South Sydney‘s coffers should see a boost of approximately $100,000 with the payout from Latrell Mitchell‘s long-term calf injury. This compensation from the NRL is designed to alleviate the financial impact clubs feel when their players suffer season-ending injuries during representative duties.
Mitchell incurred his injury during training before Origin I, which saw him miss seven matches for the Rabbitohs. Similarly, Trbojevic endured a pectoral tear during the second game. These payouts are distinct from the possible salary cap relief available to clubs.
Manly found themselves with around $350,000 to secure a replacement for their injured player, but sourcing a suitable stand-in proved unsuccessful. This was partially due to the Tigers‘ refusal to release Tommy Talau, even though he’s slated to join Manly next year.
With the mid-year trade window closing on 7 August, Manly won’t have the chance to rectify this gap. The Tigers, on the other hand, are eyeing off-season as the opportunity to welcome new recruits, Samuela and Latu Fainu, whom Manly would have let go earlier if the Tigers had been interested.
Beyond Talau, Manly had been pursuing multiple high-profile players like Lachlan Miller, Daine Laurie, and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. However, absent a shift in the stance of rival clubs, Manly is poised to proceed without any new additions for this season’s remainder.
A meeting with the state bodies, set to occur at the NSWRL headquarters in Sydney Olympic Park this coming Tuesday, includes all 17 club bosses. The main contention: the current duration of State of Origin camps. The syndicates are anticipated to robustly counter the status quo, advocating for minimal disruption to the NRL season due to Origin commitments.
Ben Ikin and Dave Trodden, state bosses for QLD and NSW respectively, are likely to discuss their funding requests, lodged with the NRL. Ahead of the mid-year window closure, several clubs – Parramatta, Cronulla, and Melbourne included – have been augmenting their cadre.
The Dragons, akin to Manly, had funds to utilise due to the cap relief they obtained following Cody Ramsey‘s potentially career-derailing injury. Originally, the plan was to spend on an external back. With no suitable candidates available, the relief has retroactively financed their acquisition of Paul Turner. Following a similar line, the Dolphins utilised their cap break stemming from Tom Gilbert‘s season-ending Origin I injury to sign Josh Kerr.