NRL and Rugby League Players’ Association reportedly agree to a new pay deal

THE protracted pay dispute between the NRL and its players has apparently been resolved.

The two sides have called a media conference on Friday morning in Sydney, to be attended by NRL boss Todd Greenberg and Rugby League Players’ Association chief executive Ian Prendergast.

It’s believed a deal will be announced at the event, ending more than 16 months of discussions between the NRL and its players.

Meanwhile, Australian captain and RLPA general president Cameron Smith says the long standoff won’t lead to lingering issues between the two parties.

“Not at all. Todd came on board and was involved in discussions late in the piece,” Smith said.

“As soon as he was on board we made some headway with our proposal and where it will be finalised.

“I think discussions that the players association team have had with the NRL are quite healthy and I think we’ve got a deal in place we should have finalised soon.”

Under the deal, the players will likely receive 29.5 per cent of the NRL’s income, while the salary cap will be set at the figure of $ 9.4 million for next sext season — as agreed by the 16 NRL clubs in August.

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