I would encourage young players to NOT employ the services of a manager to negotiate a contract, and use their fee in another way. I would love to see something like this happen.... Each club has an internal person employed to help players come to a contract agreement. The agreement is as simplistic and transparent as possible so all parties can easily understand all that is required to see the contract through. In our case, I'd like to see Kingy given the role once he hangs up the boots. I'm not sure which direction his Law expertise takes, but a simple contract agreement is probably within his capabilities. It would be great to keep him at the club after he retires. His role could expand into helping players with 3rd party deals. Say a player, for arguments sake, DCE wants to play for Manly and Manly wants him here. Now, lets say he agrees to $400k per year. A manager may take 10% of that as his fee. Rather than pay this $40k to a manager....imagine if the player actually gave it back to the club to invest in a younger player. If we could use that $40k to invest the time etc into a young bloke, and keep him at the club, we are investing in our future. Imagine a whole team willing to dice their managers and reinvest their managers cut back into the club! A small % from each players 10% could also go towards paying the salary for the newly created role for Kingy. The salary cap would still stand and be adhered to. Nothing changes there. The players would be losing nothing. They would still be on the same money they would have been getting anyway. Managers would not be there to manipulate the media and create tensions between players by "leaking" stories to try and bolster their own income. The club would be financially better off and have more chance of keeping young talent here. The players are happy, the clubs are happy, the young talent is happy so the fans would be happy which in turn should make the NRL happy. Well, it'll never happen I guess so it doesn't matter....but jeez I'd love to know if it would be possible, and if so, I'd love Manly to be the team to adopt it first.