NRL changes rules to restrict back-ended contracts



  • The NRL has announced rules will be tightened for back-ended contracts in a bid to prevent the salary cap problems which have been created at some clubs in recent years.

    CEO Todd Greenberg said the club bosses have agreed to the restrictions at their conference at NRL HQ on Wednesday.

    Greenberg said the NRL would always support clubs offering higher value contracts to players as their careers developed.

    The NRL’s salary cap auditor will finalise a model so that changes will be in place in 2019. The new system will restrict how much a player’s payment can rise from one season to the next in their contract.

    "Historically we left [back-ended deals] up to clubs but there’s a clear appetite from the clubs for us to put rules in place. We agreed to put a working group in place to come back in the new year … effectively there are rules in place to stop back-ended contracts.

    "There are only small number, albeit problematic ones, where clubs have got into trouble putting them into play and that has hurt so there’s a desire for us to get involved an ensure that doesn’t happen again.

    “These deals can also give clubs an unfair salary cap advantage in the early years of a contract.”


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    Greenberg said approval would still be given for contracts where a rising star was offered a significant lift in their playing fee.

    “We are not going to stop any player receiving what they are worth on the open market,” he said.

    "But we have to stop clubs pushing payments to later years to reduce salary cap pressure in the short term.

    There’s a clear appetite from the clubs for us to put rules in place.

    Todd Greenberg
    The meeting of club CEOs also decided to set up a working party to look at the feasibility of a trade window for players.

    The review will also consider the need for regulations covering coaching contracts.

    The NRL’s new head of football, Graham Annesley, said he was considereing “a number of initiatives to review what took place this season”, including the use of the Referees’ Bunker.

    “Referees’ boss Bernie Sutton will report directly to me from now on on all operational issues around officiating in the Telstra Premiership,” he said.

    "The objective really is to deliver on the NRL’s strategic plan. One of the objectives is to implement free-flowing exciting football, that’s what we’ll be trying to do.

    Any changes for contracts or a transfer window will ultimately go to the ARL Commission for approval.



  • So now that it’s happened to the Bulldogs, something has to be done.

    Well done Toddy, as useful as sweatholes on a franger.



  • Of course they bring out this rule as soon as Ivan Cleary leaves. Useless Greenberg.



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    Of course they bring out this rule as soon as Ivan Cleary leaves. Useless Greenberg.

    Ummm, what does Ivan Cleary have to do with back ended player contracts?



  • Greenberg says that “There’s a clear appetite from the clubs for us to put rules in place.”

    I find this pathetic. Can’t the clubs manage their money without the NRL holding their hand. The clubs are asking the NRL to save them from themselves. Unbelievable !



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    Of course they bring out this rule as soon as Ivan Cleary leaves. Useless Greenberg.

    Ummm, what does Ivan Cleary have to do with back ended player contracts?

    Ivan had a contract at Penrith before, now he has ended up back there :slight_smile:



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    Of course they bring out this rule as soon as Ivan Cleary leaves. Useless Greenberg.

    Ummm, what does Ivan Cleary have to do with back ended player contracts?

    Ivan had a contract at Penrith before, now he has ended up back there :slight_smile:

    Aaaah, missed the small sentence on coaching contracts. My humble apologies :slight_smile:



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    Of course they bring out this rule as soon as Ivan Cleary leaves. Useless Greenberg.

    Ummm, what does Ivan Cleary have to do with back ended player contracts?

    Ivan had a contract at Penrith before, now he has ended up back there :slight_smile:

    Aaaah, missed the small sentence on coaching contracts. My humble apologies :slight_smile:

    It is all good mate, no need to apologise, I was just trying to help you out with a connection between the story and Cleary


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    Greenberg says that “There’s a clear appetite from the clubs for us to put rules in place.”

    I find this pathetic. Can’t the clubs manage their money without the NRL holding their hand. The clubs are asking the NRL to save them from themselves. Unbelievable !

    It could be the clubs that do try to manage their caps responsibly that want it. It would be annoying for them to have Parramatta or the Bulldogs putting a raid on their players with ridiculously back-ended deals that they can’t match.



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    So now that it’s happened to the Bulldogs, something has to be done.

    Well done Toddy, as useful as sweatholes on a franger.

    Yea, Todd Greenberg is going to clean up backended deals…… Like he had no idea about the Bulldogs.

    That being said, I was thinking about this hard. If you have the superclubs, Melbourne, Brisbane, etc able to dominate the top 4. How do outsiders like Parra, Newcastle etc get in. You get a superpack and backend contracts!

    Something does need to be done. But I would rather Newcastle, Parra, whomever see their day in the sun and deal with chaos later then see the top 4 dominated by the same 4 names every year.



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    So now that it’s happened to the Bulldogs, something has to be done.

    Well done Toddy, as useful as sweatholes on a franger.

    :roll

    Toddy wouldn’t know……he uses a diaphragm.

    The NRL are basically clueless in every facet of running the game yet muppets like Greenburg still keep their jobs. Wonder how much longer we have to stomach the slimy little germ?

    Instead of back-ending contracts, club will now just hand out more paper bags instead over the later years of a contract. Same result.



  • Instead of looking at back-ended contracts the NRL should be looking at the routing of TPA’s.



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    Instead of looking at back-ended contracts the NRL should be looking at the routing of TPA’s.

    100% agree


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