Silly season restarts as NRL allows player contracts to be registered

The NRL’s transfer market has officially reopened, clearing the way for more than 180 off-contract players – including superstars Cameron Smith, Benji Marshall, David Fifita and Jake Friend – to make calls on their futures.

More than $6 million worth of playing talent had been left in limbo after the NRL refused to register new contracts due after the coronavirus shut down the competition. But with the premiership set to recommence on May 28, all clubs, players and agents have been informed that they are permitted to return to the negotiating table and begin lodging contracts with head office as of today.

Any new deal will need to have a clause inserted that states the value of the contract may decrease in line with any drop in future salary caps, should there be an agreement between the NRL and the Rugby League Players’ Association to lower the cap.

The ability to again lodge contracts will come as a relief to a plethora of free agents keen to finalise their futures. Major names still to determine their plans beyond this season include Smith, Marshall, Fitita, Friend, John Bateman, James Graham, Kieran Foran, Mitch Barnett, Blake Green, Adam Blair, Issac Luke, Ryan James, Gavin Cooper, Moses Suli, Tyrone Roberts, Nathan Peats, Adam Elliott, Mitchell Aubusson, Kevin Proctor, Reed Mahoney, James Tamou and the Morris twins, Josh and Brett. Broncos stars Anthony Milford and Corey Oates have options in their favour for next season.


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