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Minichiello crowing for cap concessions

By Ben Horne 13/07/2010 07:47:42 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters star Anthony Minichiello has called on the NRL to speed up its introduction of salary cap concessions for long-serving players.

Minichiello is in his 11th year of loyal service for the Roosters, and needs to make a decision on his future in the coming weeks.

The NRL have been discussing the concept of implementing allowances for players who have played a certain amount of years for one club, but say they haven't come up with a mechanism or set a date for when any such changes would come into effect.

The Roosters fullback fears he and other veterans like Canterbury's Andrew Ryan and Brett Kimmorley and Newcastle's Adam MacDougall will miss the boat for concessions or be lost to the game in Australia entirely if the NRL doesn't make a decision soon.

"The main thing is to try and get it in before next season. Hopefully it's something that will happen before then," Minichiello told AAP.

"I'm waiting on that too ... I think they want to make an announcement on it in the next month or so.

"It needs to come in for sure, long-serving players to one club or to the game need to be rewarded and hopefully the NRL is looking at that."

Minichiello is desperate to remain at Bondi Junction, and has no intention of ever lining up against the Roosters, meaning if money issues force him out, he will join the long list of players lost to the English Super League.

"I love the Roosters, I couldn't see myself playing in another jersey to be honest, so that's why I'm hoping this concession will come in," he added.

"I'm hoping to stay on with the Roosters, hopefully working something out there. Hopefully before the finals start (future will be sorted), but I'm not getting too worried about it."

Ryan is another ageing warrior praying for the concessions to come through, but the Bulldogs captain has little confidence the overhaul will happen while he's still around.

There's been speculation Ryan will head to England before his contract expires at the end of next year. He has declared staying in Belmore is his preference, but any help he could get from the NRL would go a long way.

"Absolutely, bloody oath, but I can't see it happening though," Ryan said.

"I think all these things are going to be beyond my time. There's going to be a few of us who are going to be bitter old men, like myself, Nathan Hindmarsh and guys like Anthony Minichiello.

"It's obviously great for the game if guys who have been around clubs and they want to stay, and you can get concessions for them, I think it's a great thing."

"I'm still signed with the Dogs next year and that's my priority.

"I'd like to play on depending on how the body's going and whether the club's keen ... I think at some stage we've thought about going over there (England) but that just depends, I'd still like to stay at the Bulldogs and finish off my career."

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