Former NRL salary cap auditor Ian Schubert has called for a dramatic overhaul of the current system, advocating for a “fantasy league” style points system to be brought in.
Schubert has been helping Parramatta with their salary cap woes, but says he has seen the need for change for several years.
“As a personal project really, I have considered a points system for years and have run models over the NRL clubs and the actual figures, just looking at how an alternative might measure up,” Schubert told Men Of League magazine.
“Effectively, it would be almost a real fantasy league, with a lot of variables covering injury, talent differentiation between same-level rep players, encouragement for clubs to be development rather than recruitment clubs etc. In principle, I see the value in it being considered.
“Its greatest benefit is transparency.”
The issue is likely to be debated at a meeting of CEOs at Rugby League Central on Thursday.
Schubert was the game’s salary cap auditor for 18 years, retiring from the role in 2013.