2 questions here :-
fans today seem to have an inferiority complex that NRL stars won't play in SL , partially true , for say a early 20's origin pick ( unless he has had a run in with a clinic or the law )
However Slater, Cameron Smith are 30, , and with the exception of SBW who commanded 1Million $ Aus ( £556K ) a year contract at Roosters they are all not on megabucks , when their next deal comes up , they may not command the same value , and a spell with a top ( or a well backed ) SL club can be a possibilty.
2nd point is the Cap & the marquee player discussion .
If a club had the sanction to make 1 or two unrestricted marquee player signings there are probably 5-6 clubs who could take advantage ? a would that be fair to other clubs who can't & Is it fair to fans of those 5-6 clubs who would like to see recognised NRL stars play SL.
I grew up watching Winter RL , where I got a chance to see Brett Kenny , Gene Miles , Wally Lewis , Mal Meninga , Cliff Lyons , Garry Jack , Andrew Ettinghausen ,Langer apart from a brief appearance of Andrew Johns with Warrington . SL has lost the exotic appeal & the Cap / Franchising hasn't exactly proven the mechanism to A) level the competitive playing arena , or steady the financial situation with the SL C) deliver a AnZac beating international side .
So outside of basic NIHBY rivalry, ( Not In HIS Back Yard ) If the Likes of Koukash . Or Mason , Caddicks , MacManus , Pearson or Davy could bankroll & underwrite marquee signs is the Sport doing itself down not allowing them ? and would a league able to boast a virtual origin side be more appealing to both fans & ' commercial partners ' ..
Edited by Middleman, 11 December 2013 - 01:18 PM.