Three quarters of Super League stars would consider leaving for the NRL or rugby union, according to a groundbreaking poll conducted by Rugby League World magazine and players association 1eagu3.
In a first for this country, players in the top flight have been asked about a host of key issues in the game.
The full results will be published in the October edition of Rugby League World magazine, which is out this Friday, September 6.
Among them is the fact that 75 per cent of those polled admitted that their heads have been turned by the greater salaries on offer in both the NRL and the 15-man code.
Using a text service put in place by 1eague3 to canvass the opinion of its members, players were asked for their opinion on issues such as depression, the marketing of the sport in England, refereeing standards and whether a reserve grade should be re-introduced.
The poll attracted responses from over 150 different players - almost half of the total number involved in Super League at present.
Jon Wilkin, the Chairman of 1eagu3, believes that now is the time that players' opinions should be properly heard.
"One of the big issues for us is that players' opinions have never really been taken seriously in the game," Wilkin told Rugby League World.
"Individual players have been asked their opinion, but they are usually the high-profile players who have had good careers within the game.
"This survey gave us the opportunity to cover all bases, and hear what young and old players alike think about the big issues in the game, whatever their profile is.
"These players do a fantastic job for the game week on week, and it's the general consensus of 1eague3 that it's a really valuable thing to be able to understand how they feel.
"Pieces of work like this allow us to gauge opinions across Super League. We are passionately protecting the best interests of the sport.
"I found some of the results really surprising. They certainly weren't what some of my preconceived ideas were."
Wilkin added that the response to the question over the NRL and rugby union shows that Super League needs to tackle the issue of keeping its leading stars.
"We knew it was an issue, with the amount of press that the Burgess boys have been getting in Australia, and everything around the England RU set-up with guys like Chris Ashton," Wilkin said.
"There seems to be a lot of positive momentum towards leaving the game in this country, and that's something that we need to address."
The full results of the first ever players poll in this country will be revealed in the October edition of Rugby League World magazine, out this Friday 6th Sept.
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