So I thought it was about time I voiced my opinion on the Ryan Bailey / Jon Wilkin saga, albeit a little late. I am a little disappointed that still after all this time that players make the mistake of bringing our brilliant game to the National Press in a negative way.
Now I know people will think that my views are biased due to my allegiance to Leeds Rhinos, but after one of the greatest grand finals there has ever been, the only thing people are talking about is the article in The Sun whereby Jon Wilkin moans about the way that Ryan Bailey celebrated after the win on Saturday.
Part of me understands where he is coming from. Ryan maybe should have acted slightly better when in front of the St Helen players, as no one likes a show off or a smug winner. And maybe he should have apologised in the public eye. But maybe Jon should have thought before he spoke to the press, our game doesn’t need any more negativity from its own players.
How would he have felt if he had won in the way that Leeds did – written off for the whole of the season, winning his 5th grand final ring, all at the end of his biggest season of his career. Isn’t the fact that he went to The Sun, not thinking before he acts to. So isn’t he guilty of a similar thing.
I hope it’s not sour grapes and I wish that some of his teammates hadn’t joined in, Jamie Foster in particular. We can do without this. They’re comments are too a demonstration of ‘childish’ behaviour.
I think after the season that Ryan has had, it is brilliant news that he has called up for England. He has been our most improved player this year. Yeah, I know he’s hated throughout the league by fans from all teams apart from Leeds, however, isn’t all that hate meant to be put aside when they don an England shirt? I’d be the first to admit that I dislike players that play for other clubs, Sam Tomkins being one of them, but if he’s in an England shirt then I would never dream of booing him & I think the majority of fans would think the same, regardless of the minority at the game at Headingley last year.
I guess my overall thoughts on this whole saga are ones of sadness. It’s a shame when something so good is overshadowed by something so ridiculous. Let’s just hope it all gets forgotten about in the next few weeks when the two have to be teammates.