https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/08/10/nrl-top-30-squads-to-be-published-to-increase-transparency/ As it stands each outfit must confirm a top 24 roster for 2019 with the NRL as of November 1, the start of rugby league's financial calendar, with 29 players to be signed on when the playing season starts in the first week of March. Clubs then have up until the traditional June 30 deadline to sign a final player to fill their top 30 squad, with between three and six players also retained on development contracts. It's understood a key change to the model is likely to make clubs more receptive to publishing full squad lists in 2019, with players who are still included in a club's salary cap but no longer playing there no longer occupying a roster spot from next season. For example, retired Manly forward Nate Myles remains both on the Sea Eagles books and fills a spot in their top 30 squad because they are still paying his salary in 2018. With a number of clubs, notably Canterbury due to their much-publicised salary cap woes, paying the salaries of players at rival outfits, they are naturally reticent to make that public knowledge with a full squad list on their own website. In 2019 however, clubs will still be obliged to fulfil their financial obligations to any player released, with that included in their salary cap. But they will be able to fill their vacant top 30 spot with another player. There is expected to be a push from clubland for greater leniency when it comes to selecting players from their development lists for NRL promotion. Currently clubs must apply for special dispensation to add a development player to their first grade squad, typically an injury crisis that sees them lose all other options in that select player's position. It's understood the NRL is comfortable with this facet of the top 30 model, which in conjunction with last year's Collective Bargaining Agreement, is designed to make it harder for clubs to stockpile junior talent on base level contracts. The most high-profile example of dispensation being denied again took place at Manly, when applications to have Manase Fainu elevated to their top 30 squad were rejected because capable but out of favour hooking options Jackson Hastings and Lewis Brown remained available.