A new proposal which could potentially be launched by the NRL will see coaches facing suspensions for signing with rival clubs if there is more than a year left to run on their original contracts.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the new rules will be discussed in a meeting of NRL chief executives in Sydney on Tuesday morning in a bid to put a stop to the end-of-season coaching merry-go-round which occurred at the end of 2018.
Ivan Cleary signed on at Penrith despite still having two more years left on his contract with the Wests Tigers, reuniting with his son Nathan Cleary.
South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold put pen to paper at the Brisbane Broncos for the 2020 season, instigating a future swap with current Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett.
Currently in discussion, the new proposal sees that coaches will not be allowed to sign on at a other clubs with more than a year before coming off-contract.
If they do, coaches will then be facing suspensions for impeaching the rules, with the clubs too facing huge fines.
Under the current NRL rules, players seeking a club switch cannot be formally signed or registered until they come inside the final year of their existing contract which occurs from November 1 each year.
The proposed rule changes will see the same guidelines be applied to coaches signing under that same deadline.
The NRL CEO’s meeting is an attempt to put an end to the constant coaching merry-go-round which no doubt frustrated many fans and tarnished the game of rugby league.