The Sydney Roosters have confirmed the departure of nine players from their 2018 squad, with Blake Ferguson and Ryan Matterson headlining the list changes.

Ferguson will join the Eels in 2019 after 91 appearances and 51 tries for the Roosters, while Matterson moves to the Tigers after 60 games and 10 four-pointers for Sydney.

Joining the duo are Sean O’Sullivan, Reece Robinson, Kurt Baptiste, Mitchell Cornish, Eloni Vunakece, Paul Momirovski and Frank-Paul Nuuausala.

Nuuausala, Vunakece and Cornish have all announced their retirements from football, with all three pursuing jobs away from the sport.

O’Sullivan has officially joined the Broncos after his one appearance and one try for the club.

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  1. Excellent, now they can make a play for Klemmer, Johnson and Hayne with plenty of cap space left over ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • NRL talking to clubs to publish figures on TPAs
          Author
          Brad Walter
          NRL.com Senior Reporter
          Timestamp
          Mon 19 Feb 2018, 07:44 PM
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          The NRL will retain third-party agreements outside the salary cap but is considering publishing the total amount each club’s players earn through private sponsorship deals.
          NRL chief operating officer Nick Weeks said players’ individual earnings would not be disclosed but he believes greater transparency would help dispel many of the concerns about the amount some clubs are able to attract in third-party agreements.
          Club chief executives were last week shown a breakdown of third-party agreements, which revealed only three clubs had players whose combined earnings from private sponsorships exceeded $500,000 in 2017.

          The club with the most valuable private sponsorship deals – understood to be the Melbourne Storm – has players earning a total of $788,000, while Brisbane Broncos and Penrith Panthers stars have combined third party agreements of about $550,000 each.
          That order is likely to change this season following the departures of Matt Moylan and Bryce Cartwright from the Panthers.
          The fourth club, believed to be based outside of Sydney, has third party agreements totalling just above $300,000, while another two had private deals worth more than $200,000 each and six clubs were below $100,000, with the lowest being $26,000.
          Sydney Roosters are believed to be mid-table.

          Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater.
          ยฉGregg Porteous / NRL Photos
          “There is a lot of misinformation around about third-party agreements and part of our job as the governing body is to address that,” Weeks said. “We have got some discussions with the clubs and players to advance that.
          “We are open to a range of measures to increase understanding and transparency around the cap, including potentially making those figures available.”
          Those discussions revolve around the publication of the amount each club’s star players earn through third-party agreements, which include:
          Marquee player allowances, capped at $600,000 per club;
          Whole of game sponsorship leveraging, often with State of Origin sponsors or government organisations;
          Tools of trade, usually contra deals for boots or headgear; and
          Arm’s-length agreements, which are private deals between players and sponsors.
          The total amount of third-party agreements in 2017 was $9.6 million spread among 198 players.

          Of that amount, $3.76m is paid by the private sector and goes to 93 players. However, eight players earn 50 per cent of that figure.
          Among the most well-known third-party agreements are star Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater, with Australian Bananas and Powerade, and his club and representative captain Cameron Smith’s deal with VB.
          Broncos forward Sam Thaiday is another player with high profile third-party agreements and has secured deals with a number of government and indigenous organisations in Queensland as he heads towards the end of his career.

          Brisbane Broncos forward Sam Thaiday.
          ยฉKylie Cox / NRL Photos
          “I think it is important that private information about player remuneration is retained in confidence,” Weeks said.
          Since the Parramatta Eels salary cap scandal in 2016, the amount of third-party deals in comparison to the salary cap has dropped from 12% to 6%.
          Private sponsorship deals comprise 53% of all third-party agreements and this is the area most likely to cause concern for the NRL salary cap auditors.

          However, the fact that 83% of all private sponsorship deals are with State of Origin stars or New Zealand and England Test representatives provides comfort, while the other 17 per cent are mostly young players with a high profile.
          “We’ve adopted some changes in recent years that have arrested some of the trends we have seen around third-party agreements,” Weeks said.
          “We will continue looking at ways we can refine the process but I don’t see any other option which would result in a wholesale change to the current system.”

          Weeks said that the effectiveness of the salary cap was demonstrated by the fact that 12 clubs have won the grand final since 2000, a figure which suggests the NRL is the most closely contested competition of any football code in world sport.
          “What we have seen is 75% of our teams have won the competition since 2000 and that is significantly higher than any other major sports league in this country or around the world,” Weeks said.
          In comparison, the percentage of winning teams over the same period in AFL is 56%, Super Rugby 50%, the NFL 34% and EPL 25%.

