NRL Rumour and Movements - 2019

Sproj

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So does this mean that you can just destroy your own salary cap but as long as your last player signed sits out, you're all good?

Why not sign every big name around but make sure your last signing is a nobody.
 

scobie

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What's the point in the NRL having an auditing team? Aren't they supposed to sign off on new contracts to make sure the club doesn't inadvertently go over the cap? Whatever about Cam Smith losing his job, and that would be funny to see, surely the whole auditing team have fucked up monumentally and deserve to lose their jobs too.
 

Old Mate

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From what I can tell, Sandor Earl was the last player to sign on for Melbourne’s 2019 season.
That’s a nice little loop hole. Sign a nobody right after going over the cap so your big name isn’t forced out.

Not that it’s much of a loop hole.
 
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Astro

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That’s a nice little loop hole. Sign a nobody right after going over the cap so your big name isn’t forced out.

Not that it’s much of a loop hole.
I would say it is exactly as morkel said you lose the last signed player and if your not under the cap you lose the next in line so on until you fall below the cap.
 

Nashy

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I don't buy it.

The Storm are looking to offload Kasiano because they have to shed 600,000? Like all rumours, I'm sure there's an element of truth. I'm sure Bellamy realises that Kasiano isn't a good fit for Melbourne and wants to move him on ASAP. Anything beyond that is a stretch and it's really irresponsible of Dobbo to report this. This is the type of rumour where people just accept it at face value and then believe the NRL is letting these clubs get away with murder.
Well they do. They are absolutely and utterly hopeless at finding cheats. Given what they have always attempted to get away with, it's on that stain of a club to prove that they are not over. They're keeping very quiet, which tells me Dobbo might actually have something here.

Irrisponsible would be the media not reporting on these rumours, it's the only thing that gets the NRL to actually look.
 

Big Pete

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Well they do. They are absolutely and utterly hopeless at finding cheats. Given what they have always attempted to get away with, it's on that stain of a club to prove that they are not over. They're keeping very quiet, which tells me Dobbo might actually have something here.

Irrisponsible would be the media not reporting on these rumours, it's the only thing that gets the NRL to actually look.
Not when it's coming from sources who rarely do their due diligence and can't get their facts straight.

Also, they're not keeping quiet. They responded to the rumour last week:

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/teams/storm/melbourne-storm-rubbish-reported-salary-cap-strife/news-story/f84599adc135f45d239a6c3c7f884a27

And they responded yesterday

https://www.sportingnews.com/au/league/news/melbourne-storm-salary-cap-rumours-round-one/vmo2ctpfxq0h1likedcwxdws8

There's an element of truth there, but the way it's been reported is dishonest. Yet fans don't look into it or consider the possibility that certain facts don't add up. They read what they want to and draw conclusions.
 

Morkel

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Not when it's coming from sources who rarely do their due diligence and can't get their facts straight.

Also, they're not keeping quiet. They responded to the rumour last week:

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/teams/storm/melbourne-storm-rubbish-reported-salary-cap-strife/news-story/f84599adc135f45d239a6c3c7f884a27

And they responded yesterday

https://www.sportingnews.com/au/league/news/melbourne-storm-salary-cap-rumours-round-one/vmo2ctpfxq0h1likedcwxdws8

There's an element of truth there, but the way it's been reported is dishonest. Yet fans don't look into it or consider the possibility that certain facts don't add up. They read what they want to and draw conclusions.
There is more than just an element of truth. Dobbo never suggested that they'd ever actually not run out for Round 1, just that they have to get under the cap, or they'll be forced to shed players based on a last-signed basis.

Also, no one believes that releasing Kasiano would free up $600k. Just that he is one player that they have confirmed to be shopping around and will go some way towards getting compliant. They for sure will have to shed one or two more, who those players are though is not known.
 

Nashy

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Not when it's coming from sources who rarely do their due diligence and can't get their facts straight.

Also, they're not keeping quiet. They responded to the rumour last week:

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/teams/storm/melbourne-storm-rubbish-reported-salary-cap-strife/news-story/f84599adc135f45d239a6c3c7f884a27

And they responded yesterday

https://www.sportingnews.com/au/league/news/melbourne-storm-salary-cap-rumours-round-one/vmo2ctpfxq0h1likedcwxdws8

There's an element of truth there, but the way it's been reported is dishonest. Yet fans don't look into it or consider the possibility that certain facts don't add up. They read what they want to and draw conclusions.
Cool. They also denied they were systematically cheating the cap. So I don't actually give a rats what they have to say. I'm not saying Dobbo is right, he's probably wrong like the useless bastard always is, but I choose to believe him over the cheating rule bending scum Storm.
 

Morkel

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Not sure if it was here or elsewhere, but someone said Sandor Earl may actually be their most recent signing? Maybe that is the loophole they are going for. I don't think the NRL have said that they terminate that most recent contract, just that that player won't be eligible to play.

If that's the case, releasing Kasiano may free up a hypothetical $300k once a replacement in the top 30 is allowed for. If Earl is on $300k, they can stand him down (he wasn't likely to be in the 17 anyway), and technically be under the cap. The loophole is that they won't actually be replacing Earl, so they don't need to sign Squad #30 on minimum wage which would obviously have to count towards the cap.
 
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Big Pete

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Dobbo never suggested that they'd ever actually not run out for Round 1
The NRL have said to the Melbourne Storm, ‘It’s like this. You can get under the salary cap within 16 days or you won’t be taking the field in round one’.
You would think if Ben Dobbin had the story of the life-time he'd be able to go into more detail than what he has. At the moment, he's recycled one dot, and drawn conclusions seemingly out of thin air.
 

john1420

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Not sure if it was here or elsewhere, but someone said Sandor Earl may actually be their most recent signing? Maybe that is the loophole they are going for. I don't think the NRL have said that they terminate that most recent contract, just that that player won't be eligible to play.

If that's the case, releasing Kasiano may free up a hypothetical $300k once a replacement in the top 30 is allowed for. If Earl is on $300k, they can stand him down (he wasn't likely to be in the 17 anyway), and technically be under the cap. The loophole is that they won't actually be replacing Earl, so they don't need to sign Squad #30 on minimum wage which would obviously have to count towards the cap.
If that's true, it's a big loophole

Now a club can spread the cap over 29 players

Sure it's probably only 150-200k or so, but that much extra on top could be the difference in keeping one of your stars
 

Morkel

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You would think if Ben Dobbin had the story of the life-time he'd be able to go into more detail than what he has. At the moment, he's recycled one dot, and drawn conclusions seemingly out of thin air.
The only thing he's said that hasn't been confirmed is the $600k value that they're supposedly over.
 

Morkel

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If that's true, it's a big loophole

Now a club can spread the cap over 29 players

Sure it's probably only 150-200k or so, but that much extra on top could be the difference in keeping one of your stars
It was merely my hypothesis. I'm no Dobbo, and won't claim it as fact ;)
 

Big Pete

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The only thing he's said that hasn't been confirmed is the $600k value that they're supposedly over.
I haven't seen any confirmation on this:

He reported the club is desperate to find a new home for Kasiano because the NRL recently threatened the club with being excluded from the opening round of the season on March 14 if they are still not salary cap compliant.
 

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