Johns: $12m salary cap in a bid to reduce NRL to 12-teams



  • RUGBY League immortal Andrew Johns has outlined his plan to overhaul the NRL, calling for a $12 million salary cap which would ensure only the strongest clubs survive.

    Johns told Wide World of Sports having nine Sydney teams was hurting the NRL.

    “I’ve got a theory that whatever the salary cap is now, say it’s $9 million; put it up to $12 million and then only the strong survive,” Johns said.

    “I’ve said publicly I think we should have a 12-team competition, there’s too many teams in Sydney.

    “So if that’s the way you put it up then only the strong survive. The ones that are administered strong, the ones with strong sponsorship, the ones that develop well, and then we get down eventually to 12 teams.”

    Johns’ comments come in the wake of the Sharks salary cap scandal which has seen the club investigated for alleged breaches relating to player payments in 2015.

    Johns said the current structure of the NRL gave the Brisbane Broncos an advantage as they were able to corner the market on corporate support. He called for the inclusion of another Brisbane team.

    “It’s a huge advantage for the Broncos, the Broncos have something like 650 kids on scholarship, so that’s a huge help for them. It does help.

    The Knights legend has raised the concept of a 12-team competition in the past, arguing the depth of talent is not there to sustain the current number of teams.

    While admitting it would never happen, John said merging the Sharks and Dragons would be an ideal fix.

    https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/andrew-johns-immortal-want-12m-salary-cap-to-reduce-nrl-to-12teams/news-story/e5af4effca64c7d3a0ca127bf3cd7e24

    Wants team numbers cut.
    Wants additional Brisbane team.



  • If the Tigers continue to have 6 home grounds and continue to divide the supporter base they will be one of the clubs to go…



  • Its becoming pretty obvious that some Sydney teams are not keeping up with the bigger clubs and are struggling to compete. I can see less teams in Sydney in the near future but it wont be the NRL culling teams. Sooner or later the value of their license will make selling up a lot more appealling than than losing money year after year.



  • Roosters already have a 12m cap



  • Not as good as Freddy’s call to give the minor premiers a salary cap boost to keep their teams together. Must have both been on the bath salts.



  • @:

    Roosters already have a 12m cap

    Roosters would have to lower their cap to 12m



  • Nice to have 650 juniors on scholarships , not so easy picking the best 4 players to put into the system

    Brisbane have a bad record ever since the passing of the legendary Cyril Connell



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    RUGBY League immortal Andrew Johns has outlined his plan to overhaul the NRL, calling for a $12 million salary cap which would ensure only the strongest clubs survive.

    Johns told Wide World of Sports having nine Sydney teams was hurting the NRL.

    “I’ve got a theory that whatever the salary cap is now, say it’s $9 million; put it up to $12 million and then only the strong survive,” Johns said.

    “I’ve said publicly I think we should have a 12-team competition, there’s too many teams in Sydney.

    “So if that’s the way you put it up then only the strong survive. The ones that are administered strong, the ones with strong sponsorship, the ones that develop well, and then we get down eventually to 12 teams.”

    Johns’ comments come in the wake of the Sharks salary cap scandal which has seen the club investigated for alleged breaches relating to player payments in 2015.

    Johns said the current structure of the NRL gave the Brisbane Broncos an advantage as they were able to corner the market on corporate support. He called for the inclusion of another Brisbane team.

    “It’s a huge advantage for the Broncos, the Broncos have something like 650 kids on scholarship, so that’s a huge help for them. It does help.

    The Knights legend has raised the concept of a 12-team competition in the past, arguing the depth of talent is not there to sustain the current number of teams.

    While admitting it would never happen, John said merging the Sharks and Dragons would be an ideal fix.

    https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/andrew-johns-immortal-want-12m-salary-cap-to-reduce-nrl-to-12teams/news-story/e5af4effca64c7d3a0ca127bf3cd7e24

    Wants team numbers cut.
    Wants additional Brisbane team.

    And is employed by the Rorters, go figure.
    Has he been doing lines again?


  • Banned

    If WT with catchment area from inner Sydney to outta sticks Campbelltown can’t keep a strong team on the field what hope is there for Doggies and Parramatta and Souths? Is it Souths private ownership forking out big dollars?



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    If WT with catchment area from inner Sydney to outta sticks Campbelltown can’t keep a strong team on the field what hope is there for Doggies and Parramatta and Souths? Is it Souths private ownership forking out big dollars?