        • Look out 2041, by the way are you a Soufths supporter estimating that the next premiership is due in 2041. See that why you blokes get every thing mixed up with salary caps because you cant count. 2014+ 43yrs= 2057๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ.

          Anyway if you had of bothered reading a part that effects Souths Englishmen then remember they are on big TPA’S๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ rEAD IT Again in paragraph 5.

        • Oh Woody! Not “Groundhog Day” with YOU? We have been over and over this. Let me remind you AGAIN.

          Reg Reagan October 18, 2018 at 9:12 pm
          The $2.7 million deal to lure Angus Crichton to Roosters

          โ€œIt is understood the Roosters will pay Crichton $1m for 2019 and then $850,000 a season for 2020 and 2021. The final figure comes to $2.7m.โ€

          $2,700,000 divided by 3 = $900,000

          https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/nrl/the-27-million-deal-to-lure-angus-crichton-to-roosters/news-story/9bd2dd153ccec95e137c1816ac80054e

        • Reg Reagan October 18, 2018 at 10:53 pm
          Hey Woody, that was the SAME article that I posted you silly duffer. It only proves MY case, that Crichton is getting $900K (almost $1 mill a year) at the Roosters. He IS getting $1 mill in the 1st year.

        • Reg Reagan October 18, 2018 at 10:56 pm
          No buddy. Where you are getting confused is that the article says;

          โ€œThe Sydney Roosters paid an extra $600,000 over three seasons to lure star backrower Angus Crichton away from Redfern.โ€

          That means they paid $600K more over 3 years for Crichton than Souths were prepared to pay. It does NOT mean the Roosters only paid him $600K a season!!

        • WoodChook October 31, 2018 at 10:10 pm
          Look out 2041, by the way are you a Soufths supporter

          Woody I’m guessing that as the postcode for Balmain is 2041 that he might have stripes instead of a little fluffy tail mate. Google is your friend Woody, just a tip. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • “rEAD IT Again in paragraph 5.”

          Good to see you finally using paragraphs (but you do still need to hit the ENTER key mate, otherwise you’re cheating). ๐Ÿ˜‰

          I know I too write a lot but mate, when you can’t the number of paragraphs on two hands, well it’s War & Peace mate isn’t it.

          You lost me somewhere along the way. I find your own words far more interesting. Perhaps next time just paste the link to the article and reference the paragraph. Just a suggestion.

        • Reg Regan its groundhog day. No team in its right mind would pay Crichton 1 million dollars.
          1. Rookie
          2. Played 30 NRL games.
          3. Had not played for NSW at the time of signing with the Roosters.
          4. Cordner the Roosters captain who has won 2 premierships, played for NSW, played for
          Australia is contracted for 650-700k. Do you really think the Roosters will start a revolt amongst the core playing group.
          5. Never believe what you read as fact. Common sense tells everybody that their was no bidding war for Crichton between 16 teams.

          I just copied the entire article then pasted it. The link is the NRL WEBSITE.

          https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/02/19/nrl-in-talks-with-clubs-to-publish-figures-on-third-party-agreements/

          I just wanted everybody to know that the Roosters are only in the mid field according to this story. Not leading the charge of TPA’s as everyone on here claims endlessly.๐ŸŽฏ๐ŸŽฏ๐ŸŽฏ๐ŸŽฏ

        • “the Roosters are only in the mid field according to this story.”

          sydneyroost, you might want to skip this one, if you have heard it all before. Remember, I warned you.

          And WHO paid for the story Woody? Who influenced the story behind the scenes? Remember, I have never talked about TPA’s but actual contract values ON THE CAP that don’t match up. Declared values that when you put 2 + 2 together you get 22. Creative accounting mate from the original NRL salary cap auditor general himself.

          “No team in its right mind would pay Crichton 1 million dollars.”

          Read the story mate, it was reported in the Telegraph and the Australian. You even posted the link to one of these yourself. It clearly confirms that Crichton is getting $1 mill in the first year of his 3 year deal which averages out at $900K for the 3 years. So that would make it $1 mill in the first year and $850K (what Cordner is on) for the next 2 seasons, NOT divided by 2 but each year Woody.

