A couple of articles from Zero Tackle. I looks as though these stupid CBA negotiations could finally, finally be over after all the drama,
Peter V'landys wants to guarantee NRL club's futures for a century
Peter V'landys is back to his best, and now the ARLC chairman wants rugby league club's futures sorted for the next 100 years.
As the financial feud between NRL
clubs and the governing body begins to wind down, the dust is settling and the result is becoming clearer, revealing a big win for struggling clubs.
The two parties have created a future funding model for the NRL
, giving relieving assurance to clubs with murky futures in the competition, guaranteeing they'll remain in the NRL
for as long as they wish.
V'landys played a key role in finding the mutual ground, the chairman revealing the NRL
is on the cusp of of a practically infinite license period.
“We are going to introduce perpetual licenses which run forever.
“The law says we have to put a figure on it so it will be 99 years for arguments sake," V'landys told News Corp.
The current agreement comes to an end in 2023, the new funding model putting ease to clubs that were reportedly considering not signing the upcoming agreement due to the feud.
It means an end to the current negotiation system.
“From here on the clubs won't have to sign a new agreement every 10 years,” V'landys said.
While it does give guarantees to clubs that aren't as financially well off as their rivals, the licenses can still be cancelled under an extreme circumstance, with V'landys using the current Titans ownership as an example.
“Right now the Titans have two great owners,” V'landys told News Corp.
“I hope they keep the ownership forever.
“But what if they decide to sell down the track?
“What if we find out a year later that the new owner is actually an international cocaine smuggler.
“What if he goes to jail. It's only that sort of scenario that might put a license at risk.”
The funding model is set to be confirmed in the 2023 agreement, with the NRL
also adding in an equality factor to the deal, meaning that clubs will need to fill a certain number of seats on the board and senior internal positions with women.
Signing frenzy set to commence as salary cap negotiations approach finale
signing frenzy is set to commence in the run to Christmas, with the salary cap and collective bargaining agreement set to be agreed upon this week.
While the same line - that progress would be made by the end of the week - has been trotted out by the NRL
and Rugby League
Players Association over the stalemate on a regular basis over the last two months, frustration in the competition is growing.
The RLPA and NRL
have both seemingly refused to budge from their respective positions over the future financials of the game, with the salary cap for 2023 - let alone 2024 - still to be locked in.
It will be determined by the CBA, which expired on October 31. It - combined with the lack of knowledge around the 2023 salary cap - has left players like Cooper Johns
and Matthew Lodge
on $1000 per week train and trial deals to train with insurance while they wait to be told what they can be paid in 2023.
Further on from that, there are over 190 players off-contract at the end of the 2023 season who have been able to sign with other clubs since November 1.
On that front, a smaller pool of players off-contract at the same time last year saw many sign with rivals or re-sign with their own clubs throughout the month of November, however, save for a pair of player swaps, some re-signings and the move of Keenan Palasia
to the Gold Coast Titans
for 2024, no moves have yet been made.
It means that a rush once the CBA is signed is expected, and The Daily Telegraph's
Phil Rothfield told Sky Sports Radio's
Big Sports Breakfast on Monday morning that some stars will be amongst the names to make the first moves, or re-signings calls.
“Burton at the Canterbury Bulldogs
, Gus (Phil Gould) and Cameron Ciraldo
have offered him a significant pay rise and a long-term deal,” Rothfield said on Big Sports Breakfast.
“But they can't actually sign him or do a deal because they don't know what the salary cap is so that's why this week is so important.
at the Parramatta Eels
, I think if the cap goes up to what it's supposed to what they're hoping then Nathan Brown
will sign at the Wests Tigers
. I wrote last week he met Tim Sheens
at a coffee shop.
“Also players like Marty Taupau at Manly, he isn't getting paid right now and doesn't have a club.
“But for example if Nathan Brown
goes to the Wests Tigers
that will trigger an opportunity for a Marty Taupau type player, same with Newcastle - he's also talking to them.
will sign at Penrith, so it's a really, really important week for the game. This has been going on 12 months these negotiations."
Pre-season for all clubs ahead of 2023 is now underway, with Round 1 just 13 weeks away, and pre-season trials commencing in 10 weeks.