Cronulla and NSW skipper Paul Gallen is yet to finalise a new contract with the club and some close to the situation believe that is no coincidence.
Gallen has been a warhorse for the Sharks but a source within Cronulla has told The81stMinute that his asking price is way too much considering how much football he has missed.
The lock is currently on $650,000 a year and has already publicly stated he deserves more to sign on for 2016.
The81stMinute understands Cronulla are willing to fork out around $450,000 and a job for life after football but offering more than $650,000 is their very last option.
Cronulla officials are trying to reshape the franchise and have many young stars on their books and just signed premiership-winning pivot James Maloney from the Sydney Roosters.
Throwing an exorbitant amount at an ageing warrior is less than suitable for CEO Lyall Gorman with the boss desperate to change the way the club is perceived.
Coach Shane Flanagan and officials are still at loggerheads after a number of disagreements on outgoing player’s futures including Michael Gordon and Sam Taegatese.
Gallen has played 68 games in the last five seasons and while the veteran finally held the State of Origin shield aloft last year, his club is still searching for their maiden premiership.