          Clearly Politis, by your assessment, is NOT in his right mind. He had to pay Crichton THAT much to steal him from the Rabbitohs.

        • Reggie Reagan believe the newspapers all you like or the internet. Who would pay a 30 game rookie who isn’t even good enough to be a spine player that stupidly thought up amount of money๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ‘. Don’t be so blind to believe such garbage. Stop believing such dumb media reports to be gospel. Not even the modern day greats like Slater, Smith, Cronk, Thurston, Johns, Fittler, were offered 1 million dollars after 1.25 seasons or 30 NRL games. And certainly match winners like Mitchell and Manu who are more destructive than Chrichton ever will be have not been upgraded for their second Rooster contracts even 300k.

          Mate I will ask nurse Ratchet if their is a spare room in the nursing home for you. I can see you must be getting dementia or something coming up with such far out stories.

    • and if they tightened their belts a bit more, I’m sure they could squeeze in marty taupau and even try and entice RTS back….

        • You can paste that link as much as you want mate it isn’t going to hide what’s going on. It isn’t the TPA’s it’s the declared contract values ON THE CAP!

        • Stop it mate, you are obsessed with Rooster attacks. Don’t tell me you only believe what you want to believe when you read all the media stories. First you read a garbage story that Crighton signs for a million and you believe it without a doubt.

          But once there is a story about how there are eight clubs ABOVE the Roosters when it comes to the TPA’s being spent on contracts. Your one tracked mind cannot contemplate the thought that it also is a truthful story. Reg Regan you have to use your brain when sorting out the truth.

          Reg Reagan read about how much Thurston got when he left the Bulldogs to join the Cowboys.

          https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/the-untold-story-of-how-the-bulldogs-let-johnathan-thurston-sign-with-the-cowboys-20150929-gjxgiv.html

          If the link dose not work then he got 220k but wanted to stay for less at the Dogs for 170k, His manager told him to take the money and run. The top payed players back then like Johns and Fittler and Lockyer were on about 600-800k back then. So we are talking about a future immortal’s here. Common sense Reggie my newly revealed thick friend that Crichton will never be a future immortal. Yet you claim he is being paid the equivalent of all the very best experienced players in the comp today.๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿ‘Š

          So this is the bottom line everyone.

          Reg Reagan believes Crichton will be an immortal. Nurse Ratchet could you please warm up the shock treatment machine for this one who flew over the coocoos nest.

    • Elementary biology “little Steggles”, rabbits have teeth and roosters don’t. Bunnies are also cute and make great companions while chickens are often invited to dinner but they are on the plate!

      Can someone please fill me in as to WHO the “other” 7 players being kicked to the kerb are? I read as far as “Blake Ferguson and Ryan Matterson” then some bugs hit my windscreen and the rest is all a blur.

      • Nevermind. I took a screenshot before the bugs hit the windscreen. It would have been easier to type “7 duds”, combined value $700K. Fergo was on $500K and Matterson about $300K (OK, an assumption) so $1.5 mill. As “Slammin Sam” says, the numbers still don’t add up to cover Crichton, BMoz and RHall.

        • The 30 game Rookie Crichton who had not played for NSW AT THAT TIME OF SIGNING signed for 650k, Reginald Reagan don’t believe everything you read. No team in the comp would pay anything near 1 million bucks๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸคฃWashed up winger Morris signed for 250k, Hall who is on a mission to prove he is up to the challenge to be known as a NRL player is not coming for huge bucks but for 300k to prove to himself that he is capable. The Roosters have accommodated him for that reason. So in my book and the Roosters = 1.2 MILLION.

          Players departing Ferguson 500k, Frank-Paul Nuuausala 350k, Matterson 300k, Sean Oโ€™Sullivan 100k, Reece Robinson 200k, Kurt Baptiste 250k, Mitchell Cornish 100k, Eloni Vunakece 100k, Paul Momirovski 100k = 2 million

          Grand Total 2 million – 1.2 million = 800k +450 shortfall from this season that they did not use = 1million 250k to buy players for next season.๐Ÿš€๐ŸŽ“ Its not rocket science.๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘

        • If Napa wants to leave the good times for sad times and more money and no chance ever to win another comp like Tuivasa-๐Ÿ’ฒhreck, Guerra, Maloney, Ferguson, Jennings, Pearce, Kenny-Dowall, Sony Will Billions, Watson, Kane Evens, etc,etc,etc than off you go. We prefer if you stay but if you want to leave like every off season. Taupua will be a nice replacement. We can afford him and a few others. However Rooster fans want you to stay.๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ

        • Woody, with your own printing press (aka Nick Politis and his corporate connections) and NO salary cap mate the Roosters can afford every player in the NRL! So can Souths for that matter with James Packer and Russell Crowe trumping whatever cash that Politis can lay his hands on. So what’s your point?

