Selfish agendas a threat
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.”