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#1 foozler

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 04:10 PM

In all of the noise this week about the RFL's apparent poor management of the game, and Dr K going on about the salary cap, it has been interesting to read about the support of the RFL and the likes of Moran, Davy and (some shock here) Hetherington saying they are all in favour of a marquee player allowance.

 

My understanding is that the SL clubs decide on the cap and whether to increase or not. Presuming that the poorest SL clubs are the one's who have to date blocked any increase so as to avoid losing ground on the richer clubs, and that the two sides relegated from SL at the end of 2014 will be from the poorer end of the scale, what likelihood is there that those clubs wanting upwards changes to the cap will be in the majority for 2015? 

 

Is it possible to say how much the cap should increase by? Should there be any restrictions on who qualifies as a marquee allowance player? For example should the allowance be limited to players who qualify to play for any of the British Isles nations/ and France (the aim being to keep the best of British Isles and French talent playing up here), or should it be opened up to players from elsewhere in the world?



#2 Wolford6

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 04:37 PM

New £5m salary cap for the Aviva RU Premiership.


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#3 The Big Gun

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:00 PM

New £5m salary cap for the Aviva RU Premiership.

Huh?

 

In answer to the question posed in the initial post, I think the salary cap should rise to maybe £2.5m at most and then there should be an allowance for one player's salary not to count against the cap at all. This 'marquee' player could be from anywhere in the world, as I think it's important for SL to still be attractive for the top southern hemisphere talent.



#4 gingerjon

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:08 PM

New £5m salary cap for the Aviva RU Premiership.

 

Different sport with larger squads ...


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#5 yipyee

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:12 PM

Different sport with larger squads ...

 

No Sh#t sherlock....

 

I would be in favour of a marquee player, but what would happen is every club would feel the need to have one...que much debate that so and so isn't good enough to be marquee....when in reality it would be the highest paid player that didnt qualify for other deductions.....



#6 DAZROVER1985

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:25 PM

Featherstone have announced that they will be spending full salary cap, although they feel it isn't big enough

#7 RSN

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:33 PM

I think they should have a similar salary cap, but change some of the rules within it.

For example the wage of a European under 21 should only have 60% of their wage on the salary cap. A European 22 - 26 should have 80% of their wage of the salary cap ect. Any out of European player should have 100% of their wage on the cap. Players who have been at their club at least 5 years professionally should have 10% of their wage knocked off the cap and another 10% every 5 years after that. There would also be 2 marquee signings for every club which must be European.

At least then 1) it would encourage the development of high class youngsters. 2) it gives clubs a better chance of keep their youngsters as they can offer higher wages than other clubs 3) it would prevent clubs buying past it Aussies over our young players.

Edited by RSN, 05 February 2014 - 05:33 PM.

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#8 nadera78

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:38 PM

2.5million with a minimum spend of 80%. That should sort the men from the boys.


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#9 Steve Slater

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:38 PM

I can remember the time when Wally Lewis came over to play for Wakefield for 11 matches. His wages of about £1K per match were paid for by a sponsor. If a club can get a rich sponsor to pay a marque player's wages, why not, as long as it doesn't affect the clubs other sponsorship income? This could be outside the salary cap, as long as it was for just one player.

Another opportunity for this type of arrangement seems to have been missed, however. There are sceptics that say the new middle group of 8 will be a foregone conclusion, with the 4 Super League clubs running away with it and avoiding relegation because of their much larger salary cap. But shouldn't the Championship clubs be allowed to even this up a bit by an increase in salary cap for the group of 8, and a transfer window?

You might ask where the new players would come from, but with no relegation from the NRL, and nothing left to fight for, some clubs unlikely to feature in their play-offs may be willing to release one or two off their wage bill to let them have a 2 month working holiday in England? Imagine Jonathan Thurston coming over to play a cameo role at Fax, or Billy Slater to Leigh?

It's a pity the Sky deal has been struck, because this kind of initiative would increase the TV and neutral interest in the middle 8! 



#10 GeordieSaint

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:42 PM

£2m with a marquee player exception and allowances for homegrown internationals; don't want to kick the 'ass' out of it too much...


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#11 RSN

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:45 PM

2.5million with a minimum spend of 80%. That should sort the men from the boys.


A mini league or Wigan, Saints, Leeds, Wire, Catalan, Salford and maybe Hull should be interesting.

#12 bobbruce

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:52 PM

£2m with a marquee player exception and allowances for homegrown internationals; don't want to kick the 'ass' out of it too much...


Isn't it already about £2.3m if a club uses all the availible exemptions.

#13 RSN

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 06:13 PM

Isn't it already about £2.3m if a club uses all the availible exemptions.


Derwent posted a few facts and figures some time last year clarifying everything (I think it was him) maybe wrong and it was around 2.3m if I recall rightly.

#14 gingerjon

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 06:40 PM

I think they should have a similar salary cap, but change some of the rules within it.

For example the wage of a European under 21 should only have 60% of their wage on the salary cap. A European 22 - 26 should have 80% of their wage of the salary cap ect. Any out of European player should have 100% of their wage on the cap. Players who have been at their club at least 5 years professionally should have 10% of their wage knocked off the cap and another 10% every 5 years after that. There would also be 2 marquee signings for every club which must be European.

At least then 1) it would encourage the development of high class youngsters. 2) it gives clubs a better chance of keep their youngsters as they can offer higher wages than other clubs 3) it would prevent clubs buying past it Aussies over our young players.

 

This is covered in the policy review proposal put forward by the RFL.


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