I am lost … We as a club are making a profits and record members, Corporate $$$ etc… but the clubs with salary cap problems, Dis-functional Boards just keep signing Rep players like it is nothing… Surely I am not the only one that is pissed off
Sharks are a good example - Salary cap problems and they must be decent for the NRL to take this long are still able to sign SJ and linked to Marty T, Johnson from Souths etc…
As a league fan that is losing interest in the game because the system is floored and NRL don’t care. These TPA should be capped or scrapped as far as I am concerned because you have a few teams that run out each week with like 10+ rep players and other teams can only afford a few because they are doing the right thing… Roosters won the comp this year and most teams who win the comp generally lose players but not them… They lost a few but replaced them with more quality players…
Sorry had to get this off my chest… Rant over.
I have often wondered the same thing. You look at the Dogs after their cap woes who can sign new players, as can the sharks, even the Knights were in dire shape not too long ago and then you see the Tigers who seem to be perennially up against it.
But then you look at the glamour clubs like the Storm, the Broncos and the Roosters. Success Is an expectation rather than bonus and you say What’s the difference?
I think the difference is that some clubs (e.g. Dogs, Sharks and Knights) gear for short term success in the hope it will bring long term prosperity. The so-called glamour clubs run it as a business and build their success on stronger financial and strategic underpinnings.
I think the Tigers tried the former, ended up in a whole heap of cap trouble and have made the decision to move toward the latter. It might not provide the instant gratification we so desire but it should sustain us for the longer term.
Now, before this is shot down by those who claim we haven’t had finals success since 2011, I would say that it has only been 18 months since we addressed our cap issues.
I would say the future looks a whole lot brighter than it did