The NRL rumour mill is in overdrive at the moment, with speculation that the Melbourne Storm may be engulfed in a salary cap problem.
The NRL has sent in Sgt. Shubert to investigate, a situation the governing body is frustrated about given that the Gold Coast Titans are already under the blow-torch for their alleged links to a former building contractor.
The alarm bells were sounded at the Storm when punters started laying unusually large bets on Melbourne to take the wooden spoon. Even medium sized bets on such an outcome are noted, given that the Storm are virtually favourites to win the competition.
The bets continued and several bookmaking outlets suspended betting and the NRL went in to investigate.
When you look at the roster the Storm have, it’s not hard to see why people ask questions. The likes of Greg Inglis, Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hoffman and Co – it’s pretty much a representative team.
While the old line suggesting ‘some players are being paid unders, just to be part of a winning team’ doesn’t always wash, because player managers generally will secure the best offer for their client and will advise against taking lower options unless in extreme circumstances.
Where there is smoke, there is usually fire.
We wait with interest.