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Sport 'That's a question for Peter': RLPA boss on players taking larger pay cut than NRL executive

02:00  31 march  2020
02:00  31 march  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

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Rugby League Players Association boss Clint Newton had just finished another marathon meeting, slumped into the back of a car, loosened his tie, then was asked via a video conference call if he thought it was fair for players to take a 46 per cent pay cut when the NRL executive only gave up

The ARL boss says he' s poised to save the NRL and its players with a financial plan. V'landys refused to disclose the amount, and RLPA boss Clint Newton was similarly tight-lipped, but sources It is understood there will be savage cuts to NRL headquarters, starting with executives , which will

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: RLPA General Manager of Player and Football Operations Clint Newton speaks to the media during a NRL press conference at Rugby League Central on March 19, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) © 2020 Getty Images SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: RLPA General Manager of Player and Football Operations Clint Newton speaks to the media during a NRL press conference at Rugby League Central on March 19, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) Rugby League Players Association boss Clint Newton had just finished another marathon meeting, slumped into the back of a car, loosened his tie, then was asked via a video conference call if he thought it was fair for players to take a 46 per cent pay cut when the NRL executive only gave up about 25 per cent.

"That's a question for [chairman] Peter [V'landys] and the [ARL] Commission around whether they think it's fair,'' Newton said.

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Club bosses , player reps and NRL executives to meet on Monday. “That is, genuinely engaging with the RLPA and its members. Being open and transparent as a priority, but also Greenberg has already taken a 25 per cent pay cut in his role as chief executive , and could take leave without pay

NRL players have been asked to take a pay cut of up to 87 per cent as the league braces for the worst-case scenario of an abandoned season due to coronavirus. And NRL great Cooper Cronk says players should agree to the massive financial hit and do "whatever it takes " to ensure the game' s

"At the moment, our main priority is to secure a deal that protects the players' immediate future based on what's available, and that's what we're trying to do now.''

Newton will meet with the NRL again on Tuesday and planned to take a letter of agreement to some of the senior players for discussion late Monday.

After a long week of different facts and figures about what players will receive, Newton confirmed the figure would be a 46 per cent pay cut for the year, and provided there was not another game of NRL played.

The players have already received their first five months of pay, and will receive a further two months for the remaining seven. The top earners, including Daly Cherry-Evans and Ben Hunt who will lose north of $500,000, will feel as much pain as those on the minimum salary.

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NRL players have been asked to take a pay cut of up to 87 per cent as the league begins to brace for the That scenario could leave several clubs in a dire financial position with questions raised over A tiered system of player cuts remains the highest priority for both the NRL and RLPA , shielding

Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chair Peter V'landys and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg announced the revised financial plan – which provides clubs with the Meanwhile, the NRL has proposed a funding model for player payments to the Rugby League Players Association ( RLPA ).

There will also be an option for players to tap into their retirement savings if needed.

"Two months [of pay] have been secured, and how they want to divvy that up will be determined by the individuals,'' Newton said.

"Some might want to spread it out, some might want two months up front and do their best from there, or take one month and separate the remaining month's pay.

"There is also the ability to withdraw funds that are connected to each individual's retirement accounts. That's also part of the detail we'll work through with the NRL around the guarantees of that money being available if or when the players want it.''

Newton said there was a ''fair level of disappointment'' when it was discovered about $10m was missing from the players' retirement fund. The NRL stressed that money would be there by the end of the current collective bargaining agreement.

Newton added the past few weeks had made everyone realise it had cost too much money to run the game, and changes needed to be made, something which had already been publicly addressed by V'landys.

"It's unsustainable to keep operating the way it has been, given the significant financial stress clubs are now under [especially] if we were to not play any more matches,'' Newton said.

There has been talk of the salary cap being reduced next year to help ease the financial strain on clubs - with suggestions the cap could dip as much as 40 per cent. Newton said it was important all contracts were honoured, and if there was a reduction ''we'd look to work on a proportionate amount of what is reduced''.

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