my idea would be that we dispense with the salary cap but introduce two things
Clubs must spend a minimum of the equivalent of 15% of their overall salary cap on youth structure and player pathways.
e.g. Warrington spend 2Million on salary so also have to spend 300K on Youth pathways
Any junior signed from outside the clubs immediate area are are subject to two transfer fees:
** One to the amateur club from which the junior was signed
** One to the predominant Professional Club from the players home
e.g. Wigan signing a player from Wakefield's WF5 postcode would trigger a set transfers payable to Wakefield Trinity (15K) and the players Community Club i.e. Eastmoor ARLFC (5K)
The benefit of this is that it will force every club to invest in their youth pathway and any considerations of buying a new player also carries the added responsibility of finding the money that would be due to the Youth system. Over time such continuous and higher investment into the youth pathways would produce more and higher quality players and begin to negate the need for external signings.
The Community Club transfers fee would help fund the amateur game allowing it to stabilise and to grow
The Pro Transfer fee would help to limit the amount of raids into other areas and would help to distribute the wealth in the game.
Edited by OMEGA, 11 July 2014 - 12:20 PM.