Bennett laments salary cap uncertainty
BRISBANE coach Wayne Bennett has lamented the difficulty in planning for the future while uncertainty over next year’s NRL salary cap continues.
The Broncos have made big strides in player retention this season, with young prop Joe Ofahengaue the latest player to commit to the club. Ofahengaue, who has played 40 games since his 2015 debut, penned a two- year extension yesterday, fol- lowing Kodi Nikorima’s decision to re- sign for three more years earlier in the week. Andrew McCullough, Alex Glenn, Josh McGuire, Corey Oates and Anthony Milford have also signed new Broncos deals in the last four months.
But Bennett said all of that was easier said than done, considering there is still no set figure for the 2018 salary cap due to ongoing negotiations between the NRL and the Rugby League Players’ Association.
“It has been hard. We still don’t know what salary cap we’re working with,” Bennett said.
“The NRL have got one but the players’ association haven’t signed off on it, so it has made it more difficult than it should have been.”
Players are seeking a 29 per cent share of rugby league’s income streams with more talks between the NRL and RLPA set for this week.