The NRL and the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) are moving towards introducing new regulations, which could see player agents and managers abide by the same rules as NRL players and officials in a bid to rid the league of salary cap issues.
Following Parramatta’s recent salary cap saga, only one player agent was issued with a show-cause notice according to the Sydney Morning Herald, despite evidence suggesting multiple agents should have been hit with the same penalty.
A number of those inside the Eels during the scandal stepped down or were sacked, while the careers of some administrators involved also took a severe hit, just one player agent was issued a notice, from two years of investigations.
The NRL and RLPA hope the new regulations could be introduced by November 1, although some agents are trying to resist the change, and those are more than likely the ones who escaped punishment during the Parramatta scandal.
The current scheme sees two members of the committee as current player agents, which the NRL and RLPA see as a major conflict of interest.
The new scheme would see it become easier for the governing bodies to punish agents for bringing the game into disrepute.