Trent Barrett

Barrett: Sea Eagles face tough task shedding players

Despite Barrett's best intentions to shield his players from the fallout of the $750,000 fine and $660,000 in cap deductions over 2018-19 announced on Monday, he has 12 players off contract at the end of this year – seven are in the 17 he named to face the Canberra Raiders at Lottoland on Saturday.

"We've spoken as a group about it and we'll do our best to keep them informed about what’s going on," Barrett said on Friday.

"As I understand it the club did lodge an appeal last night (Thursday) so who knows what's going to happen.