ARLC boss Peter V’landys says he is ‘not surprised’ by the results of a poll which showed 70 per cent of NRL bosses believe the salary cap is being rolled back. to be broken.
An anonymous poll conducted by the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this week found that the majority of the 23 CEOs and chairmen who responded believed clubs were using third-party deals to cheat the cap.
Rules around third-party deals were tightened after Parramatta was punished in 2016 for breaching the salary cap.
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“Many clubs believe that there are still instances where a club will operate outside the TPA rules to secure an income for a player,” a club boss told the Herald.
“That kind of assist can make a big difference in signing or keeping a player.”
Speaking to Ben Fordham of Radio 2GB, V’landys said he was not affected by the report.
“All CEOs and presidents always think their competitors are cheating, it’s part of the game, so it was no surprise to me,” he said.
“We think the system is working and our auditors are doing a good job, and you always find that someone who does the wrong thing gets caught in the end.
“It’s only a short-term proposal anyway.”
V’landys said there was no intention of changing the rules regarding third-party agreements.
“We have a pretty intense audit team in the game, they go and look at all these things,” he explained.
“The third party agreement is meant to be the sponsorship of a player who is not a sponsor of the club and who is completely independent of the club.
“Players should be able to go out and generate extra income for themselves, as long as they don’t exceed the salary cap.”
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