The NRL has today issued a breach notice to the Manly Sea Eagles after concluding its investigation into salary cap issues at the club.
The notice concerns preliminary findings of potential breaches of the salary cap over the last five years.
Should these preliminary findings be confirmed, proposed sanctions could include a significant fine on the club.
The club could also be required to adjust its salary cap for 2018 to recognise commitments made to players that are found to be in breach of the cap.
In addition to the matters relevant to the club, show cause notices have also been issued to two current club officials, requiring them to demonstrate why their registrations should not be cancelled.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said the Manly club and both officials have already been provided with opportunities to assist the NRL during this investigation.
They will now be given a chance to respond formally to the preliminary findings before final determinations are made.
Mr Greenberg said that, in accordance with the NRL Rules, the parties have been given five days to respond to the breach notices but, given the seriousness of the allegations, the NRL would consider a request for an extension of time.