Of course Rules for some but not others
While your at it Smith go and get SBW back too
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“I've got exceptional power, which I can use if I think it's for the greater good of the game." said Smith.
Give Souths special dispensation to rort the cap? Yeah that'll impress the other clubs and their fans and be great for the game. What planet does this bloke come from?
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I've no problem with the NRL luring stars from other competitions or codes, but they need a fair way of allocating said stars to clubs, otherwise it is a rort plain and simple. Burgess has already said he'd like to return and would only play for Souths.
Getting rid of the cap would be a disaster for us. Brisbane would spend $20 million a year, as would souffs & the rorters. Those three would take turns to win premierships and we wouldn't win another.
The salary cap is the single most important part of the game and here we now have a foolish banker tinkering with it at his sole discretion. This is a seriously scary development.
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I don't have a problem with the NRL using $$ to lure players from rival codes. What I do have a problem with is luring them back and allowing them to play with the premiership winning team.
He would be good to the code, aside from the few indiscretions, but should be brought back to play at one of the struggling teams only, outside the 8 as a minimum criteria.
Otherwise it is a clear rort of the cap.
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Just when I think the current administration couldn't be more of a joke, they do something like this.
As others have stated I have no issue with league trying to get the elite players back to the game, but as usual it seems that some clubs and some players benefit more than others.
I know this was stated previously also, we should have DCE suddenly garnering million dollar interest from Japanese rugby (don't tell me that they wouldn't bite) and then get the powers that be to provide salary cap relief.
The problem as usual is that this just reeks of one rule for one, and others getting screwed. We'll throw the kitchen sink at keeping those that turn their back on the game, yet loyal servants like Beaver, Kitey, Gifty get edged out (when they want to stay) and that's fine??
Stop being so closed minded, thr NRL should be getting involved as the game is stronger with Burgess, SBW, Folau and Hunt involved!
That said I do believe there should be some more structure to it. I believe there should be a centrally contracted list released each year of 10 players who are used by the nrl to market the game......so essentially they are hired by the nrl as ambassadors
This list changes yearly based on marketability and performance with clubs having no bearing on who is chosen.
Each player receives 200k for the season with bad behavior voiding payments
A current list could look something like
Then I dunno, 3 others
Gallen doesnt make it due to ASADA but would have made this years list, Barba would have made the 2013 list (after a big 2012) but has since faded, Cronk whilst a great player doesnt bring the marketability, Farah could be there but is a bit to prickly and outspoken etc etc
You can have multiple players from 1 club if thats the way it falls.....players like Folau would be told that if they return to the NRL they would be on the following years list and would remain there if their form and brand remains strong.
This not only helps players stay in the game but also encourages them to engage with the media whilst building there own personal brand
It also has no advantage to any particular team
[hr]That is also a rort and also would disadvantage well run clubs such as out own
The nrl topping up a deal cannot be reliant on them playing for any club be it a strong or a weak club.
If the NRL offered Folau a 500k top up he can the choose to sign for the roosters at 300k, Parra at 500k or the raiders at 1.6mill.......the salary cap is not affected by his top up
Great player. Did fantastic for Souths. Now chasing RU World Cup glory and $$$.
Totally unfair Nrl.
Give him to the Sharks or Canberra.
Oh no, I forgot. Souths winning is great for the game.
Souths are the 'peoples team'.
Well who supports the other 15 clubs? Obviously can't be humans with hearts and passion.
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