SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08: Corey Oates of the Broncos watches on during the round one NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos at UOW Jubilee Oval on March 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

A number of senior Broncos players offered to take $10,000 pay cuts in a bid to keep Corey Oates at Brisbane, as reported by the Courier-Mail.

The plan was rejected by the NRL for violating salary cap rules, but stands as aΒ strong testament to the culture and spirit of the club as they look to secure their first premiership since 2006.

It is understood that Oates will nonetheless stay on with the Broncos on an extended contract worth about $500,000 a season, with the deal yet to be announced but widely considered to be all but confirmed.

Oates’ signature would be a huge coup for the salary cap restrained Broncos, with a host of much larger offers from competing clubs initially expected to sway the star wing to a new destination.

The commitment the Broncos players have shown is an encouraging sign for the club, despite veteran coach Wayne Bennett’s imminent and unwillingly departure from the club past the 2019 season.

Bennett was the first ever coach of the Broncos in 1988, a position he retained for a 532-game stint until 2008. He rejoined the Broncos in 2015, and has since contributed another 95 games for the club.


  1. Meanwhile in late 2015 ahead of the 2016 season Souths were FORCED by the NRL to pay Sam Burgess $350K MORE than his previous contract which he was prepared to sign for after 12 months out of the game!

    Following this James Roberts had his market value set by the NRL to $500K and the NRL said they would not register a contract for any less. A short will later the Broncos were allowed to sign Roberts for $300K while Souths had a contract on the table for $500K!!!

    So the Broncos and the Roosters are allowed to “salary sacrifice” and determine their own market values while Souths had to shed 3 players to accomodate Sam Burgess in 2016. Sounds fair.

    As long as the NRL play favourites with the Roosters and the Broncos when it comes to the salary cap the salary cap system will always be a joke and clubs that are penalised for minor breaches should combine in a class action to sue the NRL for their blatant prejudice and inconsistency.

    • The salary cap should be scrapped and the clubs given say $15 million (?) all up to pay their top 30 (?) players. If the club wants to pay a player $1 million, then someone down the line misses out. This would cut out the $500k and a $500 third party payments If sponsors want to donate they can but the clubs can only spend $15 million.

      • Sounds like a good idea but I would go with an unlimited salary cap, then if clubs get into difficulty they will get booted and new franchise will take their place from another state.πŸ’ͺπŸŽ―πŸ‘Š It will make some Sydney clubs relocate, Merge or go under.βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”

      • I’m all for it chalky but the iceberg that sinks your Titanic are TPA’s. There is no way around them and no way to police them which is why they MUST be included as part of the cap. Even then players will sue the NRL for restraint of trade in capping their earning potential.

        The other option is like Woody suggests, that they remove the salary cap altogether and finally the Rabbitohs will get to compete on the same footing as the Roosters! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        Of course this will lead to a competition where there is a segregation between “the HAVE’S” and “the HAVE NOT’S” which could lead to the demise and disappearances of a number of clubs in the competition. This could include the Rabbitohs though however if ever Russell Crowe and James Packer abandon ship. At the very least it would result in the Rabbitohs being forced to relocate to Perth (their “Plan B”).

    • Corey Oates would make an excellent Rooster, excepting less money to win a premiership is what we are looking for. The only problem with Oates doing this maneuver at Brisbane is that they have no hope of fixing their leaking defence which has been hemorrhaging for the past 2 or three seasons and Bennett has no answers to fix the bleeding. β›‘πŸš‘

      • ALL rep players “would make an excellent Rooster” in your estimation Woody. The players that AREN’T rep players are “the chicks Nick Politis rejects!”

        Can we at least pretend that the Roosters ARE salary cap compliant before you recruit the whole Australian team and STILL remain under the cap? Except for Sharon Woods though, you are welcome to him.

        It beggars belief that Oates would stay at the Broncos IF reports are true that he wants to play in the back row when Bennett has made it clear that he will NEVER play him there. At least he would have had a real shot at playing in the back row for Souths but I would much prefer TPJ.

        • Reg you have no clue.
          1. Woods is an elite forward, look at his stats and input even from the bench averaged more metres than rcg
          2. Rooster are most likely under the cap, surely they’ve been investigated
          3. Oates never wanted to blay back row, him and Bennett pulled a prank on the media

        • 1. No one on this site would agree with you and his stats across the board compared to other forwards (other than just RCG) don’t back you up.

