Many many moons ago when I started following league a players contract was made up of a signing on fee and match payments. These match payments were very significant amounts for a win and stuff all for a loss.
Now I have actually never seen a NRL contract,but today it seems that most contracts are all about a set amount per year with very little incentives to achieve wins. I know players have certain bonuses if they make certain rep standards,but except for the real battler on a incentive based contract the rest seem to get the same money if they have a great year or a poor year.
I suppose the problem is for a club to attract players they have to do what the rest of the market is doing and of course the salary cap comes into play as you have to be able to put a definite value on a players head.
I just think you need to have incentives or it becomes to easy just to go through the motions