SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23: NRL CEO Todd Greenberg speaks to the media during a NRL Media opportunity in recognition of the NRL becoming the first national sporting organisation to reach 'Elevate' status, at Rugby League Central on August 23, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The NRL will restrict clubs from handing players back-ended contracts in the wake of recent salary cap issues, via a statement onΒ

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said club CEOs agreed earlier today that restrictions needed to be put in place to so stop back-ended contracts

A new model is set to be finalised to implement the necessary changes for next year, restricting how much a player’s payment can rise between seasons

Greenberg was supportive of the new model, intending to make it fairer for the competition and protect clubs against winding up in a salary cup crisis.

“These deals can also give clubs an unfair salary cap advantage in the early years of a contract,” he said.

Greenberg added that approval would be given to a rising player whose value significantly rises.

“We are not going to stop any player receiving what they are worth on the open market,” Mr Greenberg said.

“But we have to stop clubs pushing payments to later years to reduce salary cap pressure in the short term.

“Our salary cap keeps the competition close and we want to ensure no club gets into salary cap problems because they have back-ended contracts.”

The club CEOs also discussed the possibility of setting up a panel to review the prospect of a trade window for players and the rules surrounding coaches’ contracts.

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Any changes would first need to be ticked off by the NRL commission.


  1. Well isn’t it amazing the NRL must have listen to Nick Politis. Financially the Roosters are one of the best run clubs in the League. Finally Greenberg will take a leaf out of Nicks book and outlaw this ridiculous strategy so no club will get caught out again.

    ALL TEAMS will now do what the Roosters have been doing for years. All you salary cap nincompoops have been accusing the Roosters of cheating all because we never 🚫back end contracts. At the Roosters when you sign a contract that’s all you get, no little mid season up grades, no bonus, no back ending. When you sign on the dotted line at the Chooks. The Player knows what he will get and the club knows then how to manage the salary cap. SimplesnessπŸ’ͺπŸ˜ŽπŸ‘

  2. This is a step in the right direction but I’d prefer they got rid of Third Party Agreements. They’re the biggest issue stopping a level playing field

    • Third party agreements are an equal footing for all clubs. Opportunities are out there for all clubs to capitalize on this to retain or purchase players, wealthy fans that own businesses just don’t live in the district of a particular clubs region. It is a well known fact that fans of all clubs live all over Australia. Tribalism died decades ago, It is up to each club to tap into this magnificent venture. But back ending contracts destroys clubs and salary caps like the recent situation with Canterbury AND Manly.βœ”πŸ”™πŸ”šing

      • You’re not suggesting your club has tapped into TPA’s are you? That would be against the rules as it’s meant to me β€˜hands off’

        • No “hands off” is what Nick Politis tells the NRL every time they ask to look at his books. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        • It is for the benefit of a player to make extra cash. All clubs no what to do with that. All players are aware of their extra duties to earn that extra cash.πŸ’²πŸ€‘πŸ’°

        • Woody that “one book” in the hands of Ian Schubert, a faithful Roosters servant and employee and former NRL salary cap auditor makes more of a mockery of the flawed salary cap system than all 3 of the Melbourne books and the books of all other “busted” clubs combined!

          And EVERYONE knows it no matter what spin you put on it or what attempts at misdirection the Roosters pull.

  3. That’s right rooster fans uncle Nick will give you a brand new car every year (To permanently borrow) with a house lol

    Hey Dessie – just front end the contracts reverse engineer and pay nothing for the final seasons That will teach em πŸ™‚

  4. Only way to properly stop cheating is to make a rule where PAYG summaries and bank statements for every player are given to the NRL. Broncos, Melbourne and goosters have been doing under the table deals for decades to the point that it isn’t just common knowledge but a joke amongst fans.

    Show the bank statements, assesets provided lists and PAYG statements and you’ll end cheating and bring everyone onto equal ground

    • Save Saints Till I Die, you forgot to mention Souths, Newcastle, Cronulla, Newcastle, Cowboys, Newcastle, Penrith, Newcastle, Tigers, Newcastle

      Look our champion premiership winger/fullback come secondrower/lock Ian the Shoe Shubert is really really good at mathematics and he has been over his Rooster books on numerous occasions to check if there is any descepancies.