          Also, a good measure of effort and performance (supercoach) shows he is a “nuffy”, an also ran, a dud. He makes half his yards running in reverse butt end first!

          He rarely runs the ball up hard and when he does he NEVER bends the line and often looks to offload BEFORE contact.

          2. Where is your proof? Particularly that they have been investigated by the NRL?

          Again almost everyone on this site would disagree with you.

          3. Again where is your proof or are you part of Papa Smurf’s Jacuzzi club?

        • Of coarse the Roosters have been investigated by the NRL. Ian Schubert, what a Rooster star he was, investigates them every year, He has found nothing. Nothing at all, absolutely zilch. and it was appropriate actions on the Shoey’s part that after the grand final he was on stage to hand the trophy over to the Roosters. Uncle Nick, we love “The Shoe”πŸ’ͺπŸ€‘πŸ‘

        • No Woody Schubert found a cheque in the mail each time and the offer of on going employment to “cook the chooks books” there after.

          The former NRL salary cap auditor as the Roosters salary cap controller and club accountant. Quite a coup old boy, without a doubt the Roosters greatest signing to date! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        • bluecastle, stats are not the only measure of a player you know. Woods is a good team man and plays his role, but he is not an elite forward in my opinion. To be an elite prop who is a walk up to representative footy you would like a player to be feared by the opposition. Woods might average good metres but he doesn’t make a dent in the opposition or force 4 tacklers in to take him down. If I had a choice between him and RCG I would take RCG in a hearbeat.

        • πŸ‘πŸ»

          “Balsa Woods” is as soft as cotton wool and relies too much on “the skunk defence” of running in reverse “smelly end first”.

          Sharon Woods would struggle in the NRLW. Even Ruan Sims would knock his lights out but he would probably scream and pass the ball long before then. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        • You’re kidding right? He averaged over 150 m for 4 years before this year when he was on the bench and you ask any person who actually knows the game, woods is a gun who regularly attracts 3 or 4 defenders and gets an offload. He may not be the hardest runner but hes probably the smartest. He constantly threatens the d with an offload attracts 3 or more defenders and gets over 120m a game. Not bad for someone who’s “soft”

        • Well, I actually know the game, having been involved in it at some level for the past 30 years, and I don’t think he is a gun. Like I said, he plays his role in the team, but he is not a gun. I have also had a conversation with Steve Roach about him. Blocker was hesitant to bag him as he considers him a mate, but he was quite adamant in saying that he doesn’t think he should be in any representative teams as he does not strike fear in the opposition. Now Blocker is one of the best Props I have seen play the game and I think his opinion on the matter carries some weight.

          You are entitled to your opinion, but so am I, so don’t presume I don’t know anything about the game if it differs to yours.

        • I think bluecastle2204 we are getting confused between Aaron Woods and Sharon Woods. I’m going off his last games for the Tigers, his brief cameo at the Bulldogs (where you could see him fair dinkum hiding behind his mate David Klemmer) and his bench warming debut with the Sharks.

          You did see his performances for Australia in the last two tests right? And you’ve read the reviews and comments others have posted about his performances?

          Put it this way, look at the way Sam Burgess, both Burgess twins, David Klemmer, Marty Taupau, Jake T. and Dylan Napa run the ball and play the game and compare that to Woods.

          They don’t back off at the last minute but commit to bend the defensive line BEFORE looking to offload the ball. Meanwhile Woods slows down, goes into reverse and then backs up the bus… beep, beep, beep.

          Compare Woods’s stats and scores in super coach they rates a performance on it’s merit instead of by reputation. Woods is a “nuffy”.

    • Time to move past it mate, it was 3 years ago now. Although if we are going to bring up past grievances lets not forget when Eric Grothe Jnr wasn’t allowed to take a pay cut so Kevin Kingston could stay at thed Eels.

      • Neeeeveeeeer!

        We was robbed I tell ya’ and we lost 3 loyal Rabbitohs (including Chris McQueen) to comply with the NRL’s 11th hour demands. Then it happened all over again with Jimmy “the dog” Roberts!

