Roosters WON’T sign Payne Haas as they ‘are NOT interested’ in Broncos firebrand, as Tricolours boss Nick Politis admits Sydney ‘can’t afford’ Brisbane star
- Payne Haas has been linked with a move to the Sydney Roosters
- But Tricolours chairman Nick Politis has ruled out signing the giant prop
- Haas is under contract with the Broncos until the end of the 2024 season
- He allegedly wants to improve his contract from $600,000 to $1million a season
- But Politis said the Roosters can’t afford to sign him for salary cap reasons
Sydney Roosters chairman Nick Politis has ruled out signing Payne Haas, as the Brisbane Broncos star does not fit the Tricolours’ salary cap.
The New South Wales star is has two years left on his $600,000-a-season contract with the Broncos and is reportedly looking for a $1million deal and wants to play for a premiership contender.
The Roosters, however, will not be offering the prop the bumper pay rise he allegedly wants as they are not in the market for Haas.
Brisbane Broncos star Payne Haas is reportedly looking for a $1million deal
‘We won’t be signing Payne Haas,’ Politis told the Courier Mail on Saturday.
‘We are not interested — it’s as simple as that.’
Last August, Haas turned reportedly turned down the offer of new six-year deal from the Broncos, which would have paid him $5.85million between 2022 and 2027.
Politis acknowledged the giant prop was one of the best in the NRL in his role, but insisted the Roosters could not afford to sign the Broncos firebrand.
The New South Wales star is under contract for $600,000-a-year with Brisbane until 2024
Nick Politis (right) insisted the Sydney Roosters were not in the market for the Broncos prop
‘Payne is a great player, that’s not the issue, but if he wants $1 million, we don’t have $1 million in the salary cap to pay him that much,’ he added.
‘People keep speculating it and writing we want Payne Haas, but just because he is mates with Sonny Bill Williams, it doesn’t mean he is coming to the Roosters.’
‘Payne is one of the best props in the game, but we have never had him on our radar. He is contracted to the Broncos for another three years anyway.
‘The reality is we can’t fit Haas into our team on $1 million a season. He doesn’t fit in with our salary cap strategy moving forward. We have our own forwards coming through.’
Haas is reportedly unhappy with life in Brisbane and wants to play for a premiership contender
Rumours Haas is not happy at the Broncos have grown exponentially over the past month, following his well-publicised altercation with teammate Albert Kelly.
The front-rower was handed a one-game suspension and a $10,000 fine after video circulated of him and the Broncos five-eighth involved in a fracas in a hotel lobby in Sydney last month.
Footage of the incident allegedly shows Haas calling Kelly a ‘f***ing c***’ before striking him with his left fist.
Haas – a devout Muslim who observes Ramadan – has reportedly told club bosses he wasn’t drinking alcohol on the night in question.
Haas (left) was recorded allegedly striking Kelly (right) with his fist outside Brisbane’s team hotel in Sydney after their round two win over the Bulldogs
The incident was the latest entry in a growing list of off-field issues that have involved the Australia international.
The giant prop is currently on a two-year good behaviour bond after being found guilty of intimidating police officers at Tweed Heads on the far north coast of NSW in February last year.
He copped a three-match ban and a $50,000 fine from the NRL in the aftermath, while in 2019 he was suspended for four matches and fined $20,000 for failing to cooperate with an NRL Integrity Unit investigation.