The Roosters have dealt another blow to prop Matt Lodge, who has already accepted that his time with the team is coming to an end. Recent reports had suggested that Lodge had been given permission to leave the club due to not being part of coach Trent Robinson‘s plans for the remainder of the season.
However, it has now been revealed that he will be required to train and play with the club’s reserve grade side, the North Sydney Bears, for the rest of the season. This change in plans is believed to be linked to a sour relationship between Lodge’s agent Isaac Moses and the club.
Lodge himself had confirmed last month that he would be leaving the Roosters next year, stating that he had other options available to him. The possibility of extending his deal with the Roosters fell through, as the club has secured several key middle forwards, including Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and the upcoming addition of Spencer Leniu from Penrith.
Lodge, who signed a discounted deal with the Roosters last year following his departure from the Warriors, is now in search of his fifth NRL club. He acknowledges that he cannot continue on a reduced contract indefinitely and understands that the situation has changed.