Castleford unhappy with ‘marquee player’ rule change

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell and CEO Steve Gill are not happy about the decision taken by Super League to allow clubs a ‘marquee player’ exemption from the salary cap.

Powell feels that there are a number of issues associated with the change which have not been properly considered.

“I’m not sure it’s something we needed to do having got a competition that looks like it’s got a bit of parity. I do think we have a strong competition at the moment that is tough to call,” he said.

“I think there are a lot of questions and I’m not sure if the people doing this have got the answers. It will create some debates and banter in the changing rooms no doubt.”

Gill feels that the new rule could jeopardise the stability of many clubs in Super League, especially those towards the foot of the table.

“My view and the clubs view, was not to support the marquee signing proposal, we felt the extra income we had received through the sky monies, had given us a sustainable business plan that would help us compete at the highest level, and on a level playing field,” he said.

“2014 saw our club finish fourth in Super League, become Challenge Cup finalist, and be within 80 minutes of the League Leaders Shield.

“This year we currently sit in joint fifth in the Super League table, in what is arguably the most competitive league table ever.

“I fully understand the need to retain our home talent from the NRL and rugby union, however I do feel as though we will end up with once again the top five clubs winning everything and the others just making up the numbers.

“We don’t believe this is good for the game long term, therefore we felt we could not support the marquee proposal yesterday.”

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