          The only difference is that Souths adhere to the salary cap and the Roosters don’t. Nothing to crow about Woody. And the premierships in 2013 and 2018 don’t count BECAUSE the Roosters were over the cap and they have been “stripped by Reg Reagan”, so it’s done mate. The end to “the best premierships that money can buy!”

          โ€œNo trophy ๐Ÿ† for you!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        • OK Woody, each time you past the above link I will paste the same reply. Deal?

          You can paste that link as much as you want mate it isnโ€™t going to hide whatโ€™s going on. It isnโ€™t the TPAโ€™s itโ€™s the declared contract values ON THE CAP!

  2. So they cleared out what, 1 mil of cap? That’s perfect for Crichton, but what about BMoz, Hall and the other 6 players the Chooks have to bring up?

    • They don’t have to bring anyone up. At the Roosters what you sign on for is all you get. If Manu and Mitchell resigned until the end of 2020 lets say for 300k each, Just because they won a premiership and achieved the highest rep honors possible dose not mean the Roosters break their current contract and top their wages up to 400k now. The NRL have a contract of 300k each sitting in the files at head office.

      There is no pay rise until the Roosters offer more money to retain them when it goes up for negotiation during the 2020 season. Slammin Sammy it people like you who do not understand anything about contracts and salary caps But your not alone just about everybody on here have the same low mentality of salary cap procedures and that is why all you fools keep attacking the Roosters cap. Because your simple minds can’t comprehend basic math. ๐Ÿ’ฒ๐Ÿ’Š๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿ‘

      • You’re dreaming.
        Every player has a clause in their contract to do with rep honours. If they play for the State or become an international , it’s an automatic pay rise.
        As for winning the premiership. Every player in the team expects a contract upgrade .
        That’s why the premiers usually have to let some decent players go after the premiership win.
        There’s no way Mitchell & Manu ( just to start with ) won’t be asking for contract upgrades now. Roosters will have to upgrade them, or risk losing the new million dollar valued Mitchell after whatever contract he’s on now ends. Manu will be asking at least $700,000 to $800,000 on his next deal as well.

        • That’s why foolish people like you keep on about the salary cap. Because you have not got the faintest idea what your talking about. The Roosters stringent contract policy is what you sign on for is all you get. End of story. You can make up what ever story you please to convince your silly self. But we at the Roosters will never get caught out on back ending contracts or any other silly little clause you want to come up with.

          Dream on East of the blue mountains, Players after a premiership win do not get a pay rise and the only time a player leaves is if his contract has finished after the grand final and he wants more money than he is currently on. That’s when one or two players leave. The cowboys won a premiership in 2015 but because of their smart management the entire grand final team was signed for the next season and not one player left. So again your made up garbage stories are just that. Garbage. ๐Ÿšฎ๐Ÿšฎ๐Ÿšฎ๐Ÿšฎ๐Ÿšฎ Manu and Mitchell will be upgraded WHEN their contract expires. But the Roosters are not silly enough to let them go and will offer them a substantial pay rise with a contract extension during the 2019 season. However that pay rise will not begin until the current contract ends. So one more time for the dumm1es. Mitchell 300k until end of 2020. Contract extension signed in 2019 for four years at 700k payment beginning in 2021.

          Can’t believe I have to spoon feed the fools on this site with basic knowledge. Now go away and play with your toy cars๐Ÿš—๐ŸŽ๐Ÿš‹๐Ÿš™๐Ÿš“ preferably on the other side of the Divide.๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

      • Talking to someone who has deep knowledge of Easts structure, he says Easts will struggle to keep the likes of Manu and Mitchell for the amounts they are on now, they have won a comp and they know that a footballers life can be short, those players will not stay around for 2 or 3 hundred thousand a season less for what they can get, being in a winning team only goes so far, sooner or later Easts will need to up the ante for these players and that’s when they will realize that Easts arn’t the be all to end all.

