Journeyman Payten to be on three
different payrolls

Sydney Roosters prop Todd Payten will find himself in the unique situation of being paid by three National Rugby League clubs when he plays for Wests Tigers from next year. The Tigers have announced Payten has agreed to terms with the joint venture club for the next two years.

Sydney was forced to release Payten because of salary cap pressures midway through a two-year contract while he was being still being paid by the Raiders, who terminated his three year deal at the end of last season.

It means Payten will be receiving payments from three different clubs when he plays for the Tigers in 2004. His manager Darryl Mather says the situation proves the salary cap is squeezing players out of clubs.