NRL clear Titans of Salary Cap breach

The National Rugby League has completed its initial findings in relation to Salary Cap allegations made against the Gold Coast Titans by Gold Coast builder Alex Simpson.

The Salary Cap auditors have looked at all material provided by Mr Simpson and have interviewed him and those ‘independent’ parties that he said would be able to corroborate his version of events.

Interviews were also conducted with Titans Chief Executive Michael Searle, Titans captain Scott Prince and player manager Steve Robinson.

“These allegations have been made in the context of an on-going legal dispute between Mr Simpson’s company and the Titans and it goes without saying that we will continue to monitor those proceedings,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said.

“Despite the conviction with which the Salary Cap allegations have been made, there appears to be no binding agreement between Scott Prince and Simcorp to construct a house.

“There appears to be no first hand evidence from anyone other than Mr Simpson to suggest that Scott Prince expected a house to be constructed free of charge. There has furthermore been no commencement of any construction work.

“In contrast to Mr Simpson’s claims, there is also evidence that the Princes sold a Townsville property to fund any future construction costs they may incur should they  undertake work on their Gold Coast home.

“There is also evidence that they had consulted other builders in relation to the project and obtained quotes from those builders.

“The NRL will investigate any salary cap issues that are brought to its attention and our salary cap team has examined the matters raised by Mr Simpson in considerable detail.

“We are always open to receiving any new information on this or any other matter but clubs are also entitled to expect that they will be judged on evidence rather than accusations.”