Roosters sign ex-Warriors prop Matt Lodge for just $100k for remainder of the NRL season
Roosters Sign Matt Lodge For Just $100k For Rest Of NRL Season – Weeks After His HUGE Golden Handshake From The Warriors
- Prop Matt Lodge, 27, allegedly struck a deal with Sydney Roosters
- Will be his fourth NRL club, previous stints with Tigers, Broncos and the Warriors
- Lodge has reportedly signed up for $100,000 for the rest of the NRL season
- Frees up front rower to potentially sign with Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins for 2023
Journeyman prop Matt Lodge is poised to sign for his fourth NRL club, with the Sydney Roosters reportedly close to securing his services for the remainder of the season.
Lodge, 27, is being tipped to face ladder leaders Penrith this Friday for the Tricolors – while Trent Robinson’s men are looking to jump back to the top eight.
Lodge, who retired from the New Zealand Warriors last month, will be offering some much-needed mongrel to a forward pack that has struggled for most of the season.
Many gave the Chooks a chance to become prime minister for the first round, but consistency was a glaring issue.
A number of key players such as Luke Keary, Victor Radley and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves have all been injured as well.
Lodge played the first eight games of the year for the NZ Warriors but moved to Sydney to live on the northern beaches of Bayview.
Controversial prop Matt Lodge is poised to sign for his fourth NRL club, with the Sydney Roosters reportedly close to securing his services (pictured, in action for the Warriors)
The 27-year-old has also played NRL with the Tigers, Broncos and Warriors (pictured, with partner Jessica O’Sullivan)
He was tipped to sign on the dotted line for the Sea Eagles, but the Roosters offered him a $100,000 deal instead.
They have enough room in their salary cap to accommodate Lodge following the mid-season departure of young guns Ronald Volkman and Freddy Lussick to the Warriors.
Since leaving the Warriors, Lodge has played a second-class rugby union match in Brisbane with Norths.
A heated altercation with Warriors owner Mark Robinson in May led to Lodge leaving the club – remarkably, with a $700,000 golden handshake.
“I don’t want to play parkfooty,” he recently told the Daily Telegraph.
“I will keep myself as fit as possible and I will be ready if there is a chance at any of the clubs.”
A heated altercation with Warriors owner Mark Robinson last month led to Lodge leaving the club – remarkably with a $700,000 golden handshake
The couple have two boys – Coby and Tommy – and the family is now enjoying life in eastern Sydney
Lodge is a smart pick-up for the Roosters – and is similar to the deal where club supremo Nick Politis lured cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams back to the club for five games in 2020.
In October 2015, Lodge was arrested in New York for allegedly assaulting a man and threatening two women – just months after he resigned from the Wests Tigers for stalking.
Lodge was taken into custody when he followed two women to an apartment, told them ‘this is the night you die’ and assaulted a man.
Lodge was arrested after terrified onlookers called the police.
He was charged with criminal mischief, reckless danger, criminal trespass, assault and threat.
Lodge eventually reached a confidential settlement to compensate victims for his drunken frenzy in the Big Apple.
After two years out of the NRL, he signed with the Broncos for the 2018 season and joined the Warriors last year.
The NRL rumor mill has also suggested Lodge could reunite with Wayne Bennett with the Dolphins, who will join the competition in March as the 17th club franchise.