Australia has a strict salary cap and has the vast majority of world famous names and any team can win the Grand Final. What is it a shortcut to again?
A bit daft , NRL Salary cap is 6.3 M $ for players ( 4Million in GBP) , with 3 broadcast partners and 1 Billion $Aus to develop infrastructure , how ' strict' do they have to be with that amount of cash ..?
Any one of the 16 premier teams can win ? but Brisbane , Manly, Melbourne & Roosters mainly , you have to go back 10 years to when an unfancied side won 'Penrith' so that's no different from Wigan Leeds Saints domination of the top prize in SL.
The point is the current UK SL plan is neither levelling the competition, controlling finances and is possible holding back the competition as a spectacle & for potential backers & sponsors.
Academy development is crucial , but for for every Tomkins or Ben Crooks , there is a need for a Trent Barrett , a Ryan Hoffman , a Jamie Lyon , Matt King .
At present Good players are coming through , SL clubs simply cannot attract top -line International players to add spectacle, colour & to bring on these players .and we are now losing these Top young UK players to the NRL .
This trend will continue, and the SL will become more devalued. the Teams that can afford have to allowed in some way to speculate as long as the backroom development is continuing alongside .
Edited by Middleman, 12 December 2013 - 12:13 PM.