Storm saga: NRL welcomes end of proceedings

The National Rugby League has today welcomed the end of proceedings initiated by the Melbourne Storm in the Supreme Court of Victoria. <br><br>The formal withdrawl of proceedings before Justice Pagone this afternoon removes the barriers the Storm’s legal team had placed in the path of the NRL Salary Cap Auditor by refusing to allow the club to answer a number of inquiries in relation to Melbourne’s current Salary Cap position while the proceedings remained in progress.<br><br>NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said today that the case remained among the most disappointing aspects of the Salary Cap issue:<br><br>“This case did not have merit and has only served to give false hope to Storm fans.<br><br>“The NRL moved quickly on 22 April because that’s what the Storm, via its then Chairman Dr Rob Moodie, chose to do.<br><br>“They brought forward the date for the meeting and their admissions provided a large proportion of the evidence that led to the penalties.<br><br>“If they had given any indication that they wished to follow our normal appeal process that is what would have happened.<br><br>“Their announcements that they ‘accept the ref’s decision’ and that they ‘offered no excuses' were emphatic on the day and we relied on them.<br><br>“The penalties were the right ones for what had occurred. It’s time for all of us to concentrate on the club’s future.”