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 Post subject: SBW in Super League
PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:05 pm 
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Looks like the superstar that is Sonny Bill Williams will be gracing the KCOM pitch next season, just a shame he will be using the away dressing room!

On a serious note what a signing, not just for Toronto but for Rugby League in this country. Whatever your opinions on the Wolfpack you can’t deny their owner has really put his money where his mouth is and I am all for it!

I am very much looking forward to seeing us make a move for Benji Marshall next season!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:17 pm 
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Aswilco93 wrote:Looks like the superstar that is Sonny Bill Williams will be gracing the KCOM pitch next season, just a shame he will be using the away dressing room!

On a serious note what a signing, not just for Toronto but for Rugby League in this country. Whatever your opinions on the Wolfpack you can’t deny their owner has really put his money where his mouth is and I am all for it!

I am very much looking forward to seeing us make a move for Benji Marshall next season!
£2.6m a year, makes a mockery of the salary cap. I just hope he does better for Toronto than Willie Mason did for KR.

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 Post subject: Re: SBW in Super League
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:45 pm 
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IR80 wrote:£2.6m a year, makes a mockery of the salary cap. I just hope he does better for Toronto than Willie Mason did for KR.


How does it make a mockery of it? The marquee rule was brought in for this reason, and if they choose to pay him that much, it is their decision. It has brought more exposure to the game from sources that don't typically report on RL, than any other story.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:54 pm 
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Wilde 3 wrote:How does it make a mockery of it? The marquee rule was brought in for this reason, and if they choose to pay him that much, it is their decision. It has brought more exposure to the game from sources that don't typically report on RL, than any other story.

The cap was designed to level the playing field, not to allow a team with a wealthy benefactor sign half an NRL squad and play in SL. (in my view, anyway)

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 Post subject: Re: SBW in Super League
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:12 pm 
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IR80 wrote:The cap was designed to level the playing field, not to allow a team with a wealthy benefactor sign half an NRL squad and play in SL. (in my view, anyway)

I agree.
So only £150,000 a season goes on the cap from £2,500,000 :shock:
How many Marquee players is a team allowed?
Plus if they stay, a Super League owner may well see the demise of his own club.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:25 pm 
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The huge wedge Williams is to receive will be an inescapable irony as he lines up against cash-strapped clubs, whose financial woes epitomise the constant struggles suffered throughout a British league scene that too often finds itself on its knees, crying out for recognition when years of mismanagement have led to some of Super League's mainstays facing extinction

This is not a dig at Williams, because league in the UK needs all the publicity it can get and his superstar profile will only boost interest in the competition, but it sums up how desperate things are when a sport relies on some bored businessmen from the other side of the planet to open their wallets.

The 34-year-old Williams, who barely made it to his third Rugby World Cup this year after struggling desperately with injuries to his battered but brawny body, will be one of the Wolfpack's two marquee players under the Super League's ruling where clubs are allowed to count just the first £150,000 (NZ$302,850) of any nominated player's wage towards their salary cap.

When the rule was introduced after clubs voted in favour of it in 2015, they were allowed one nominated player but it has since been extended to two and could certainly be increased again
.... If you want to read it all...

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/11 ... ontroversy

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 Post subject: Re: SBW in Super League
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:30 pm 
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Wilde 3 wrote:How does it make a mockery of it? The marquee rule was brought in for this reason, and if they choose to pay him that much, it is their decision. It has brought more exposure to the game from sources that don't typically report on RL, than any other story.

The mockery is that most teams will operate the sesson on less than he getting for one year :CRAZY:

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 Post subject: Re: SBW in Super League
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It’s got non rugby league people talking about the game though, (whatever the rights and wrongs of his salary), which the current incumbent clubs have been unable to do.

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Great signing well done Toronto we need more marquee players in Super League






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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:44 am 
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Ellam wrote:Great signing well done Toronto we need more marquee players in Super League

why?

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