Pay cuts needed to save the game, says Liam Farrell

Liam Farrell says Wigan players are supportive of taking pay-cuts, admitting: “This is about saving the sport.”
Liam Farrell in trainingLiam Farrell in training
Liam Farrell in training

With income streams drying up while the season is on hold, Warriors’ executive director Kris Radlinski has warned getting all clubs through this postponement period is the game’s biggest challenge.

Many other sports have reduced their players’ wages to save money and Wigan are expected to follow several other Super League clubs by putting their staff on furlough this week, meaning they will be stood down from working with 80 per cent of their salaries – up to £2,500 a month – paid by the government.

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The Warriors, like all employers, have the option of ‘topping up’ the wages.

Farrell, one of the senior figures at the club, said: “Everyone is aware of what the finances of the game are, the sport is quite vulnerable.

“The lads have spoken to each other, we know the financial implications (or taking pay cuts) but this is about saving the sport.

“Rugby union and football are doing it and I’ve read about the NRL, they rely so heavily on the TV deal – I thought we were in a bad position but they seem even worse.”

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Prop George Burgess told Fox League last week there were talks of players taking cuts of up to 75 per cent, but the measures are not expected to be that drastic.

RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer says he has been in talks with the government about securing funding while the season is postponed.

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