The Cronulla Sharks were handed a $353,000 cap fine by the NRL for seasons 2019 and 2020, after CEO Barry Russell self-reporting salary cap problems dating back to the 2013 season.
Cronulla were hit with an initial $750,000 fine, although the NRL discounted the fine down to just $250,000 given Russell’s honesty.
As a result Cronulla are required to offload one player before round one begins, to fall under the 2019 salary cap.
Cronulla veteran Ava Seumanufagai may be the unlucky Shark who makes way to allow for the club to be salary cap compliant for the 2019 NRL season.
English Super League giants the Leeds Rhino are believed to be interested in his services, as coach David Furner struggles with his new club continue with the Rhinos winning just one game for the season.
Seumanufagai played 13 games for the Sharks in 2018 but boasts NRL experience of 118 games making him a valuable addition to any side. He is currently signed until the end of the 2019 season.
The Rhinos are believed to have tabled an offer to Seumanufagai, a multi year deal. No doubt is an attractive offer for a player in terms of job security but of course, requires him to move to the other side of the world.
The 27-year-old is off-contract this season, but wants to remain in the NRL, although understands his options may be limited in 2019, given the Sharks’ impressive crop of young forwards.