Roger's Storm future under a cloud
GYMPIE rugby league product and former Devils player Billy Rogers has found himself buried deep in the biggest scandal in Australia’s sporting history.
Rogers plays for the Melbourne Storm under-21 squad and is one of many players shocked to the core by revelations Thursday afternoon the club had been in breach of its salary cap for the past five years.
Since the scandal broke, the NRL has acted swiftly and mercilessly, slapping the club with a $1.6 million fine, stripping it of its two premiership wins, three minor premierships titles and revoking its ability to accrue points for the remainder of the season.
The scandal has sent shockwaves through the entire NRL and rugby league community, and aftershocks continue to rock Melbourne Storm fans.
Melbourne Storm’s predicament now casts a bleak cloud over its future, which in turn will directly impact Rogers as he sought to find a path into the Storm’s A grade line-up – particularly after making debut against the Brisbane Broncos in a pre-season trial match earlier this year.
Rogers was unable to be contacted by The Gympie Times yesterday as speculation mounted over a Melbourne Storm lockdown as the club attempted to pick up the pieces and find a way out of its quagmire.
The Gympie Times’ contacted local rugby league identities yesterday for their thoughts on the growing outrage following Melbourne Storm’s long-term and calculated rorting of the salary cap.