The Roosters have reportedly keyed forward after months of speculation about the future.
Meanwhile, a new marquee target has been identified if Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins fail to pursue Cameron Munster.
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CRICHTON’S FUTURE IS SECURED.
Roster gun Angus Crichton is reportedly set to re-sign with the Tricolours.
Initially, the 26-year-old’s two-year contract extension was said to be a handshake with no formal contract signed by the NRL.
Crichton himself admitted the speculation was “strong” but never considered playing for another club.
“I think we’re very close to finalizing something,” Crichton told 9 News.
“Having that hanging over my head and stacking it will be a huge weight off my shoulders.
I don’t want to play for another team.
Reports have linked the starting quarterback to the Tigers with the Roosters facing significant salary cap pressure.
The Daily Telegraph’s Buzz Rothfield has revealed the pressure the Tricolors are under, with seven of the competition’s highest-paid players on their books.
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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,” Rothfield said on NRL360.
With the impending arrival of Brandon Smith and a salary increase for young gun Joseph Sually, the roster bosses must now squeeze the remaining 21 players out of their salary cap.
The departures of Ronald Volkman, Freddy Lucic, Daniel Suluka-Fifita and Lachlam Lam opened up cap space.
Sam Verrills and Siocua Taukiahom are set to leave at the end of the season, meaning the Roosters could have more money to re-sign players for 2023.
Dolphins new marquee target
After losing a long list of marquee players, Triple M Ben Dobbin believes Wayne Bennett can set his sights on a new star – Latrell Mitchell.
Munster believe his four-year deal will run from 2024, with Dobbin saying Mitchell and Bennett’s relationship “runs deep”.
The NRL Super Coach has tipped Latrell for 2020 and 2021, which came very close to the Premier League last season.
“If you don’t get Cameron Munster, I’m going to smoke you now. I believe they’re going after Latrell Mitchell…Wayne Bennett’s relationship with Latrell Mitchell is deep,” Dobbin told Triple M.
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Rugby league legend Gordon Tallis believes Latrell Mitchell has his roots at the South Sydney club, explaining he is “happier” than ever.
“It’s so far from the farm, I think for Latrell, there’s a bigger picture to it,” Tallis said.
“I’ve never seen someone more calm and back home doing what he does, and that’s more important to Latrell now than money.
I think he’s very happy (he is).
Fox League’s James Graham has made a big claim saying Munster would be “easily” the highest paid in the game if he moved north.
“It’s a Munster Dolphin, I think it’s a Munster Dolphin in 2024,” Dobbin said.
“I think for Munster to go on the open market … he will be the highest paid player in the game, easily,” Graham said.
“I think it will be a four-year deal,” Dobbin said.
“So that would be about $6 million?” Tallis asked.
“Is it worth it? Yes, can he change the club’s fortunes? Yes it can,” Dobbin said.
“Can you put equipment around it and it will attract other players? Yes, it will.”