A reversal of the usual trend finds NRL clubs Wests Tigers and Parramatta Eels going after South Sydney’s young Robert Jennings.
More common is to hear Souths linked with any big name NRL rugger who is coming up on contract time.
Jennings has a new feather on his resume, or bullet-point on his cap, having been named to NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler’s Emerging Blues Squad.
Not certain of the salary impact such an honour confers, are we, but it has to be worth something; less than a Dally M, but maybe more than the occasional man of the match is.
Jennings is in that uncomfortable position that a 22-year-old can discover when a job with a premiership team that has expended its cap room on retaining its core group.
Jennings does not have a contract for 2019. The Eels and Wests should have money they can dedicate toward purchasing a higher rung.
He told reporters he would like to stay put, as would seem only natural, but he is in rugby limbo. “Right now, I’m not signed for next season, no,” Jennings told reporters.
That status could haunt his wallet. The top blokes attract the vultures with a year left on their contracts and fuel the rumour mill about which club will enjoy their services for the season after the last one of their contract.
The figures being bandied about would make it a pretty easy decision if it were we doing the decision-making.
To stay with Souths, Jennings is staring squarely at a massive pay cut estimated in the realm of $250,000 – $300,000, to which we would say without a trace of regret, “Adios, Redfern.”
The Eels have money to burn after they part with Corey Norman and our Jennings, Robert, has brothers Michael and George at the club.
The interest from Wests comes via the connection between Jennings and new Tigers’ coach Mic Maguire from their association at the Bunnies in 2017.
Jennings had 19 tries in 2018, so it would seem doubtful that he would be without a job in the NRL for any length of time.
Hopefully, he will not act from desperation and take something with Gold Coast or New Zealand.