Isn't Hetherington opposed to any increase in the salary cap period?
I appreciate the issue of sustainability and not wanting to create unaffordable salaries, but IMO the cap should be index linked to enable club's purchasing power to remain constant YOY, rather than decreasing as is the current case. No good moaning about the purchasing power of RU or the NRL if SL clubs choose to handicap themselves in this way. I know not everyone would be able to keep up even with a 3% increase in cap spend but that's just a fact of life when running an elite sports league.
Whilst on the subject, I would take a leaf out of the RU Premiership's salary cap rulebook and introduce a marquee player exemption. This would go some way to counterbalancing the impact of the poor £/ AUS $ rate, HMRC clampdown on dodgy offshore tax arrangements and the increase in NRL cap. Each club could nominate one player in their squad to be exempt from the cap, so if say Dr K wanted to offer Cameron Smith or Billy Slater or Benji Marshall £1m pa to play in Salford he could do so and still be able to put a decent squad together. Right now I can't see any other way of getting the really big stars from the NRL over here. Or if Wigan want to pay Tomkins a similar amount so that he stays, that would free up the existing cap spend on him to either increase their squad size or better remunerate the other top performers in their squad. Obviously this would need to be closely policed by the RFL, with clubs demonstrating the affordability and sustainability of the deal, but I see no reason why it can't be done.
Thanks for the post, extremely interesting.
It may be if he's said anything that he wants all clubs to be able to spend the same.
But all for another thread.
It would be great to see Dr. Koukash attract a big name or two from down under.