The Sydney Roosters have formally written to the NRL asking that its $1 million a year contract for gun forward Angus Crichton not be counted towards its salary cap in 2019.
The reason for the unusual request according to Roosters coach Trent Robinson is down to Crichton’s medical status.
“Obviously when we bought Angus he had 10 fingers,” Robinson told the media this morning.
“But now he’s had one digit lopped off our club shouldn’t be expected to pay the full fee for a player who isn’t whole.”
Crichton had the middle finger on his left hand amputated last month following five operations to fuse it.
“It’s like if I bought a Rolf Harris painting before he was jailed, I would be expecting a major refund on that too,” Robinson added.
“The Roosters just want what’s right…we did the same thing with Fergo a while back, when we realised he was no longer naturally fast or evasive, we asked for a 35 per cent rebate on his contract too.”