It's foolish for the NRL to think that all clubs need only 25 first grade salary capped players. The younger teams may get away with that; but for us, we are better off keeping the older players at 50% fulltime salary capped payments. The catch is, these part time players would only be allowed to play half the allotted games. Players union, on our behalf, should make an application to vary the current nrl enterprise agreement, permitting players, as per the FW Act, the right to apply for part time work at part time rates. These laws cover private sector employees, including nrl players. Players would be permitted, as per the national employment standards, the right to make a written part time work application. The club would have a legislated obligation to reply to that flexible work application within 21 days. The clock ticks and I'm trying to think of creative ways to keep all the players we want and allow them all to retire gracefully at MANLY. We need the support of the players union. PS Employees and players are permitted to request any form of flexible work arrangement. We can have players on 50%, 80% or wharever, play and pay deals. It's not just the vibe of the thing, it's the law!