I have an alternative to the Salary Cap, which I think could work. The Cap, as it stands, is confusing and impossible to police. Instead of a Salary Cap, I propose a Points Cap. Not a new idea, and not one I claim to have invented, but I think it could work. A committee would have to be established to assign a point value to every player in the competition. There would be parameters to work within, eg a base value for established first graders (say 50 games), a higher base for current/recent Origin players, and a higher base again for current/recent internationals. The committee would have the discretion to assign values within this framework. Each club would have a maximum point value their squad can reach. What they actually pay them is irrelevant and there would be no cap on players actual salaries. While there would be some variances and anomalies, I think salaries would generally be proportionate to their points value. This would help with players leaving the game for more money, as there would be no restriction on what they could earn in League. Now, this is where the current Glenn Stewart situation comes in. A long serving discount should kick in after five consecutive years at the one club. A 20% discount in the 6th year, increasing by 20% each year, so players with 10 consecutive years have a point value of 0, but only for that club. On top of this, a local junior has set discount of 50% for the duration of their career, if playing for their junior club. I'd also like to see each club assigned a development area in the bush, to help country league, which is really struggling. Clubs would hold coaching clinics, attend awards nights, and play one NRL game in their assigned area. In return, they have first option on players from that area. These players, for the purpose of the local junior discount, would be considered local juniors for that club. The points of each player would be reviewed at the end of the season, so all negotiations would be in the off-season, hopefully eliminating mid-season speculation on where players are going. The points values would also be made public, so the whole system is transparent. Obviously there would be some debate on why player x is valued more than player y, but you already have that now with some of the salaries that are reported. It would need some tweaking by people smarter than I, but that's the basic framework of a system I'd like to see implemented.