Tigers dis­pute go­ing to the wire

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Char­lie Mor­gan

Le­ices­ter Tigers play­ers hold­ing out against sign­ing amended con­tracts have been told their fate will be de­cided by the club’s board to­mor­row if they do not agree terms.

The group of play­ers num­bers in dou­ble fig­ures. Tonight is the dead­line that has been pre­sented to them to de­cide whether they want to stay on new deals or leave.

To­day is a day off for the play­ers and dou­bles up as Steve Borth­wick’s of­fi­cial start­ing date as head coach. With Ge­or­dan Mur­phy mov­ing to the post of di­rec­tor of rugby, it would ap­pear that his first task will be to dis­cuss with board mem­bers the fu­tures of any in­di­vid­u­als who do not sign.

Jan McGin­ity, the club’s head of elite per­for­mance re­cruit­ment, has been hold­ing a daily Zoom call with the agents of all af­fected play­ers in an ef­fort to co­or­di­nate Le­ices­ter’s mes­sag­ing, and it is un­der­stood that there are two main gripes among those hold­ing out.

The first is­sue is how the club used the win­dow be­tween June 10, when the Premier­ship salary cap re­duc­tion was de­cided, and June 18 – the cut-off for “ex­ist­ing con­tracts” of which only 75 per cent would count to­wards the re­vised cap of £5.4 mil­lion. Le­ices­ter tied down around 18 play­ers, but not the full squad, to longer deals. The sec­ond is­sue, The Daily Tele­graph un­der­stands, is that Le­ices­ter have not com­mit­ted in writ­ing to any fur­ther pay cuts stop­ping af­ter July 1, 2021.

The Tele­graph ap­proached Le­ices­ter for com­ment but they were yet to pro­duce a re­sponse.

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