Hmmm - surely there is an inducement for him to retire leaving Souffs with a large sum of cap money to spend. I could see it going down as " GI goes to Souffs and says i don’t think i can play anymore but i’m not retiring because it will cost me $1.5 mil. Souffs say don’t say anything yet we will tell the NRL that you are going to retire and we would like to keep you on as an ambassador. GI says ok - Souufs line up deal with NRL. GI announces retirement and gets ambassador role worth lets say $1.5 mil. Souffs don’t have to carry him on the books and suddenly have an extra $1.5 mil in their cap to spend.
Yep all sounds legit and above board to me.