Eels make Friday week deadline a priority

Former NRL salary cap auditor Ian Schubert is heading sanctioned Parramatta’s efforts to get under the cap before their next game on Friday week.

The Eels say they have made it a priority to meet the nine-day deadline to resolve their $570,000 cap breach, in order to begin playing for premiership points again.

“The club recognises that being salary cap compliant and able to accrue competition points is essential for the Parramatta Eels playing group, members and supporters, and the game of rugby league,” the club said in a statement.

Schubert has been at the club since November, after being the NRL’s salary cap monitor for 18 years.

He also headed investigations into previous cap scandals at Canterbury in 2002 and Melbourne in 2010.

The club said it was working closely with the NRL through the process.

The Eels were on Tuesday issued with a breach notice stripping them of the 12 points they have earned so far this season plus a $1 million fine for systemic salary cap rorting totalling $3 million since 2013.

While they are currently in fifth place on the ladder, they will revert to zero points and must win 12 of their last 15 games if they are to make the finals.

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