The National Rugby League has today outlined Salary Cap breaches against the Wests Tigers, the Gold Coast Titans, the St George Illawarra Dragons, the Parramatta Eels and the Canberra Raiders following the completion of all audits into the 2010 season.
The largest breach notice is in relation to the Wests Tigers, who claimed a ‘long serving player allowance’ contrary to advice from the Salary Cap audit team.
The remaining breaches across four clubs concern the use of second tier players and the categorisation of education grants, accommodation and termination payments.
“The compliance across the vast majority of clubs has been encouraging but the penalties are a reminder that the Salary Cap will be enforced,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said today.
“Six clubs were breached last year, most notably the Storm. It is pleasing to see the number down this year but the warning bells for anyone looking to break the rules could not be any louder.
“For the most part we are seeing a genuine wish to comply with the rules from the clubs but this remains an area in which we are always conducting thorough investigations.
“The Salary Cap audit team works incredibly hard to monitor the clubs and deserves considerable recognition for the role it plays in making the Telstra Premiership the closest and most exciting competition in Australian sport.”
The 2010 Salary Cap Breach notices are as follows:
Wests Tigers $187,140
Gold Coast Titans $76,380
Parramatta Eels $44,988
Canberra Raiders $31,657
St George Illawarra Dragons $15,694
The Titans have also been breached a further $2,500 for failing to properly register a Toyota Cup player.
All clubs will have until Friday, May 20, to make submissions to the NRL Chief Executive in relation to the breaches before any penalties are imposed.