    Souths is Russell’s Tax deduction.



  • Sorry I dont get Andrew’s comments

    Am correct in thinking he is trying to form a superleague type of competition with the best of the best players in a twelve team comp

    So to hell with the players and clubs that dont make it

    Andrew is saying to pay more money to the best players

    If so where is that money going to come from
    Supporters who have followed a club thier whole lives will walk away from following football all together
    That’s less money for Pay TV
    That’s less money for Telstra
    That less money for merchandise
    That’s less money in sponsorship Ticket sales will go down
    The league will only lose money
    It will hurt the NRL big time

    I have news for Andrew

    A FAIR COMPETITION IS A BETTER COMPETITION
    Throwing more money at the stronger clubs is not the answer

    It is the lopsided competition that is hurting the league and its supporters

    Try increasing the cap of the bottom 8 teams before you increase the top 12

    Give all supporters hope
    That’s what we live for



  • That would be a quick way to destroy League in Sydney.
    League in Sydney is tribal. It’s about smashing other Sydney teams. It’s built on hating teams like Manly, the Bulldogs, Parra, Souths, Easts ect. League in Qld is about hating NSW.
    Big spending teams like the Roosters don’t get the fans. What do you think fans will do if you cut their team? Go and support the team that remains in Sydney? Or tune into other codes?



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    Not as good as Freddy’s call to give the minor premiers a salary cap boost to keep their teams together. Must have both been on the bath salts.

    …as well as this…

    BRAD Fittler has declared the “time is right” for the Manly Sea Eagles to merge with the North Sydney Bears believing it could be a “behemoth” of a club.

    Speaking to Wide World of Sports, Fittler, who visited the Central Coast Stadium last week, said the club could take in North Sydney, the Northern Beaches and the Central Coast.

    “I think they would be crazy not to make that work, a Northern Suburbs team,” he said.

    “Anywhere from the Harbour Bridge — take in the Central Coast — that would be such a powerful area and if they could come to some sense you could encapsulate Brookvale Oval, North Sydney Oval and Gosford and have a wonderful, strong club.”

    “You’ve got the big business of North Sydney, you’ve got the Peninsula, then you’ve got the people of the Central Coast, the numbers, it would be nearly a behemoth of a club if it had the right administration and the right people behind it,” Fittler said.

    “Not only would it be good I think it’s a must for the NRL to look at and this is the time, the time is right now.”

    The NSW Blues coach’s comments come after Manly have endured a horror 2018 season, on an off the field.

    Coach Trent Barrett looks set to leave after handing in his resignation in July frustrated at a lack of support from the club’s owners. Meanwhile the club narrowly avoided the first wooden spoon in its history.

    It would be the second merger of the clubs following the failed Northern Eagles which folded in 2002 after three seasons. The club shared games at Brookvale Oval and North Power Stadium at Gosford.

    The team struggled on the field, winning just 30 of 76 games and finishing 12th, 10th and 9th.

    The decision to abandon North Sydney Oval as a home venue alienated some Bears fans who turned their back on the join venture.

    North Sydney currently field a side in the Intrust Super Premiership.

    https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/brad-fitler-calls-for-manly-sea-eagles-and-north-sydney-bears-to-merge-and-form-a-behemoth-club/news-story/2ea3f661e37090bcea661895daf0c7a7



  • @:

    Sorry I dont get Andrew’s comments

    Am correct in thinking he is trying to form a superleague type of competition with the best of the best players in a twelve team comp

    So to hell with the players and clubs that dont make it

    Andrew is saying to pay more money to the best players

    If so where is that money going to come from
    Supporters who have followed a club thier whole lives will walk away from following football all together
    That’s less money for Pay TV
    That’s less money for Telstra
    That less money for merchandise
    That’s less money in sponsorship Ticket sales will go down
    The league will only lose money
    It will hurt the NRL big time

    I have news for Andrew

    A FAIR COMPETITION IS A BETTER COMPETITION
    Throwing more money at the stronger clubs is not the answer

    It is the lopsided competition that is hurting the league and its supporters

    Try increasing the cap of the bottom 8 teams before you increase the top 12

    Give all supporters hope
    That’s what we live for

    Yep, was my initial thought, a lot of support and money lost



  • Well Newcastle probably wouldn’t make the cut


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