NRL salary cap could be revised - higher or lower - at upcoming meeting with RLPA
The NRL's salary-cap riddle for the 2018 is one step closer to being solved, with the league set to meet the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) in coming weeks with a revised figure.
Representatives from each of the 16 clubs met on Wednesday in Sydney, and agreed to a cap for next season as part of an amended collective bargaining agreement offer.
It's also hoped Wednesday's meeting will give each club a clearer picture on what figure they should be working towards for 2018 and beyond, as pressure begins to mount on certain sides who had been basing their roster on differing numbers.
But the NRL said each club was now on the same page.
"We believe we have all landed on a fair position to be discussed with the RLPA which has the backing of all 16 club chairmen and CEOs," NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said.
It's understood some clubs were pushing for a higher figure as they struggled to fit already signed talent under next year's restrictions.
Other clubs could benefit from a lower cap as they struggle to turn a profit, even with the NRL's promise of 130 per cent funding of the cap figure for next season - capped at AU$13million (NZ$14m).
But Greenberg said the proposal agreed to by the NRL and the clubs provided a significant increase in funding for players, wellbeing and development.
It's believed there was an AU$800,000 (NZ$859,000) difference in the base cap figures presented earlier this year by the NRL and RLPA.
The NRL's original amount, which was understood to have been AU$8.3m (NZ$8.91m), covered each club's top-30 squad members.
But it's believed the RLPA pushed for a figure of AU$9.1m (NZ$9.77m) when it replied earlier this month, which would only be for the top-26 players in each squad.
Neither figure is inclusive of long-serving player or car allowances, while the RLPA is also keen to introduce a AU$900,000 (NZ$967,000) cap for players outside the top 26.