Pay cuts inevitable for players, says RLPA


“It all comes down to getting the financial information and then taking a considered approach with the information we get,” Newton said.

“We have to take into consideration the downturn the game is going to have to manage over the next uncertain period.

New RLPA CEO Clint Newton concedes players will need to take a pay cut.Credit:Getty

“We’ve always said the players will share in that, it’s just about where that is drawn from and how does that impact on NRL-contracted players.

“Now it’s about the proportionality of the sharing and how we separate that out over those major stakeholder groups.”

The clubs and the NRL itself have moved to slash costs by either laying off staff or asking them to take leave. Greenberg indicated players would also feel the pain.

“This is a moment in time where the game’s cost base will need to be reset,” Greenberg said.

“And that cost base is across the entire sport from players to clubs, central administration. Everyone has a role to play in resetting that cost base.”

Pressed on player wages, Greenberg said: “If we are being realistic about what we’re facing, the resetting of the cost base is across the whole game. And that includes every single one (stakeholders), including myself.”

Newton said he was proud of the commitment of all players, particularly the Warriors, for the sacrifices they had made in an attempt to keep the competition going.

“Can I just say the commitment and sacrifices they have made over the last couple of weeks has been nothing short of incredible,” he said. “They have been away from their family members and their loved ones during the most difficult circumstances and they will be supported through this process.

“[All] players and the staff were carrying every single rugby league fan on their shoulders to try to keep the game moving forward, but ultimately it was no longer safe to continue.”

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Newton said he was open to the prospect of the competition running through until as late as December if required.

“The players have demonstrated over the last few weeks they will do everything for this game,” he said.

“That remains at the forefront of all their minds. Provided it’s still safe and based on the expert advice to restart play, they will do all they can for this game.

“For someone who is new in this position, I’ve never been more determined to stand beside the players and get them through this.

“We are the players. My commitment and determination has never been stronger.”

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