SYDNEY Roosters fans are the latest forced to swallow rugby league's bitter pill which allows players to negotiate and announce they are leaving a club six months before the grand final.
The Warriors confirmed fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was headed across the Tasman to accept a huge offer to replace English international Sam Tomkins, who wants out of his contract with the Warriors because his girlfriend is feeling homesick.
The Roosters groomed the electrifying Tuivasa-Sheck to take over from retired star Anthony Minichiello and he had been doing a magnificent job in the No.1 jumper.
He ran for more than 300 metres last weekend in the shock loss to Cronulla and has been playing brilliantly for the Roosters and for New Zealand scoring eight tries in his seven Tests to date.
Despite their big-spending reputation, the Roosters have no way of even getting close to the reported $800,000 a season the Warriors are set to pay, given they have a strong, highly paid roster and have had to fend off offers to young firebrand forward Dylan Napa.
Manly supporters know the gut-wrenching feeling of having to cheer for star players who will be playing for opposition NRL sides with champion halfback Daly Cherry-Evans joining the Gold Coast and world-class No.6 Kieran Foran linking up with Anthony Watmough at Parramatta.
It's another reason the NRL has to come up with a better negotiating window to prevent players shifting from one club to another when the season has barely started.
Meanwhile, young Roosters forward Willis Meehan, a heavyweight boxer who has won three fights since turning professional, has been stood down following an incident at Sydney Star City Casino on Sunday when he allegedly head-butted a man.
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