Roosters deny Jennings contact

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    NSW Origin centre Michael Jennings is tipped to be a Sydney Rooster by the end of the week, though the Roosters claim the ball is in the court of NRL rivals Penrith.

    Jennings is believed to be on the way out, a simmering feud with Penrith boss Phil Gould and a $600,000-a-year contract enough of an incentive for the club to release the brilliant back.

    But just how much of Jennings’ heavily back-ended contract the Panthers are prepared to chew up remains a sticking point, with the Roosters understood to be willing to offer a $2 million four-year deal.

    Gould is not keen to pay for Jennings to play for another club, while the player himself has so far refused to take a pay cut.

    Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan said it was up to the Panthers to agree to a release before his club could make a move, Canavan denying he had met with Jennings or his management on Monday.

    “There’s been no contact there today at all,” he said.

    “Nothing’s happened.

    “The issue from our understanding lies with the player and his management and the Penrith Panthers.”

    While last month’s decision to release BJ Leilua – who has linked up with Newcastle – has freed up some salary cap space, Canavan admitted the Roosters would not be in a position to accommodate Jennings without an increase to the salary cap.

    That increase is yet to be signed off on by the NRL, though clubs are working to a figure of $5.8 million for the 2013 season.

    While Jennings remains in limbo, the Roosters locked up the future of gun backrower Boyd Cordner through to the end of the 2016 season.

    Cordner established himself as an NRL regular in 2012, having played 29 top grade games to date.

    “Boyd has been part of our commitment to develop our young players over the past few years,” Roosters recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan said.

    “To ensure that we have him here for a number of years is a major coup for our club and a major vote of confidence in where we are heading.

    “Boyd is a tough competitor with true leadership potential for the way he conducts himself on the footy field and at training, and we see him as the cornerstone of our pack for the next decade.”

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    • January 8th 2013 @ 8:33am
      The no. Three said | January 8th 2013 @ 8:33am | ! Report

      Ive got the champaigne,streamers and dancing girls ready to go cause he ain’t going to be at Penrith this season…and he wont be allowed a night out more than twice a weekend.. Hurrah!!!

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      January 9th 2013 @ 1:21pm
      Hoy said | January 9th 2013 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

      How can the Roosters afford him?

      • January 9th 2013 @ 5:51pm
        jack c said | January 9th 2013 @ 5:51pm | ! Report

        id say considering they lost anasta,mosoe,bj,perret,and justin carney and the increase in the cap you would think they have plenty to spend

      • January 10th 2013 @ 10:37am
        Pot Stirrer said | January 10th 2013 @ 10:37am | ! Report

        It bemuses me how everyone thinks the roosters are any more capped out than any other team. How do the bunnies fit Champion in with the players they have bought over the last 3 years and didnt Reynolds get a nice upgrade. I doubt Teo would have been any cheaper than Taylor. Or the Dogs they have been spending like crazy over the last few years aswell. The Storm, The big thre would be on 750k each, Taking into consideration the Eels are capped out with the squad they have. There must be some pretty good accountants in the NRL.

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