WHY IS INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL ADVICE IMPORTANT?
Most players don’t have the rugby or contractual expertise or knowledge of the market to negotiate a contract without independent professional advice. Players need to ensure they are not taken advantage of by administrators, who will generally have more knowledge and experience than a player in this space. A player may find it hard to discuss certain issues directly with the administration. Family and friends looking to help a player need to stay involved and pro-actively engaged in helping the player but they also should recognise specialist advice and support will also be required, and they may not be in the best position to provide that.