In contrast, five-eighth Luai, a hot property who may be offered massive $1 million-per-season contracts from November, is yet to resolve his future.
At a Panthers event hosted at the Chairman’s Lounge, Cameron sought to assure fans that the club would put forward a tempting offer to retain the 26-year-old player’s talents.
Referring to recent media reporting and addressing it to the attendees, Cameron clarified, “The perception that we were prioritising other players over Jarome is utterly unfounded,” as cited by the SMH.
He further explained that, “We’re ensuring to work respectfully within Jarome’s management’s schedules and deadlines.
Keeping in view the incrementing salary cap due to the RLPA and broadcast deal in the next five years, I have a strong feeling that a deal with Jarome can be brokered that keeps him with us.”
A homegrown talent, Luai’s record is impressive, with a winning ratio in a Panthers jersey exceeding 90 percent. “Since he joined the club at 16, he’s been part of successful teams at every level – Harold Matthews, SG Ball, Under 20s, reserve grade, and first grade,” Cameron recounted.
When inquired about the possibility of Bulldogs head Phil Gould enticing the 2024 contracted star to switch squads, Cameron demurred, “I can’t say for certain. Nonetheless, if that were the case, it would be against the spirit of the salary cap regulations.”