Captain calls it a day
Rugby League: The man who led the Sunshine Coast Falcons to its first finals series in years has retired from rugby league, after contract negotiations with the Intrust Super Club outfit
The versatile backrower, who has played for Redcliffe, Easts and the Falcons at state league level, broke the news to family and friends on social media on Monday evening.
Giess, 28, came to the Falcons from Easts alongside coach Craig 'Trigger' Ingebrigtsen at the start of 2016 and was instrumental in helping the Falcons reach its first Intrust Super Cup
finals series in some years.
Falcons CEO Chris Flannery stressed Ingebrigtsen was eager to keep the skipper, but budget constraints stalled negotiations and the young father decided it was time to give it away.
Giess said the new contract he'd been offered would've been a "substantial downgrade” from the one which brought him to the Coast.
He said he started to worry toward the back end of the 2016 season, when he saw teammates had been signed for 2017 and beyond.
"Being captain I thought that's what would've happened with me,” he said.
He believes off-season spending on ex-NRL stars also didn't help his cause.
"It seems in the transaction it's always the player who is expected to give.
It never goes the other way,” the primary school teacher said.
"It got to the point where you've got to stand up for yourself and what you think you deserve.
You can't just play because you love the game, because often, the game doesn't love you back.
"Injuries, lost time with family ... the transactions for a long time have been weighted toward the clubs too much because they play on people's emotions.
They say 'it's the mateship which keeps you in it'.”
Giess said the split won't affect the relationship he has formed with Ingebrigtsen, who he, and his brother Grant, are and were close friends with.
"I'm close with Trigger and this doesn't change that.
"Like I said, it's a business and he is an employee of the business. He has no say in what I get paid.”
Flannery said he was unsure whether Giess wanted to play in 2017 and it wasn't until he approached the club, that negotiations started.
"He had a break after the (preliminary final) against Redcliffe and came back to me in December and said he was keen to have another run,” Flannery said.
"He asked if we could put an offer together. We did, and all through December negotiations went back and forth. I was still hopeful after Christmas that we might get an answer but unfortunately
the offer doesn't seem to be where it needs to be for Giessy.”