        • True Penso that’s my whole point, after their contracts expire and are up for renewal. Some players want to be a one club player like Minichiello, who stuck around for 6 grand finals for the Roosters, others like to move about like Michael Jennings 1 grand final for the Roosters but leaves chasing money. See he won a spoon this year but got paid top dollar. The players that stick around and sacrifice some money, not a lot but some. Have a better quality of life. Its the old saying the more money you get the more you waste. They are still rich but are happy in a winning team for less money. At the end of a footballers 12-15 yrs career. If a Minichello earns only 7 million but wins premierships represents at the highest levels and enjoys life simply because winners are grinners, then isn’t that far better than a player who chases money and finishes his career with 9 million, changes clubs three times, wins two spoons as his team purchased him while they were rebuilding, and misses out on half the rep teams because he plays for middle of the field clubs. This is the players prerogative to make their choice. Smart players on a little less know how to invest their money wisely and never have to get up for work as long as they live after footy. The ones usually chasing money are usually the type that waste money. Are you suggesting to me Penso if you were a top Rabbit player on 550 per year and winning comps at Souths and the Roosters offer you 700 but they are in a rebuilding phase yet need your skillful halfback leadership that you would jump shipโ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“. I know I would be in the Hastings, Minichiello, Rickettson, Bunny Reilly, Mullins, Brass, Aubbuson, Flannery, Bonetti, Friend, Cordner, type playing group who were and are content with a great income and great success but less money than a Parra, Newcastle, Warriors, etc could offer.

        • That reminds me Good luck Fergo at Parra. You will get more money there but money is not everything. Players in situations like Fergo usally regret the money making move after a season or two. The only thing is most times once you leave theres no coming back. Tuivasa-Shreck prefers money to the winning grinning with still a hell of a lot of cash like at the Roosters but prefers the abundance of money more than a happy winning environment. He will not ever be chased by the Roosters, we have moved on and nobody is irreplaceable. Tedesco has done far better at the Roosters than he. Roger won a premiership on the wing but has won nothing as a fullback.๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿ’ฒ๐Ÿ’ฒ๐Ÿ’ฒ

        • Yeh true Slammin Sammy Thaiday but he wont win a premiership. That’s what all players play for. At the end of his career he will look back and think. Wow I won a premiership on the wing in my first year. And one individual medal, woopie do dah๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ‘

  3. You ‘sombrero’ claimers always seem to forget one very important fact. Mitchell Pearce departed the club 12 months ago, and we didn’t bring in anyone to replace him. THATS how we can afford Morris and Hall on top of Crichton

  4. Oh lord, I’ve heard it all now. Pearce was released to maintain cap compliance after the Cronk signing. It was either him or JWH, and it just so happened to be he wanted out to maintain his role as main half on a team. So no, Pearce does not make cap compliance, and even if he did there would be bare, if any, money left in the cap.

    • Really? Where’d you hear that then? The Roosters were begging to keep Pearce at the club, clearly we weren’t in a position where he had to go. He chose to go. It had nothing to do with the cap.

      In the end, it’s just going to be an argument of sources. But if he had to go for us to remain cap compliant, it wouldn’t have made any sense for him have taken so long to deliberate staying or leaving. Sorry mate but you’re off the money there. The money is there, the NRL would have checked that. It’s routine to make sure every team is under the cap, especially the premiership winners, who everyone’s had such concerns about for so long. Don’t worry mate, we’re compliant.

      • Spot on sydneyroosta, Robinson was begging him to stay that they could all fit in together, but he walked and Newcastle offered him another 200k on top of what he was being paid. After he walked they purchased some depth in Reece Robinson, Kurt Baptiste and the wrecking Ball Paul Frank Nuuausalla, yet still had 450 k left under the cap just in case.๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฏ๐ŸŽฏ๐ŸŽฏ๐ŸŽฏ๐ŸŽฏ๐ŸŽฏ๐ŸŽฏ

        • Not only that, but all three of those players you’ve mentioned are leaving the club now. Further supporting the fact that we’re cap compliant. It baffles me how people just neglect the facts sometimes in our game.

