How could Souths afford Inglis when the Roosters, alleged salary cap cheats, couldn’t?

Greg Inglis: even WE couldn't afford him. IMage credit SMH

Greg Inglis: even WE couldn’t afford him. IMage credit SMH

So apparently the Roosters couldn’t afford Greg Inglis, but the Rabbitohs could. Can you explain that one, Sam Burgess?

According to Peter O’Sullivan in an article in the Herald today, the Roosters simply couldn’t compete with the Rabbitohs, who were offering “too much” money for any player, let alone a centre (at the time) that would touch the ball intermittently.

All week long we’ve copped a barrage of salary cap questions from ill-informed and under-read Souths fans — and Sam Burgess as well — regarding how its possible that we’ve signed so many superstars to play for our club.

Well for one, Buzz Rothfield only rates three of our players in his top 50 and just one in his top 10: Sonny Bill Williams (7), Michael Jennings  (38) and Mitchell Pearce (36).

Souths have two in the top 13 alone (Inglis, ranked 4, and Burgess, ranked 13) and a further two in his top 50 (Isaac Luke at 49 and Adam Reynolds at 41).

And somehow they snagged Greg Inglis, beating 11 other clubs who were chasing his signature, including us — who as they’ve said over and over “are definitely cheating the cap”.

If we are cheating the cap, it stands to reason we would’ve signed Inglis. But he went to Souths.


So when a Rabbitohs fan — with all that knowledge collected from a database in fantasyland– comes up to you and asks “how can the Rorters fit all those stars under the salary cap, simply answer their question with two questions:

“How can Souths fit all their stars under that cap?”

…and, most importantly:

“How exactly did they get Inglis? Us ‘salary cap cheats’ certainly couldn’t afford him. Please explain?”

From The Herald:

Sydney Roosters almost always get their man. Greg Inglis is a rare exception.

As the Roosters prepare to host South Sydney in one of the biggest season-opening games in history, it has emerged that the Bondi Junction club tried to sign the Queensland and Australia star when he was last off contract.

Inglis was one of the hottest prospects on the open market when Melbourne needed to offload him after being caught systematically rorting the salary cap in 2010. One of the clubs in the mix was the Roosters, who have a tradition of poaching superstars from rivals.

Inglis initially agreed to join Brisbane, but backed out after third-party deals came unstuck. The Rabbitohs pounced, beating other suitors – including their bitter arch rivals – to the prized signature. So instead of teaming with Sonny Bill Williams, the 26-year-old fullback will line up against him.

The man who discovered Inglis during his time at the Storm, Roosters recruitment boss Peter O’Sullivan, said the tricolours couldn’t compete with the deal tabled by Souths.

”We’re not in their league, they’ve taken over from us as the silvertails,” O’Sullivan quipped. ”We couldn’t afford what Souths were paying him. The money they were paying him at the time was too much for any player. But as it turned out it’s probably sensible. It was too much to play him at left centre but they stopped doing that. We were never seriously in the hunt for Greggy.”

via Inglis a rare one that got away from the Roosters.


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