SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26: Luke Lewis of the Sharks warms up during the round 24 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Newcastle Knights at Southern Cross Group Stadium on August 26, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Retiring Cronulla skipper Luke Lewis was surprised that the club was being investigated for salary cap breaches.

The Sharks confirmed on Tuesday that they were being reviewed for potential salary cap infringements, dating back to 2015.

And as the club approaches a finals campaign, Lewis confirmed that he was shocked by the revelation.

“We haven’t been to training, I’ve literally come in here and seen the paper and it said the Sharks are under salary cap allegations. That was it,” he told Fox Sports’ NRL 360

“I’m very surprised by it. I’d love to see where it’s all going and what’s happening but my guess is as good as anyone else, I don’t really know what’s happening at the moment.

“I don’t see anything happening in the next week or two. Whatever happens happens. There’s nothing we can do now. The past is the past.

“We’ve been through it all before. Back in 2014 with the ASADA stuff. It is what it is.

“We can’t do anything as players, we don’t know what’s going on. Let the senior guys sort it out, we’ll get out there and play footy, get on the training park.”

While the 35-year old has organised his own contract over the past couple of seasons, he added that the players normally have no involvement in negotiations.

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“For me, manager, get me the best deal,” Lewis said.

“Where’s the money come from? I don’t care. That’s my deal, that’s my contract, sweet. That’s what I’m earning. That’s how it works.

“We don’t ask anything. We just say what’s my deal? (Manager says) this is your deal; you’re earning $300,000 a year. Happy days.

“Am I on $300,000 straight from the club? Or are you getting $250,000 from the club and a $50,000 MPA, I don’t know. They go, we’ve got to invoice such and such for $50,000 so you’re getting $300,000 for the year. That’s it, that’s all we know. That’s all we get told.”

Quizzed if he ever previously inquired with his manager about the specifics of a contract, Lewis replied:  “Yeah, I’ve always asked that.

“The last couple of years I’ve done my own (contract) so it’s been good for me. I know exactly where my money is coming from.

“When I had my manager, he said it’s all sorted. This is what we’re earning.

“When I started doing my own, the club says we’re going to give you X-amount of dollars. Beautiful, signed, contract’s done.”

 

8 COMMENTS

  1. “Where’s the money from? I don’t care”.
    What a load of BS.
    They know exactly where it’s coming from and how much is not declared to the NRL.

    • The managers would know, the players wouldn’t. That’s the whole reason they hire a manager, to take care of all that stuff. The players might know if they are getting paid $50K from s sponsor, but they wouldn’t know if the club has included it in the cap.

      • I think that you’re being naive. A player signs a declaration that he gives to the nrl. This declaration includes his contract and all other earnings.
        If he takes money from anyone else and does not inform the nrl he may be in breach.

      • The players should want to know so that they are able to protect themselves. Ignorance is not an acceptable defence and sooner or later players will be punished for this sort of thing. It is simply not good enough to just sit back and say they don’t know or care about the intricacies of where their money is coming from.

  2. Don’t harass the players with questions like this!
    they dont deal with the financial accounts ! Get some of the club officials on the show and grill them.
    also only $300k for Luke Lewis? tightarses! he should be on more.

  3. If I was getting $300k for playing and asked to do some free work for someone else I am sure I would want to know why.

  4. Scrap the cap and let everybody buy what they can afford. This stupid cap has destroyed the era of teams winning back to back. It is all rigged up to make sure that no team ever wins two in a row. Clubs can take 5-7 years building up for a premiership and when they finally crack one the team gets dismantled due to the idiotic salary cap. If a Sydney side goes under due to bad management then it will open the door for expansion in places like Adelaide and Perth. All clubs should have backing from multi millionaires to sustain their existence. There was some billionaires people this year from the Middle East wanting to purchase a club. Why are they chased away? On the radio today Alan Jones hit the nail on the head. Scrap the stupid salary cap he said. Most fans with any common sense would agree.✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔

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