When Cooper Cronk signed a lucrative deal with the Sydney Roosters, their salary cap seemed all but sealed.
But with Jayden Nikorima facing an uncertain future after allegations he has twice tested positive for illicit drugs in the last 12 months, the Roosters have options.
Robinson won’t hesitate to release Nikorima to free up some salary cap space with the highly-anticipated recruit’s salary worth $350,000.
Then if Mitchell Pearce decides to depart, the Roosters will have enough salary cap space to lure Hayne to Bondi, in a move that many would consider a gamble.
Many have already raised eyebrows about the fact that the Roosters signed Cronk, however, it seems likely that the Roosters will have the cash to splash if their two star halfbacks are moved on.
Approximately $1 million dollars would be left to spend, with new reports suggesting that Roosters could also offer Angus Crichton a contract.
Earlier in the week, Hayne reportedly wanted out of Gold Coast, opting to be closer to his young child in Sydney.
It’s believed that Parramatta Eels will offer the once ‘superstar’ a contract but won’t go near matching his Gold Coast salary of $1.2 million.
If the Roosters are interested, they’ll most certainly get their man.