Have been concussed
Have hidden symptoms in order to progress through the
‘return to play’ protocols HE MAJORITY of players use agents, with most paying between 5-8% of their contracts to their agent rather than a set fee. One of the problems raised by players in the survey was their agents not stepping in to help with any difficulties at their clubs, with one citing “a lack of support for any issues at a club”.
Another player focused on some agents’ self-interest in negotiating transfers, commenting: “Agents get paid more for sending players overseas. They don’t have the national interest at heart. Young players are moved around for agent profits, not always beneficial to the player.”
These issues are discussed by Conrad Smith on page 17. The ex-All Black is working with International Rugby Players and World Rugby to introduce global regulations around player agents and set up a global registration programme to ensure they are required to meet certain standards.
With regards young players, Smith wants to ensure there are rules around the minimum
Tage that an agent can sign a player. He says: “Some national regulations need a player to be 18, others are 16, but as a general point no contract should be binding for longer than a year or two.
“If a player goes really well after signing their first contract, we don’t want them to be bound or to be tied to an agent for the next ten years after they have signed at 18.”
Head checkRyan Wilson goes for an HIA