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NRL salary cap changes from 2015

MAIN NRL SALARY CAP CHANGES TO TAKE EFFECT FROM 2015:

* NRL chief executive Dave Smith has discretionary powers to recruit or retain players in exceptional circumstances to compete with other clubs

* $200,000 veteran player allowance increasing by up to 50 per cent on a sliding scale with a maximum $250,000 a club in 2015 and $300,000 in 2016 (applies to players serving six years with a club - not the previous eight)

* Measures to make it easier for clubs to put long-serving players into careers with those clubs as they approach the end of their playing days

* Promoting player welfare with a new allowance for clubs who need to field a player outside their roster to replace one who has suffered a concussion

* Allowing clubs to exclude termination payments from the salary cap where the club has approval from the NRL to sack a player for behavioural issues which have brought the game into disrepute

* Regulating transfer fees, either by including them in the cap or through other mechanisms, but June 30 transfer window will remain

* Simplifying the salary cap structure by rolling in the existing marquee player allowance and the sponsor servicing allowance into the base cap

* Developing a rookie player system for the next CBA to improve the welfare of young players and provide a talent pathway

* Changes are subject to formal negotiation and agreement with the RLPA
NRL salary cap changes from 2015
by AAP

MAIN NRL SALARY CAP CHANGES TO TAKE EFFECT FROM 2015:

* NRL chief executive Dave Smith has discretionary powers to recruit or retain players in exceptional circumstances to compete with other clubs

* $200,000 veteran player allowance increasing by up to 50 per cent on a sliding scale with a maximum $250,000 a club in 2015 and $300,000 in 2016 (applies to players serving six years with a club - not the previous eight)

* Measures to make it easier for clubs to put long-serving players into careers with those clubs as they approach the end of their playing days

* Promoting player welfare with a new allowance for clubs who need to field a player outside their roster to replace one who has suffered a concussion

* Allowing clubs to exclude termination payments from the salary cap where the club has approval from the NRL to sack a player for behavioural issues which have brought the game into disrepute

* Regulating transfer fees, either by including them in the cap or through other mechanisms, but June 30 transfer window will remain

* Simplifying the salary cap structure by rolling in the existing marquee player allowance and the sponsor servicing allowance into the base cap

* Developing a rookie player system for the next CBA to improve the welfare of young players and provide a talent pathway

* Changes are subject to formal negotiation and agreement with the RLPA.

OTHER MAIN POINTS UNVEILED AT NRL CEO MEETING:

* NRL to strengthen concussion rules to make clubs more responsible for identifying and assessing players who might have suffered a concussive injury

* Auckland Nines to again start season, with All Stars game to return after 12-month hiatus set for Brisbane on February 14

* World Club Challenge to be held in the UK and NRL trials from February 20-22 before season kick-off on March 5

* Introduction of a funding model in which clubs will have up to $1 million of a new package "at risk" if they don't meet minimum standards

* But clubs will have opportunity to access a multi-million dollar pool of incentive payments if they grow their performance across membership, game-day attendance, merchandise and sponsorship




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