Self­ish agen­das a threat

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL - TRAVIS MEYN

DAR­RYL Kelly says the self­ish agen­das of ri­val club bosses are more of a threat to his planned pur­chase of the Gold Coast Ti­tans than rugby league’s week of co­caine shame.

Kelly says he re­mains com­mit­ted to buy­ing the Ti­tans even af­ter co-cap­tain Kevin Proc­tor’s drugs scan­dal, but warned “in­di­vid­u­als and their agen­das” are threat­en­ing the fu­ture of the NRL.

Ti­tans power­bro­kers came down hard on Proc­tor with a four-match ban and a $20,000 fine, and Kelly in­sists it is a be­havioural blip for the club.

Kelly is fi­nal­is­ing plans for a con­sor­tium of lo­cal in­vestors to pur­chase the Ti­tans be­fore the next NRL fi­nan­cial year be­gins on Novem­ber 1, but he is mov­ing with cau­tion be­cause of the covert move­ments of lead­ing fig­ures at some clubs.

The NRL is aware of a group of club chair­men align­ing with the play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion in push­ing for a higher salary cap. Some of those clubs are be­lieved to have spent well in ex­cess of pro­jec­tions for the 2018 salary cap, and need the NRL to raise the bud­get for play­ing ros­ters to avoid shed­ding play­ers.

Club chair­men and CEOs will meet with the NRL on Wed­nes­day.

“There are events hap­pen­ing with some of the in­di­vid­u­als in rugby league at the mo­ment that would be a big­ger de­ter­rent to me in­vest­ing in foot­ball than the (drug) events of the last week,” Kelly said.

“Some of the in­di­vid­u­als and their agen­das are not good for rugby league and the NRL.

“We (in­vestors) are still com­mit­ted and mov­ing for­ward. Hope­fully in the next cou­ple of months we will be in a po­si­tion to an­nounce what we’re do­ing.”

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