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Tupou won't fit under cap

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by fLIP, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

    +1,324 /37
    Despite interest from other clubs Sydney Roosters powerhouse Anthony Tupou is likely to stay at Bondi Junction.

    MANLY boss Grant Mayer believes "significant pressure" is being applied on the salary cap by rival NRL clubs after conceding the Sea Eagles may miss out on Roosters forward Anthony Tupou.

    While not accusing the Roosters or other teams of rorting the cap, Mayer believes player payments have reached a stage where clubs may have to shed players mid-season like the Knights did last year with Clint Newton.

    "With the astronomical money being thrown around to players I believe clubs we'll be forced to rework their salary caps mid year as opposed to the end of the season," Mayer said yesterday.

    "Clint Newton was the tip of the iceberg.

    "I'm sure if reports that the Wests Tigers (deferring payments to players) are true, clubs will be forced to be more creative with their salary caps to move forward."

    Mayer said Tupou appears likely to remain at Bondi Junction, on a deal believed to be worth more than $400,000 a year.

    "We are hearing that he will be staying at the Roosters," Mayer said.

    "If Nick (Roosters chairman Nick Politis) wants to keep somebody, Nick keeps somebody."

    But Roosters CEO Brian Canavan said negotiations with Tupou are "on-going".

    "We'd obviously like to retain him," Canavan said yesterday.

    "He's come through all the ranks here and is held in high regard as a person and as a player."

    Canavan said the Roosters are yet to offer a contract to Tupou.

    "Not on paper," he said.

    "We've discussed ball-park (figures).

    "I can't say any more."

    Tigers CEO Steve Noyce was quoted in The Daily Telegraph last month of asking his players to accept deferred payments on their salaries. "Like a lot of clubs, we have rearranged some contracts because of changing circumstances," he said.

    "The players have put the club first. They are not pay cuts, they are deferments."
  2. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    They are not called Rorters for nothing!!!
  3. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    Of course they're rorting the system and of course won't be caught.  Doesn't everyone know that Ian Shubert played for the Roosters.
  4. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

    +4 /0
    He was also a Sea Eagle....
  5. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

    +2,764 /88
    In todays paper they having Topou siging with us this week
  6. kingyfan

    kingyfan Member

    +5 /0
    PARRAMATTA playmaker Brett Finch will open negotiations with rival NRL clubs by the end of the week, with the Eels yet to make an offer to keep him beyond this season.

    Until now, Finch has refused to speak with interested clubs because of his preference to remain under coach Michael Hagan at Parramatta.

    But the chances of him staying are fast evaporating, with Eels football manager Andrew Hill confirming last night that the 25-year-old should not expect an offer this week.

    "We can't afford to wait any longer," said Finch's manager, Steve Gillis, when told of Hill's remarks. "We have made a concerted effort to negotiate first and foremost with Parramatta, and we haven't spoken to any clubs who have approached Brett for that reason.

    "We would expect to see an offer within a fortnight - but we are going to have to start talking to other clubs by the end of the week. Time's running out."

    Parramatta are struggling to find enough room under their salary cap for Finch, who was the players' player in the Eels' loss to the Gold Coast on Friday night and one of the favourites to play halfback for NSW in the State of Origin series. He could command as much as $350,000 per season on the open market because of the dearth of off-contract playmakers.

    One solution is releasing hooker Mark Riddell from the final year of his contract so he can play in the UK Super League after this season.

    Riddell has already had discussions with Wigan, while Celtic Crusaders, who are hopeful of inclusion in next year's Super League, have expressed an interest.

    But with no firm offer on the table, Riddell hasn't asked Parramatta for a release.

    "It's a matter of what Brett wants to do. It's up to him whether he stays," Hill said. "There's no doubt that there is going to be interest in him from other clubs. If there's an offer too good to refuse and he wants to take it, that's his decision. A few things have to happen before we can put an offer on the table."

    Gillis refused to disclose which NRL clubs are interested in Finch, although it is understood Manly are not one of them - despite their desperate need for a five-eighth to partner Matt Orford.

    The Sea Eagles are also expected to sign Roosters lock Anthony Tupou to a $1.62 million deal, possibly as soon as this week.

    The Bulldogs have room to move under their salary cap and are believed to be eyeing other halfbacks, with Daniel Holdsworth out of favour with some at the club because of a belief he doesn't run the ball frequently enough.

    The Panthers are also on the lookout for a playmaker after missing out on Raiders halfback Todd Carney.

    Whether the Dragons pursue Finch will depend on whether international centre Matt Cooper decides to stay and play under Wayne Bennett next season. The Dragons' hopes of retaining Cooper are likely to depend on talks this week with Bennett.

    Cooper, who is considering lucrative offers from the Bulldogs and Wigan, is building a house in Wollongong and recently opened a cafe at Dapto with teammate Simon Woolford.

    With Bennett last week meeting Dragons recruitment manager Craig Young for the first time since being appointed, Cooper said discussions about his role under the six-times premiership mentor would help decide his future. "I'm going to have to have a chat to him before I make any decision - it's something I'm going to have to do in the next few days." Cooper told AAP. "Hopefully it works out and I get to stay. I'd love to stay, I'm comfortable here."

    After finally confirming the promotion of assistant coach Kevin Moore to the top job at a press conference today, the Bulldogs will begin focusing on signing new players, with Cooper and Storm prop Jeff Lima heading their list of targets.

    Should Cooper leave, the Dragons seem to have a readymade replacement in 18-year-old Arncliffe junior Dean Whare, who scored three tries in the NYC team's 20-18 win over North Queensland on Saturday.


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