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Roosters salary cap crisis, seven players earn half of cap, James Tedesco, Luke Keary, Joseph Manu, Angus Crichton

The Sydney Roosters are facing a salary cap crisis, with $5.2 million of the salary cap tied to seven players, with them set to renew their contracts in 2023.

The Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield says the Roosters have seven players in the NRL’s top 100 players, which could prove problematic as some rising stars get contract upgrades in the off-season.

“We’ve come up with the 100 highest-paid players in the competition and it shows the Roosters with their list will have some cap pressure,” he told NRL 360.

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In 2022, Tedesco for $1.1 million, Luke Carey for $850,000, Joseph Manu ($720,000), Jared Ware-Hargreaves ($700,000), Angus Crichton ($700,000), Sio Siwa Takiaho ($625,000) and Victor Radley ( 625 thousand dollars). $510k) for a total of $5,205,000.

The cap in 2021 is only $9.4 million so there are plenty of players out there to be paid.

“The problem with the Roosters is they’ve got to put Brandon Smith in there next year and you’ve got to throw in Joseph Sualiu, who’s $700,000 next year.

“The other thing is Sam Walker is out of contract next year and as you know there aren’t a lot of great young halves so he has to get some money.”

Paul Kent has questioned how the Roosters can pay 23 players in their squad less than half what the seven highest-paid stars earn.

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James Tedesco is one of seven roster stars in the top 100 NRL players.Source: Getty Images

“How do you get 23 more players for $4.2 million?” Kent asked.

“That’s a lot of money in seven players.”

Bright Anastas asked Rothfield if he believes the Roasters should let go of some of their big earners in order to build a successful team for 2023.

“Are you saying the Roosters are under some salary cap pressure and will have a hard time keeping everyone next year?” Anasta asked.

Rothfield spoke with roster boss Nick Politis about the roster’s salary cap situation going into 2023.

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“Angus Crichton isn’t on that list and his contract isn’t up until 2023, so if you put Angus Crichton in, you’re out about $6 million,” Rothfield said.

“I talked to Nick Politis today and that’s the position on the salary cap. Boyd Cordner took $720,000 of his salary and is medically retired.

“In Sam Verrills, Ronald Volkman, Lachlan Lam, Siocyua Takiaho and Daniel Suluka-Fifita were some of the younger players who went down south and left.

“So with these players, including Taukian, they probably lost $1.5 million.

“I think it will still be a squeeze without setting alarm bells for their players or fans. I think there are a few that need to be tapped.”

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However, Brent Reed stated that he is set to raise the salary cap by at least $1.5 million for 2023 and beyond.

“We have to say that the copy is not ready for next year and it will go up,” Read said.

“There’s a big meeting on Thursday between the NRL and the club chief executive about the salary cap.

I think it will reach at least $12 million next year.

However, Anastas believes some players will likely take a pay cut to keep the squad together.

“When you see you can’t really be in the market for anyone,” Anasta said.

They are less likely to look for new players and a few players may take a pay cut if they want to stay there.

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