        • Always happens every year. All opposition fans have no idea why the Roosters are so successful in maintaining the salary cap. See people forget that the Sydney Roosters are an organization run by astute business minded people. It was the Roosters great businessman Nick Politis that showed the way for all League teams to follow by putting sponsors on jumpers. City Ford sponsored by Nick Politis was the way to raise money for clubs. Very revolutionary back in 1976. Thanks to Nick at the Roosters the entire footy world followed our path. The only problem today is opposition fans don’t want to except the fact we at the Roosters have been world leaders in this department since the 1970’s. Our successful path cannot be tolerated by other fans. All they want to do is scream cheats. If the Roosters were cheating the cap they would of been caught many decades ago. They are businessmen who know business better than everyone else.

        • Matter of Fact due to the genius idea of sponsorship introduced by Rooster Nick Politis, this idea caught on the the NSWRL who later introduced sponsorship of our entire game with the Winfield Cup, The rest is history. All League fans should thank the Roosters supremo Nick Politis for all the money that poors into our game today through sponsorship. Now for the dummies that run the other clubs. Learn how to spend your money properly. By the way we all know how woman love blowing cash. Wasn’t the Bulldogs run by a woman recently. Look what happened to them.๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ’ฒ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ’ฐ

        • “the genius idea of sponsorship introduced by Rooster Nick Politis”

          So were “brown paper bags in parking lots”, “under the counter TPA’s” and a real coup, hiring the former NRL salary cap auditor to “make sure that your team is salary cap compliant” nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Yeah, Uncle Nick is known by many names, “the Don, “the Godfather of RL”, let’s throw in “Mr innovation” as well. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        • “By the way we all know how woman love blowing cash. Wasnโ€™t the Bulldogs run by a woman recently. Look what happened to them.”

          Oh Woody, iceberg dead ahead mate! Too late, you are about to get run over by mob of angry women en route to their life boats mate. Time for a quick mea culpa before it’s chicken on the menu as a quick snack before the boats.

        • False alarm Woody. Clearly the ladies like to pick and choose when to be outraged and are “selectively offended”. Goodness knows what kind of things would have been hurled in my direction if I had posted something half as inciteful.

          Perhaps it’s because my “groupies” pay MUCH closer attention to my every word. Lucky for you mate, we wouldn’t want matron to be jealous now would we? ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Ive been around a bit longer than you Reggie Rabbit mate, Its my experience Woman love to here the truth. They know when people lie. Woman love to go shopping. That is not firing bullets at our wonderful delicate lady folk.๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿ’ฐ

      • “The Roosters were begging to keep Pearce at the club”

        Yeah, for $250K mate. If your employers told you they really wanted you to stay on but that were going to cut your pay by two thirds would YOU stay? It is a well publicised fact that Pearce was on his LAST warning after the infamous “woof woof affair”. A number of stories were written at the time stating that the Roosters had to shed players (Pearce, Guerra, Watson, Evans) to free up the cap room to bring in 2 $1 mill dollar players (Tedesco and Cronk) and still have money to re-sign and upgrade Cordner, Friend and Keary.

        • Additionally, Pearce was told he would have been playing off the bench if not in the Intrust Super Cup as Cronk and Keary were going to be the halves pairing. To stick around Pearce would have killed his career for the sake of a premiership ring.

          Pearce had a solid start early on for the Knights and if not for injury he would have confirmed that he had made the right move. It’s easy to write off Pearce’s 2018 season though because he missed most of it through injury.

    • Thaiday you’ve had too many head knocks. Learn mathematics and come back to us.
      Pearce was asked to stay and learn from the master, but chose to go for more money and play regular 1st grade.
      Good management, good coaches, good sponsors and a club players want to play for = success.

      • Kelby I will teach him. 5 real premierships in a non super league comp + 1 Super League comp = still only 5 legitimate premierships๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚,

        • “Kelby I will teach him.”

          I’ve been trying to teach Kelpie for years now Woody. It’s a hopeless case I’m afraid. You just can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But it IS a neat trick that they can type on a keyboard, credit where credit is due Kelpie. ๐Ÿ‘ Here, have a Schmackos! ๐Ÿถ

  5. When will these salary cap cheaters Roosters be held to account? It is a joke that they commit daylight robbery with their cap and get away with it.

      • “Your a joke.”

        No Kelpie, you are! The “chooks get audited the same as every other club”.
        Bahahahahahahahahahaha, I will give you that though Kelpie. That’s your best one yet. I never hand any idea that “man’s best friend” had a sense of humour! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        • I never HAD any idea.

          Oh, with these FAT thumbs I can only guess what it must be like to type with paws Kelpie! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    • ROOSTER ONLY ONE STANDING NOW๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“

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