Triple M’s own Brent Read explained why South Sydney Rabbitohs were able to pull off the expected coup signing of Canberra Raiders superstar Jack Wighton.
Ready joined The Rush Hour with Gus, Jude & Wendell featuring Elliot Lovejoy to discuss.
‘He obviously has a great relationship with Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker,’ said Read.
Though, putting friendships aside, the Rabbitohs may have their nemesis Sydney Roosters to thank.
‘The salary cap discussions are still going on but at one point they were talking about bringing in match payments this year.
‘For first graders, they [would] get $1500-$2000 a game.
‘It ended up being rejected and they just rolled that money into the cap.’
The rejection of this notion is the major reason why Souths have been able to possibly get Wighton.
‘It meant it wasn’t dispersed to everyone equally, you can just throw it all at one player if you want to.
‘One of the clubs that was a driving force behind that was the Roosters.
‘Now that’s happened, Souths have a bit more money to play with.
‘They probably have their arch rivals to thank if they land [him].’