NRL reveals ‘aligned, productive and collaborative’ talks with Rugby League Players’ Association over pay
While the AFL and the AFL Players’ Association is locked in a fierce dispute over the players’ salary cuts, there appears to be no such problems between the NRL and the RLPA.
The NRL and the Rugby League Players’ Association have taken a “united” first step in their discussions over how the suspended season will impact the players’ salaries, with an expectation that an agreement on player payment conditions will be reached by the end of the week.
NRL boss Todd Greenberg and RLPA CEO Clint Newton have already met to discuss the players’ share in the decreased revenue, and the talks were described as “aligned, productive and collaborative”.
“The conversations we started today are intended to resolve as quickly as possible what the current no-games situation means for players. We are trying to map out what is next in unbelievably difficult circumstances,” Greenberg said in a statement.
“To do this, we need to be transparent and honest, combined with the trust and confidence of the players.
“This means we will have hard conversations now, for the future good of the game.
“The NRL and the players are absolutely aligned in our desire to ensure the game gets through this crisis.”
While Newton agreed that the talks had been productive to-date, he stressed that his only goal was to protect the well-being of the players.
“The meeting provided the RLPA with further information regarding the financial status of the game,” he said.
“These are clearly difficult times but we are determined to get through this together. We will always look after our people and ensuring the appropriate support is available moving forward is key.
“The NRL has our trust, and we are committed to working with them to achieve the most realistic outcome for our players in these challenging and uncertain times.
“Togetherness and unity across all stakeholders will be paramount in achieving the best outcomes for the future of the game.”