Wake­field ne­go­ti­ate wage cuts with 30 play­ers

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Lions Call.

At the time of the in­ci­dent both play­ers kept their coun­sel, with Har­lequins full­back Brown say­ing only: “When the de­tails come out, peo­ple will know how ev­ery­one

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Wake­field Trin­ity agreed salary cuts with all but three of their play­ers be­fore their re­turn to train­ing to­day in prepa­ra­tion for the re­sump­tion of Su­per League.

The club were able to per­suade 30 out of 33 play­ers to agree salary re­duc­tions, which will re­duced the squad’s take-home wages by 11.3 per cent on av­er­age. The club said they would re­view their po­si­tion in Septem­ber.

Wake­field have not played since their 17-14 Chal­lenge Cup vic­tory over Brad­ford Bulls on March 13 be­cause of the pan­demic. They man­aged two Su­per League games, in­clud­ing a 27-26 home de­feat by Hull FC a week ear­lier, be­fore the league was sus­pended. Their first game back will be against Wi­gan on Aug 9.

Dis­cus­sions on salary cuts had con­tin­ued for the past few weeks, with chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Carter prais­ing cap­tain Ja­cob Miller and the se­nior play­ers for their as­sis­tance in re­solv­ing the is­sue. He added that only 33 sea­son-ticket hold­ers had asked for re­funds, which had helped the club limit the wage cuts and pro­tect the salaries of the club’s young play­ers.

“I’d like to pay tribute to Ja­cob Miller and his fel­low lead­er­ship group for their un­der­stand­ing at a time when club fi­nances are still un­sta­ble,” Carter said.

“On the back of the Gov­ern­ment Job Re­ten­tion Scheme, and also the fan­tas­tic re­ac­tion from our sea­sonticket mem­bers, where just 33 peo­ple have in­di­cated that they would seek a re­fund, I was able to put a re­vised scheme to­gether that en­hanced the play­ers’ salaries, and pro­tected com­pletely the younger mem­bers of the squad.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of the squad have ac­cepted this and there will be fur­ther re­views in Septem­ber should cir­cum­stances change.

“This now means that the av­er­age net monthly salary re­duc­tion is 16.3 per cent across the squad, and the net an­nual re­duc­tion will be 11.3 per cent of take home pay.”

Carter also clar­i­fied that sign­ings, such as Liam Kay join­ing on loan last week from Toronto Wolf­pack, were done on a “cost-neu­tral ba­sis” and did not have “a detri­men­tal ef­fect to the cuts that play­ers and staff have had to take”.

Costly in­ci­dent: Ben Te’o (front) and Mike Brown both missed out on the World Cup

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