A few Paragraphs from Malcolm Knox SMH today-Worth reading it all.
You get the picture of all the ways a player can benefit without touching the salary cap. If someone associated with the Roosters, say, cough Nick Politis, says to a player, say cough Cooper Cronk, “I’ll make sure you’re looked after when your career is over, I’ve got mates who can help you with your MBA, whatever you want to do with your life, you’ll be taken care of”, that’s not a breach of the salary cap rules. In fact, under the education exemption, they can pay for three years at Harvard, if that’s what a player wants.
Or if someone says, “I’ve got a mate who’s a big fan of yours who would love you at our club”, old mate can give the player and his family unlimited benefits for the rest of their lives. All the player has to do is trust the person who is insinuating the offer in the first place. Cough.