Ben­nett laments salary cap un­cer­tainty

Townsville Bulletin - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

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.

COM­MIT­TED: Re- signed Bronco Joe Ofa­hen­gaue with his girl­friend Sofi Leota. Pic­ture: AAP

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