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‘Sombrero salary’ Roosters reject Munster offer, Matterson closes in on Eels deal

The Sydney Roosters are the latest club to be linked with a potential multi-million dollar bid for the services of Storm star Cameron Munster but have denied being in the hunt.

Munster manager Braith Anasta has said there has been no contact with the Roosters over a possible change when his Storm contract expires at the end of next year and manager Trent Robinson has also said the insinuation was false.

According to a News Corp report, there is speculation in NRL circles that the Roosters could play for Munster after already signing Melbourne team-mate Brandon Smith for 2023.

“I’m also surprised because we haven’t been contacted at all by anyone from the Roosters,” Anasta said on NRL 360.

“I also heard the rumours. Obviously, I’m Cameron Munster’s agent and that’s pure speculation. The noise is there but there is no substance.

Roosters have long been subjected to “salary sombrero” barbs due to their seemingly endless ability to raise money for high-priced recruits.

Their combination of halves of Luke Keary and Sam Walker has struggled to hit its braces this year. Keary is under contract until the end of 2024 while Walker is a free agent at the same time as Munster.

Promising halfback Ronald Volkman was released by the Roosters earlier this week to join the Warriors immediately after already signing a deal with the Auckland franchise until the end of 2025.

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Matterson wants new deal with Eels

Parramatta are looking to lock down one of their key roster members with the management of second rower Ryan Matterson who is set to meet the club in the next fortnight to settle a contract extension.

Matterson is one of the last major retainers for Parramatta, which has endured the toughest six months of roster negotiations of any team.

The out-of-contract 27-year-old has yet to enter full negotiations but is now finding his best football playing on the bench while back in top form.

Up to five other clubs have shown interest, with Matterson being one of the few big-name rowers left in the market.

One of those clubs would likely be the Dolphins, who have signed Felise Kaufusi and Kenny Bromwich as second rowers but are still short of a proper No.13.

Matterson’s negotiations come after fellow forwards Marata Niukore, Isaiah Papali’i, Ray Stone and Oregon Kaufusi signed elsewhere for next season.

Hooker Reed Mahoney is also bound for Canterbury, while Clint Gutherson and Junior Paulo are among those who have re-signed.

Parramatta opted out of pursuing Jack Bird as a full-back before re-signing from St George Illawarra this week, remaining confident in the club’s rising supply of young strikers.

But the back-row market is also thinning for the Dolphins and other rivals, with Angus Crichton, Adam Elliott, Wade Graham, Briton Nikora and Matterson the last big names remaining.

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