Marquee Player Approved

SUPER League clubs have given their support to a proposal that will provide a dispensation under the salary cap rules for each of them to sign a marquee player from the 2016 season onwards.

The decision was made at the Annual General Meeting of Super League (Europe) held at MediaCityUK earlier today, when a majority of clubs approved an initiative that will enable clubs to recruit more world class talent into the competition.

Super League Chief Executive Nigel Wood welcomed today’s decision, which follows a lengthy period of debate and consideration by the sport’s elite clubs.

“I would like to congratulate the clubs on both their foresight in approving the marquee player proposal and for the mature and responsible way in which they have reached their decision,” said Wood.

“The clubs recognise that the salary cap continues to have an important regulatory function and the marquee player allowance provides a level of flexibility that will benefit both Super League and the wider sport.

“The ability to recruit one marquee player each will enable the clubs to enhance the talent pool within a competition which has a proud record of developing outstanding world class talent.”

Under the terms of the salary cap rule amendment, clubs will be entitled to sign one marquee player who will have a notional value on their salary cap register of either £100,000 if club trained or £175,000 if non-club trained.

Clubs will only be allowed to sign a marquee player if they meet clearly-defined affordability criteria based around their income and expenditure.

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