Penrith Panthers’ five-eighth, Jarome Luai, has expressed his satisfaction with the way the club is managing their salary cap, despite the imminent big money deal for fullback Dylan Edwards.
The Panthers are renowned for their wealth of young talent, but the club’s officials have been forced to make difficult decisions in recent times to ensure they can retain their stars.
Luai, who is on a bargain deal until the end of next season, admitted that he is fortunate to be playing alongside plenty of high-calibre players, but understands the need to balance the financial situation of the club.
“I’m just happy playing footy with these boys. We’ve got plenty of blokes in the team who could be in the 17 for other clubs, but we’re all happy to take less to stay together,” Luai told the media.
“I’m not really worried about, to be honest. I trust the powers that be, they do a great job. We’ve got a good squad and a good group of boys that know what we’re all about.”
Edwards, who has established himself as a key player for the Panthers, is reportedly set to sign a multi-year deal worth over $1 million per season. Despite the significant financial outlay, Luai is adamant his teammate is worth the investment.
“Dylan’s been killing it for us, and he deserves everything that’s coming his way. For me personally, I just want to keep doing what I’m doing, and hopefully, the rest takes care of itself.”
Penrith is currently second on the NRL ladder and are shaping as a genuine premiership threat. While the financial implications of retaining their stars are significant, the Panthers are determined to keep their squad together to continue their success.