Posted October 09, 2018 06:27:13As the new year dawns, the NRL’s salary cap regime is set to kick in, with the NRL releasing its 2017-18 salary cap for clubs to use in the off-season.
The NRL has been criticised by the players’ union for the way the salary cap has been set up, with players having to take a pay cut when they’ve already made the big money-spinning signing of superstar stars like Wayne Bennett.
It’s not only the big-name stars, who are getting big bucks, with several clubs and players being able to take the hit on the big contracts they signed up for.
For example, it is believed the Roosters have been able to keep the contracts of star fullback Ben Matulino and halves Corey Norman and Ben Hunt, with a salary cap of $1.5 million for 2017-2018.
However, with this year’s salary caps set to be released, the players can look at how much they’re being paid and decide if they’d be willing to take their money elsewhere if they were given a better deal.
“It’s a fair deal, so I’ll take it,” Norman told Fox Sports on Tuesday night.
“I think we should have taken a lot of the big hits, but the pay down was really good.
The money is good, it’s been great and we can look forward to the off season being a bit different than last year.”
The Roostingtons are now one of the top five highest paid clubs in the NRL, with Josh McGuire earning $2.8 million in 2017-2016 and Josh Papalii making $1 million last season.
Norman has played his entire four-year NRL career at Roosts Park, but is looking to move on from the club this year.
“I’ll take a lot more money out of the game next year,” he said.
He is looking forward to a new challenge.
“When I’m at Roos Park, you’re always going to be getting your money, you always will be getting the best deal.
I love playing for Roos and I think that’s what I want to do next year.
So hopefully it’s a great opportunity for me to move out and play in another club.
If I’m offered another opportunity, then I’m very happy with it.”
In 2017-2017, Norman played five NRL games, averaging 15.7 disposals per game, with his most productive game coming in the Roos’ season-opener against the Rabbitohs at the MCG.
With the salary-cap being set to open in 2018-2019, the Roopers can look to their 2016-17 salary cap to see how much money they’re looking to add.
Their 2017-19 salary cap was set to bring in around $1,900,000, but has since been revealed to be closer to $1 billion.
“You can only make so many mistakes and I’m definitely one of those guys who will make many mistakes,” Norman said.
“It’s really good that it’s open-ended, so you can do what you want.”
As well as taking a pay hit, the salary caps will also be impacted by the NRL becoming the world’s third biggest sports league.
The 2017-20 salary cap is set at $6 billion, and is projected to rise to $7 billion by 2020-21.
The salary cap, however, has been used to fund the building of Sydney’s new Sky Sports Stadium, which opened in 2017.NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said in a statement that the salary limit had been “used to fund Sky Sports, which is an integral part of the Club’s mission to grow the game in New South Wales and beyond”.
“With the new salary cap system, clubs will now have to be able to continue to invest in the Club as we work to create a world-class football and community experience,” Greenberg said.
“We know that players and coaches want to come to the Club, play in the National Team, and make the greatest contribution to the future of our game in Australia.”
The new cap will allow the Club to continue investing in the game, building on our success in 2017 and providing more fans and clubs with a more exciting and enjoyable experience.
“The NRLPA will be in touch with the clubs and clubs involved in the salary ceiling as the new cap system kicks in.
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