The Roosters reportedly signed former Warriors mainstay Matt Lodge after leaving the New Zealand club in May.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the 27-year-old will receive around $100,000 for the final six to eight weeks of the 2022 season.
The Habs will be hoping the signing will add some much-needed firepower to their mid-range strikers after a disappointing first half of the 2022 season.
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Lodge played the first eight games of the year for the New Zealand side but has since moved back to Sydney’s northern beaches following his controversial departure.
SEN’s Michelle Bishop was surprised Lodge was able to find a club for the remainder of the 2022 season given his past indiscretions off the pitch.
But, it has now been revealed that his disagreement with the club’s powerbrokers was not the only factor that played a part in his contract breach.
“Clearly Trent Robinson did not call Cameron George for a reference,” Bishop said on SEN.
“Rugby league is a ride, he is the most controversial fixture in the game, he left the Warriors six weeks ago after a blow-up with the owner.
“Anyway you want to look at it, I know for a fact it wasn’t just that problem and it moved on.
“He had exploded in training, he left the club about three or four times as he negotiated his next contract, his manager wasn’t talking to the Warriors, it was just a messy situation.”
The Eels were reportedly interested in acquiring Lodge’s services, but were hesitant due to the NRL’s ruling on his face value salary cap of around $20,000 per game.
With the departure of Ronald Volkman and Freddy Lussick, the Roosters would have the cap space available to face Lodge following his controversial exit from the Warriors.
But, Bishop thinks there’s a chance the Roosters could only use Lodge for five games.
“For him to go to the Roosters they say for the rest of the season on $100,000 the NRL was valuing him not too long ago at $20,000 a game does that mean that he can only play five games for the Roosters?” Bishop said.
“It’s very unfair if that’s the case because clubs like the Parramatta Eels wanted to lure him to Kellyville for whatever reason.
“With the NRL giving him that kind of money, I don’t see how the contract he signed was $100,000.”
Trent Robinson’s side struggled in the middle of the park, with enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves out with a hamstring injury while Victor Radley is set to return on Round 16 with an ankle injury.
Meanwhile, the Roosters face the Panthers on Friday night in what could be Lodge’s first appearance at his temporary home.
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As it stands, the deal is only for the remainder of the 2022 season and Lodge has expressed his desire to return to the NRL as soon as possible just weeks after his exit from the Warriors.
“I don’t want to play park footy,” Lodge said.
“I will keep myself as fit as possible and I will be ready if there is an opportunity at any of the clubs.”
Just days after his release from the Warriors, Lodge was spotted playing suburban rugby in Brisbane, plying his trade for North’s second-year team in Brisbane in a 27-14 loss to Bond.
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