May 11, 2021

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Andrew Johns slams NRL salary cap amid Adam Reynolds’ looming South Sydney exit from Cronulla Sharks


Rugby league legend Andrew Johns criticized an NRL ‘flawed’ salary cap system that put Adam Reynolds on the verge of leaving South Sydney to sign with a rival club.

The Rabbitohs have refused to offer their club captain anything other than a one-year contract, with the star half-back supposed to walk to Cronulla on a three-year, $ 2.4 million contract.

Reynolds has indicated his desire to stay at the club, and Johns called on the NRL to include a system in which the salaries of players who have worked at clubs for a long time do not count below the cap, allowing teams to retain players who have arrived in as juniors. .

“It’s a system that’s flawed. You have a local junior who’s played all of his football there, the last year or two on the salary cap shouldn’t even be on the cap,” Johns told Nine’s. Macca’s Golden Point.

“A player like him in the last two years, you should do your best. They talk about having testimonials from sportsmen, in the last two years, let them pay him what you want and it’s not okay. on the salary cap.

“That’s what the fans want, they want to see the players make it between the ages of 14 and 15 and they can see them make it through to the end. (Now) they lose them at the end of their careers, that’s not all just not good. “

Johns’ point was echoed by Cowboys legend Johnathan Thurston, who praised the 30-year-old for a “sublime” kicking performance against the Raiders that saw him achieve 7/7 on conversions from try and penalty goals.

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“I can’t believe he hasn’t signed for the Bunnies,” Thurston said.

“He’s a local junior who’s played all his football there, a premier-winning running back and he’s on the open market.

“I’m not too sure who they put through the junior system to participate, obviously at the moment Benji Marshall is playing exceptional football.”

Marshall enjoyed a great outing against the Raiders and was asked if he thinks Reynolds will stay at the club next season.

“I’m not too sure, that’s probably the million dollar question,” he replied.

“Footy is a weird place you can go anytime you want. I know the South Sydney supporters want him to stay and there is a lot of talk that he could move on, but whatever it happens, we have to succeed this season while we have it here.

“It’s good to play with Renno. He puts us in the right positions and gets the ball where we need it.

“He’s a really selfless player and he doesn’t go after big games all the time. He just creates space for his outside men like me, Cody and the guys on the outside and with direct and engaging defenders it makes it easier. very much our work. “

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