ARL Clubs Expected To Receive $7M In Funding But 'Another Battle' Looms
National Rugby League clubs are expected to receive their "long-awaited A$7M ($7.3M) in funding, but another battle is looming as the players' union voices its frustration over delays in finalising its slice of the pie," according to Honeysett & Read of THE AUSTRALIAN. The union has accused the Australian Rugby League Commission of making comments that were "factually untrue and designed to avoid criticism." While the grant will be finalized, frustration is "growing among the players" over delays in finalizing the salary cap. Rugby League Players' Association CEO David Garnsey sent an email to members last week expressing his concerns by "outlining the reasons for delays in the process." The email read: "While it is true that the ARLC has recently had a number of urgent matters to address, it is unquestionably disappointing that the ARLC has not been able to find time to respond to our proposal or to meet us between September 24 and November 1, not least because, in our previous meetings, its representatives had repeatedly expressed a desire to attempt to reach an agreement with the players by October 31." The email also accuses the commission of "failing to return calls and cancelling meetings at the last minute" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/31).