The NRL has taken the liberty of contacting all club bosses in relation to the salary cap ramifications of Greg Inglis’ retirement, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Chief operating officer Nick Weeks has sent an email to rival clubs on Wednesday saying there has not been a decision made about what’s included and excluded from the South’s salary cap.
Questions have been raised about how much the Rabbitohs will save and how much they will have on replacements.
“We have not made any decisions in relation to how that might be treated from a cap perspective, but will do after we receive information and a submission from the Rabbitohs. We will provide you with information about this once the decision is made,” Weeks wrote in an email.
Souths were planning on having Inglis work with the club and the NRL via coaching, community, mentoring and ambassador roles that would see him earn $200,000 a year, says the Sydney Morning Herald.
It is understood that some clubs believe that the outstanding amount of $500,000 should be carried by Souths for the current season. The same thing happened with Penrith and Peter Wallace last season.
Should the NRL come across any problems with the Inglis/Souths arrangement, the governing body can force the club to absorb some of that income into their salary cap.
“Greg has done an enormous job in the game, he’s been around a long time, we all want a place in the game for him, but we just want to make sure there is transparency,” Canterbury chief executive Andrew Hill said.
Inglis broke the news to his teammates after Sunday’s win over the Warriors, according to SMH.
Hooker Damien Cook admitted to shedding a tear, but “only because I love him, not just as a mate but as a fan of the game – he’s one of the greatest to have ever played the game.”
The Rabbitohs will officially start a new era that doesn’t involve Greg Inglis come Good Friday against Canterbury.
They have started looking for players that are likened to Inglis to replace him.
Sydney Roosters players Latrell Mitchell and Joey Manu are off contract at the end of 2020 and essentially become free agents from November.
Brisbane’s Gehamat Shibasaki remains on the radar as does Byrson Goodwin. Braidon Burns remains as the preferred left-centre option to take over Inglis’ old position, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.