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ARLC Officials, Players Could Sign New Deal By Year End, Suggests Higher Salary Cap
Published December 13, 2012
POSITIVE DISCUSSIONS: Cronulla Sharks skipper Paul Gallen said that "the discussions were positive." Gallen said, "The NRL has come back with a really good offer today. It's not where we want to be, but it's certainly not too far off. Things are moving forward. We're not too concerned about the date when we get a final answer. Hopefully before Christmas, you never know" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 12/13). In Sydney, Josh Massoud wrote "the circuit breaker was a willingness from the NRL [National Rugby League] to life next year's cap to between A$5.5M and A$5.8M, primarily through raising each club's marquee player allowance." An increase "of such magnitude would help" the Penrith Panthers and Manly Sea Eagles, which are "struggling to accommodate their squads under next year's cap." The "reliance on marquee players also relieves Grant from having to erode the future fund to compensate clubs for direct payments" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 12/13).