SUPER League clubs have given the green-light to the plan for a Marquee Player Allowance – which has a big implication for Wigan.
The decision was made at the Annual General Meeting of Super League held at MediaCityUK earlier today, when a majority of chairmen approved an initiative that will enable clubs to recruit more world class talent into the competition.
Under the terms of the salary cap rule amendment, clubs will be entitled to sign one marquee player, but only part of his wages will count towards the salary cap.
Club-trained players will have only £100,000 counting on the cap, while non-club trained will be £175,000 - even if they are paid much more.
The move has huge ramifications for Wigan, who will now be able to make 2016 recruit Sam Tomkins their marquee player, and only £100,000 of his wages will count on the wage ceiling.
It will give the club more flexibility to retain, and recruit, elsewhere.
Wigan backed the proposal, which comes into force from 2016.
The cap is currently set at £1.85m for first-team players’ wages, though clubs with England internationals are allowed to spend an additional £100,000.
Super League chief executive Nigel Wood said: “I would like to congratulate the clubs on both their foresight in approving the marquee player proposal and for the mature and responsible way in which they have reached their decision.
“The clubs recognise that the salary cap continues to have an important regulatory function and the marquee player allowance provides a level of flexibility that will benefit both Super League and the wider sport.
“The ability to recruit one marquee player each will enable the clubs to enhance the talent pool within a competition which has a proud record of developing outstanding world class talent.”