According to a well-placed source, Kevin Proctor signing with the Roosters is “all but confirmed”, with the right side second rower set to replace Sonny Bill Williams at the club next year.
Rugby League Week’s “The Mole” broke the story last week that Proctor had flown in secretly to meet with Trent Robinson and Nick Politis, while the source who spoke to this website mentioned discussions had been taking place with his management for several weeks.
The source said the talks had been “very positive” — before telling this writer over the weekend that the deal was “as official as it can be without being official”.
An article in the Daily Telegraph today puts the offer at $500,000 a year for three years. The Roosters’ backrow next year shapes as Boyd Cordner on the left, Proctor on the right and Aidan Guerra at lock with Frank Paul Nuuasala and Mitch Aubusson off the bench.
Should the source be on the money, he said it will set off a domino effect in the NRL.
Chris McQueen, who is on a relative pittance for an Origin player at the South Sydney Rabbitohs, has been rumoured to be considering the North Queensland Cowboys. But the Storm is expected to make a massive play for the Queenslander should Proctor indeed leave. The Storm also have Kiwi rep (finally, lol) Tohu Harris and Ryan Hoffman off contract, and Proctor is expected to be the most expensive of the three — but McQueen would be cheaper than him.
Salary-wise, $500K sounds like overs for Proctor, but remember that the salary cap is increasing once again this year, and we can’t continue to judge salaries on 2007 levels. Consider that Mitch Aubusson is on $300,000 a year, and that Andrew Fifita was somehow offered a massive $850,000 a season.
Does Proctor lie somewhere between those players skill wise? This writer thinks he does, and there is a lot of froth in the marketplace at the moment. Therefore, $500K seems about right for a 25-year-old New Zealand representative whose style would fit right in at the Roosters from day dot.