks prop Greg Somerville and New Zealand Maori lock Hoani MacDonald.

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