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Sport NRL releases details of 2019 third-party agreements, Sydney Roosters rank 11th

04:06  14 december  2019
04:06  14 december  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The NRL has revealed a drastic reduction in third-party payments (TPAs) made to players in 2019, with back-to-back premiers the Sydney Roosters listed in the bottom half of the 16 clubs.

After a crackdown on TPAs in 2018, the total amount of legal payments made outside of the salary cap last season dropped from $7.8 to $6 million, the governing body claimed on Friday.

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Third party agreements are private deals between players and sponsors which are supposed to be organised at arm’s length from the club, with the amount not included in the salary cap. The NRL ’s numbers revealed that Melbourne were the big winners, with their players pulling in .032 million this

The fourth and most contentious strand of TPAs are called private sector arm’s length agreements.

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In a bid to increase transparency and lower scepticism among fans, the NRL has published a full breakdown of ‘arm’s length agreements paid in 2019.

Minor premiers the Melbourne Storm received just under $810,000 to easily top the list, with the Brisbane Broncos coming in second place after unnamed players shared just under $350,000.

The 14 other clubs all fell below the $250,000 mark, with the North Queensland Cowboys claiming the wooden spoon with $15,667 in total TPAs.

The Roosters celebrate with the Premiership Trophy afterthe 2019 NRL Grand Final match between the Canberra Raiders and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by ) © Ryan Pierse/Getty Images The Roosters celebrate with the Premiership Trophy afterthe 2019 NRL Grand Final match between the Canberra Raiders and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by ) Notably, Roosters players received just under $69,000 to rank 11th overall.

It is understood superstars James Tedesco and Cooper Cronk received ‘whole of game’ TPAs, which were not disclosed by the NRL.

However, fans of rival clubs have long raised their collective eyebrows at the Roosters and questioned how they continue to field star-studded rosters under the salary cap.

But if the NRL’s official numbers are accurate, the fact that only five clubs received less in total ‘arm’s length TPAs’ appears to dispel conspiracy theories about the Bondi club.

2019 arm’s length agreements per NRL club:

Melbourne Storm $809,998

Brisbane Broncos $349,852

Penrith Panthers $233,333

Cronulla Sharks $211,952

South Sydney Rabbitohs $198,591

Newcastle Knights $181,275

Manly Sea Eagles $148,718

Wests Tigers $132,458

St George Illawarra Dragons $82,951

Parramatta Eels $80,166

Sydney Roosters $68,966

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs $59,680

Canberra Raiders $45,333

New Zealand Warriors $27,591

Gold Coast Titans $18,153

North Queensland Cowboys $15,667

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