      Guess what mate. He has never ever found anything. Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘Schubert clap clap clap Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘Schubert clap clap clap Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘Schubert clap clap clap Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘Schubert clap clap clap Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘Schubert clap clap clap Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘Schubert clap clap clap Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Schubert πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
      Shoeeeeeeeeeeebeeeeeeeeeeeeeeert, SShoeeeeeeeeeeebeeeeeeeeeeeeeeert ShoeeeeeeeeeeebeeeeeeeeeeeeeeertπŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

        • No, he thinks he is talking to SSTID-1970 but it is just a mirage. Like a shadow it follows the one that casts it but has no substance.

        • ells47, I may have but I just want Reg to know I am not giving his other account up to the public. Save Saints till I Die-1970 is a smoke screen. SchubertπŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°SchubertπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘Schubert clap clap clap

        • Woody, believe me you ARE mistaken, 100%. Compare this shadow with the REAL SSTID. Are there ANY similarities? Any humour? Any insight? Anything even remotely engaging about these posts?

          Think about the coincidence of how this shadow only appeared here as the sun was setting on SSTID-1970’s time here.

          Even those profiles closest to your old mate hang back from interacting with this phantom because they know it is a facsimile, a mirage.

          Your old mate would not be happy that you were being deceived and they would certainly never deceive you now would they?

        • Actually Woody, by a strange coincidence I have worked for a company a lot of years ago where I saw Ian Schubert and Les Mara on a regular basis and ran into Graeme Wynn a couple of times as well.

          Schubert was a storeman then if I recall. That would have been before Uncle Nick offered to put him through accountancy school and fast tracked his position inside the NRL to gather intel on the NRL salary cap auditing system.

          Uncle Nick really has a long-term game plan doesn’t he to cook up a scheme like that over decades.

          Like something from I Claudius actually.

  5. This’ll be good for the game. It’ll help the stability at clubs such as the Dogs and Manly. Unfortunately for Dessie, I think that’s his premiership plan at manly gone. Back-Ended contracts are senseless, and show a clear lack of future planning. All about ‘success now’ and ‘spoons later’.

    • The back ending contracts got his Bulldogs team to two grand finals and a real opportunity to win the comp but the end result is if you don’t get the premiership win then players need to be released and the pain of rebuilding is a long hard process. Had it paid off and they won the 2012 and 2014 premierships then this conversation would not be happening. πŸ”

  6. What do you mean Todd, you were supportive of the new model?
    Who’s making the rules? The NRL or the clubs?

  7. Who the fdrk cares about back ended contracts. If clubs want to do them, let them.
    Look at the joke of a club atm, Canterbury. Surely some bright spark could look at the cap situation and say “hold on a minute”.
    If clubs go all out in one or two years for a premiership and give back ended deals to win a comp and don’t. Who cares? They suffer for the next 5 years.

      • Kelby, I take your point, but who suffers in the future years?
        Case in point, the Dogs. Their ex management, ex coach etc made the deals, and their supporters are paying.
        I like the idea, but also see it as a single step in a long staircase.

        • danielle, what is it about you and this sick obsession of yours? I like what Reg posts while you post nothing but snarky bull$hit. I had a quick look over your history and you are no angel yourself.

          danielle November 13, 2018 at 11:56 pm
          Thought you β€œcould keep this up all night,” Reg (?). Seeing as YOU set the tone, you seem to have gone a little limp (???)

          danielle October 31, 2018 at 11:11 pm
          – I’ve been a visitor to this site for years before you showed your ugly head

          danielle January 26, 2018 at 4:06 pm
          so I must be a man …with an STD.

          danielle December 22, 2017 at 11:48 pm
          we discuss Plato/ Shakespeare/ RL issues…like how Islanders like KFC.

          You are a hypocrite and a bigot (hung by your own own words). I found a lot more than this. Would you like me to post more? I’m not interested in your drivel. I have never even found you mildly amusing or of interest as you push your social agenda. Unlike many of the posts on this site currently, YOU and not your posts are a joke!

  8. @woodchook?

    Please explain how Newcastle are over the cap lie your alleging?

    And it’s typical that a chooks supporter is open to no cap on TPSs πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • Don’t worry Olive, chickens like to scratch around hoping to uncover hidden treats but in the process they often end up dropping sh!t πŸ’© all over the place.

      If any team IS over the salary cap then it is the Roosters and all these accusations are simply an attempt at misdirection.


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