THE NRL has vowed to review the third-party agreement system in an effort to rid the game of salary cap rorting once and for all.
The Rugby League Players Association revealed in a statement the governing body has agreed to review the TPA system, which it says is largely to blame for clubs breaching the salary cap.
It comes in the wake of Manly being issued a breach notice after the NRL claimed to have found potential salary cap rorting over the past five years.
Two Sea Eagles officials have also been issued show cause notices and could be deregistered as punishment.
Now the NRL could completely overhaul the third-party system that often pushes clubs over the salary cap.
“What the preliminary findings do highlight is the need to review the current third-party agreement system,” the RLPA said.
“Unfortunately, this is not the first time that salary cap breaches have been exposed which have a direct link to the negotiation and agreement of third party arrangements.
“As part of the collective bargaining agreement negotiations, the NRL and RLPA have agreed to undertake a review of the TPA system.
“While we do not have any fixed views on the system or how it could be improved, we look forward to working with the NRL and other key stakeholders to review the current arrangements.
“We stress that the review is not a direct consequence of the preliminary findings in relation to the Sea Eagles. However, the findings do reinforce the need to discuss improvements to this space.”
Last week NRL 360 co-host Paul Kent delivered a mighty spray on Fox League, calling for the NRL to “throw out” third-party agreements altogether.
“Players can no longer argue they are being financially left in the lurch,” Kent said.
“It’s only the top earners anyway that get the third-party agreements, no one wants to sponsor player number 25 on your roster.
“It’s the top-end guys who are earning the big cash in their contracts, they’re getting third parties, the NRL needs to get the whole lot and throw them out and say that’s it, they are banned.”