Michael Jennings’ switch to the Eels has seen the Roosters drift from $6.50 out to $7.00 for this year’s NRL title, but it’s created some salary cap space for Jarryd Hayne if his NFL dream comes to an end.
Should the Hayne Plane land in Bondi, online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au would immediately make the Roosters the new premiership favourites at $5.00, forcing current $4.75 top pick Brisbane back to the second line of betting.
As it stands, the Eels have firmed from $19 into $17 due to the signing of Jennings to go alongside other key recruits Kieran Foran, Beau Scott and Michael Gordon.
“The Eels will have that smile wiped off their face if the Jennings signing enables the Roosters to get their man Hayne. We’d have the Roosters as the clear team to beat should Hayne end up there,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.
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2016 NRL Premiership
$7.00 Roosters (out from $6.50)
$9.00 Sea Eagles
$17 Eels (in from $19)