This whole idea is based on a bit of dream world. None of the NRL's finest will come to SL as a result. The peak for Australian players is to play State of Origin. If they come here, they can't do that. Players like Inglis are celebrities in Australia. If the likes of Inglis, Slater and Thurston came to England, they wouldn't be recognised walking down the streets of any major UK city except Leeds!
And will this rule stop British players moving to the NRL? I don't think so. Players don't just go for money. Their young men, with a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to Sydney, play in the best league in the world and better their lives. Matching their wages won't be enough to stop some from going.
And then when marquee players do come from the NRL they often flop. Hohaia, Matt King, Kevin Locke to name three. Yet relative unknowns such as Jamie Lyon can come here and are talked about for years to come. I can only see this rule widening the gap between top and bottom of Super League and between the Super League and the Championship.
Our priorities are all wrong. Clubs weren't willing to invest £30,000 to set up a reserve grade a couple of seasons ago. Now the majority want to throw hundreds of thousands at average Aussies and pay them inflated wages. It's a short term fix, and short sighted thinking yet again.
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