Changes to transfer rules, backflip rule, signings, contracts, cooling off period, news, collective agreement, news

The NRL will introduce a new rule to give clubs a 10-day window to persuade players to back out when signing contracts with rival clubs.

The changes to the salary cap and NRL contract laws were sent to clubs during the week The Daily Telegraph and will launch on November 1st.

Under the new structure, offers for players must be submitted to the NRL and if accepted, their current club will have the opportunity to change the player’s mind.

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The changes could see big-name stars like Jarome Luai and Joey Manu potentially backing out of potential contracts that are submitted and accepted.

Previously the NRL had a “cooling off period” but an NRL spokesperson explained that the “final right to negotiate” rules were not the same.

The document provided to clubs reportedly states: “Each player must grant his incumbent club a final right of negotiation for a period of 10 days from the date of notification that the player has received an offer from a rival club and that offer has also received.” submitted to the NRL that he is willing to accept,” said the SMH.

“The new procedure does not provide for a ‘cooling off period’,” said the spokesman News Corp.

“The new negotiation window applies for a period of 10 days after a player has received an offer from a new club that he would be happy to accept.

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“You then have to give your current club a ten-day negotiation window before they accept the other offer.

“Once the 10-day period has expired, the player is free to sign with one of the clubs. Players are not obliged to accept an offer from their current club, even if it matches the offer from the new club.”

Daly Cherry-Evan’s decision to back out of his deal with the Titans almost a decade ago caused mass fanfare and forced the NRL to introduce a cooling-off period.

The rule was later abolished in 2018.

The NRL will also be challenging the November 1 deadline as clubs, players and agents are now unable to negotiate before that date.

Negotiations could have been held previously, but a contract could only be signed in the last year of the existing contract. Changes to transfer rules, backflip rule, signings, contracts, cooling off period, news, collective agreement, news

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