Some of the NRL’s biggest names are set to reap the rewards of a possible $6 million salary cap when they come off contract next season.
Among them are some of the game’s biggest stars, including Australian five-eighth Johnathan Thurston, NSW halves pairing of Mitchell Pearce and Todd Carney, South Sydney’s Greg Inglis and Sam Burgess, Blues hooker Robbie Farah and Cowboys props Matt Scott and James Tamou.
Rival clubs are free to begin negotiations with those players from November 1, but some will resolve their futures before then, with negotiations already underway.
The key is the new broadcast deal, which is expected to be finalised either late August or September.
Clubs were given a projection of future salary cap rises at last year’s conference of club chairmen and chief executives.
Depending on the new television deal, the salary cap would be increased to:
$5.1 million (under a $1 billion TV deal);
$5.9 million ($1.2 billion), or;
$6.6 million ($1.4 billion).
Then NRL chief executive David Gallop said those figures were ”conservative” and one club chief executive yesterday predicted the salary cap would rise to between $5.5 million and $6 million if the tv deal was worth $1 billion.