Mentioned on another thread, margquee players, union players salary don't count onf the cap for two years, I think, I posted it but my memory is a bit bleary!
Seperately, this is a bit of a slap in the face of the RFL - which they may need - but it was Wood who introduced him to the game and told him explicitely about Salford's troubles. They then allowed him to complete the take-over.
I am all in favour of a marquee player allowance in RL.
Let's be clear though that in the Aviva Premiership there is only 1 marquee player (MP) per club and that there are a number of restrictions governing the application of the allowance in regard to English players.
For example, Newcastle RU are likely to be promoted back to the Aviva for next season. Let's imagine they want a new fly half/ stand off. The Falcons could sign All Black maestro Dan Carter, register him as their marquee player on a £2m pa contract, pay him that amount from day 1 and still have the full £4.3m cap for the rest of their squad. So their effective cap is £6.3m.
However, if they wanted to sign say Owen Farrell from Saracens, they would have to wait 2 years before they could register him as their marquee player. They could pay him £2m pa from day 1 but this would count on the cap. This measure is designed to stop clubs raiding each other for English players.
Obviously there could be issues about the exact identity of the marquee player and other squad members feeling hard done by so I think most Premiership clubs keep their marquee player's identity underwraps. Bath I think went public on the fact All Black McDonald was their MP but by all accounts he was a flop (Bath are loaded though so wouldn't have been an issue). It is probably fair to assume that Gavin Henson was London Welsh's MP, and that Danny Cirpriani would be Sale's MP.