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Sydney Roosters reportedly '$400,000 under' the salary cap for 2020 NRL season

Sporting News logo Sporting News 29/06/2020 Liam O'Loughlin
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One of the longest-running jokes across NRL circles is that the Sydney Roosters are over the salary cap - or the 'salary sombrero' as some may call it.

But apparently, that isn't exactly the case.

Following season-ending injuries to Victor Radley and Sam Verrills on Friday night in their win over the Dragons, the Roosters actual position within the salary cap has reportedly been revealed.

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With the club now without a back-up hooker for Jake Friend, they may need to look elsewhere for a short-term option - and it looks like they may be able to afford it.

Senior reporter Phil 'Buzz' Rothfield told Big Sports Breakfast on Monday morning that the Roosters are in fact $400,000 under the salary cap for this season.

"I spoke to the club yesterday and asked if they would bring in (someone)," he said.

"You won’t believe this – the Roosters are $400,000 under the salary cap for this year. I’m telling you, it’s a true story.

"You forget about the players they release each year."

It can't be true, can it?

Well the club has lost Cooper Cronk, who was reportedly on $1 million a season during his two-year stint at the club.

Latrell Mitchell and Blake Ferguson have also both departed in the past 18 months, while the influx of younger players such as Radley, Sitili Tupouniua and Nat Butcher may help the cap.

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But it is the revelation from Rothfield that James Tedesco and Luke Keary are both on less than many may believe. 

"What do you think Tedesco and Keary are on? Tedesco came over for about $900,000 and Keary came over for $850,000," he said.

"They are now in the process of upgrading and extending their deals, and they will both go over $1 million. 

"You want to know what the Morris brothers are on – combined, less than Blake Ferguson used to be on. 

"What do you think Kyle Flanagan is on? He's on $275,000."

With such a talented roster and two premierships in the past two years, the Roosters are obviously going to have to lose players.

But if you look back through their success in the past decade, that isn't exactly uncommon for the Tricolours.

While most fans will continue to joke about the club's salary cap, perhaps it is just good management from Trent Robinson, Nick Politis and all involved at Bondi. 

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