Board member says Eels are under the cap

Angry director Paul Garrard insists Parramatta are already under the salary cap for 2016 and wants the Eels’ premiership points back.

“I went to a board meeting last week and we were under the cap,” Garrard told the Nine Network on Thursday.

“If it’s shown that we’re not over the cap, well then do you get the points back, or was that just another NRL furphy, telling the players (that)?”

Garrard, who is not one of the five Eels officials facing deregistration from the NRL, also slammed the governing body’s finding of systemic rorting at the club.

“What is the system? I haven’t seen any system there,” Garrard told the Parramatta Sun.

“The way they’ve handled it is a kick in the guts to the fans, the players and the sponsors.”

Garrard, the Lord Mayor of Parramatta, accused previous administrators of creating the salary cap mess, arguing the current directors were “very conscious of the salary cap”.

“Ironically it was people who disgraced the club in their time here who have given evidence (to the NRL).

“The people involved in this nonsense are clearly not with the club anymore, and they’ve got a lot to answer for.”

Garrard, who joined the remainder of chairman Peter Sharp’s board last year, also said the injunction successfully sought by Sharp and four fellow officials against the NRL was vital to the organisation of the club.

“The board was left exposed. We have 100 employees needing direction every day,” Garrard said.

“This will give us time to get appropriate personnel in to run the club, get a team on the field, and analyse the documents provided to us.”

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