Roosters deny Lockyer approach

The Sydney Roosters and player manager George Mimis will today deny they have held discussions over the possibility of star Brisbane five-eighth Darren Lockyer joining the club.

NRL boss David Gallop will interview the related parties today following a media report this morning suggesting a possible breach of the game?s anti-tampering laws. Under the law, no club is allowed to approach a player from a rival club before June 30.

The Roosters could be fined up to $100,000 if it is found that they have talked to Lockyer outside NRL guidelines.

It?s believed the Roosters are interested in signing Lockyer following Brad Fittler?s retirement announcement earlier this month.

Lockyer is off contract at the end of the season and has not yet decided on his future.

It?s understood that the NRL have asked Brisbane if they wish to make a complaint regarding the issue.

It?s possible that conversations have been had regarding Lockyer?s possible switch to the Roosters, but loopholes in the guidelines may have been used to escape penalty.

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