RFL defends player ambassador program

The RFL has defended use of its player ambassador program, claiming all Super League clubs have been made fully aware of the initiative.

Love Rugby League understands the program, which involves players being paid by the RFL for their involvement in commercial and marketing operations with sponsors, was first presented to the clubs as a proposal in Perpignan in December 2015.

Blake Solly, then head of Super League, presented it to the clubs in France and then there was a second presentation in June 2016 when the program had been signed off by the RFL board.

“Every single club was presented it and talked through it,” a source within the RFL told Love Rugby League.

“These are not central contracts. We’re are not giving clubs money to give to players.”

Under the player ambassador program deals are done directly with players, who in return give the RFL a certain number of days that they are available for use for commercial purposes.

It is believed only one Super League player has already signed one of these deals with the RFL, with two or three more players expected to sign in the future.

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