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NRL won't pry into player finances

04/08/2003 07:10:19 PM Comments (0)

The National Rugby League has backed down on enforcing clauses in the new playing contract which allows them access to players' financial records.

The NRL said it would allow for a further period of consultation over the clauses, which allow the league to look at players' tax returns and financial information.

The new rules, including the new contracts, had been distributed to the Rugby League Professionals Association (RLPA) and the clubs in June.

"It is disappointing that it has taken this long for a concern to be raised, particularly when the NRL had much the same powers under the old contract," NRL chief executive David Gallop said.

"The purpose of the new documents was to have a clearer and consolidated set of documents for all parties.

"This included a number of improved conditions for players.

"I'd rather see the clauses held out until we can find common ground than have players think the rules are being somehow pushed through.

"As I said, these documents were distributed widely before June 30 and perhaps the lesson for us is the need to point out the changes more clearly, rather than rely on parties reading the detail in the documents.

"The relationship the game has with the players and the good faith in which we are trying to complete the Collective Bargaining Agreement is more significant than these contract changes.

"I'm also happy to discuss any other concerns interested parties may have with the documents in the next week or so and, if necessary, take a similar view.

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