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.
Wants team numbers cut.
Wants additional Brisbane team.