        Meanwhile other clubs get away with murder re their salary cap non-compliance. So monumentally unfair. I’m still in therapy over this mate. πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺ

        • Have a sook Reggy. The difference is Roberts got screwed by the Titans and with the lateness of the year most clubs had most of their cap sorted. If you want to sign/re-sign a marquee player which at the time Burgess was you have to expect to pay top $$

        • I have articulated the argument well enough, if you can’t join the dots then I suggest you stick to crayons and give the keyboard away.

          Btw “Chris40” (with no previous history on ZT) what a coincidence you make your first post when my “groupie” goes missing and is butthurt and licking his wounds. I’m not fooled for one second. I’m not interested in “shadow” boxing, so pass.

    • You do realise that Roberts had his signature forged which forced his hand to leave hence why he was allowed to sign for less at a rival club

    • Reggie Reagan mate. Didn’t Sam Burgess come back to Souths as a duel international. He went on to play 5 or 6 tests for England in Union. The NRL knew his value was to be risen after such an amazing effort. When Sony Will Billions came over to the Roosters after becoming a duel international the NRL raised his value also. Yes the Roosters tried to get him for less but they were told to up his contract also. The Roosters had to let a stack of players go including Braith Anasta, Sam Perrett, Joseph Leilua, Brad Takairangi, Tom Symonds 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

      • A dual international yes but a year out of the game and badly down on form and confidence. It took Sam the first half of 2016 to even begin to resemble the player he was in 2014.

        Hey Woody, in 2013 didn’t SBW come to the Roosters as a dual international?

    • Roosters are paying Cronk and Tedesco $1M a year, what are you talking about?

      The rest of our players were either sacked by their old club (Fergo, Tetevano and Keary) or are 1 club players who have come through our systems (e.g. Tupou, Latrell, Manu, JWH*, Friend, Napa, Cordner, Maubs, Radley, Liu, Taukeiaho*, Butcher, Collins, Matterson).

      * = technically played for another club but only a few games as a nobody.

      Not our fault you chose to throw all your money at a broken GI, Gagai and welfare payments to the Burgess family. The problem with Souffs is that they have no soul. Whereas we have built up a core group of players then signed a couple of marquees (both with Roosters connections as Teddy’s always been a Roosters fan and Cronk’s dad grew up supporting them in Bronte – you can’t buy that sort of connection).

      • Teddy’s junior club the Camden Rams just so happen to have the same colours as the Roosters which is the source of this nonsense that Tedesco was always a Roosters fan. I’ll admit I’m dirty the Tigers lost Tedesco, an amazing player that the Tigers bred and the Roosters bought.

      • Did you change your profile name Russ? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        “you can’t buy that sort of connection”

        You just DID! Bahahahahahahahahahahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • and Korbin Sims was allowed to leave the knights on a 350k deal for 85k at the broncos.
      Its all hypocrisy at the highest level.

      • That’s right billy boooiyeee! Meanwhile the Eels miss out on Israel Folou and Souths lose 3 players to re-sign Sam Burgess for $350K more than he was prepared to sign for.

        Some people just don’t want to see the truth that a couple of clubs are clearly favoured at the expense of the rest.

      • I would argue the burger boy was a necessary upgrade hehehehe – folau, on the other hand – what a mess.
        Gasnier – 50K for half a season also springs to mind in the realm of inconsistencies

        • Yes you would argue billy boooiyeee but as a Rabbit I have selective hearing so I wouldn’t hear it and as I told Woody, we Rabbits are far-sighted and we do not see very well up close so we only see what we want to see in any case.

          The evidence is undeniable billy. I’ve already presented an ironclad case for the defence. Double standards billy, Souths got screwed. You need to eat some carrots son and then you will see things clearly like I do. πŸ₯•πŸ₯•πŸ₯•

        • rabbits also have the habit getting caught in the headlights of cars and getting run over on country lanes πŸ™‚

        • No eels47, that’s an imposed curfew with an electronic ankle strap but that’s a story for another day. πŸ˜‰

  2. This is a big test for the NRL here. Any player who is “willing” to take a pay cut would surely raise red flags regarding potential illegal payments.

    I see this as just another way of dodging the cap and should not be allowed.

      • Oh I never waste my time reading the articles eels47. These are mostly made up of rumour and conjecture with scant regard to the facts. Besides, I always find that facts get in the way of a good argument in any case. Much better to go with a stream of consciousness approach and see where that leads. πŸ˜‰

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