NRL boss’ threat for salary cap cheats
NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg has insisted Cronulla is salary cap compliant for 2018 - and has absolute confidence the 2018 NRL finals series will not be compromised.
A dark cloud will hang over the NRL's finals series after it was revealed Cronulla are being investigated for historical third-party discrepancies in 2015 and 2017.
The Sharks confirmed on Tuesday night they'd self-reported issues that date back to 2015, which were first spotted by new chief executive Barry Russell earlier this year.
According to a News Corp Australia report, the NRL has also seized a number of servers from the club to help with inquiries.
Greenberg told reporters on Wednesday the Sharks' salary cap investigation is focused on a much-smaller breach than recent scandals surrounding Manly, Parramatta and Melbourne.
"It's not a scale that we've seen before," Greenberg said.
"It's not a systematic style that we've seen at Parramatta."
He also promised to catch any club that acts outside of the NRL salary cap.
However, both the Sharks and the league were insistent there were no concerns over any breaches for this season less than two weeks out from Cronulla entering the playoffs.
"This is a historical issue, we are currently salary cap compliant for the 2018 season having passed our mid-season salary cap review," the Sharks said in a statement.
"The Sharks self-reported to the NRL and asked for their assistance in investigating this matter.
"The club is fully cooperating with the NRL Integrity Unit, allowing them access to any information they require to complete their investigation. "The discrepancies occurred under previous club management." According to the report, the initial concern appears to be around $250,000, however there is still a chance that could grow.
Crucially, the club won its maiden premiership in 2016 but it's not believed the initial breaches are bad enough to threaten that.
However, the club has faced a battle since then to retain a number of their grand-final winning stars as they feel the pinch of their rising values. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the NRL also confirmed the Sharks had asked the integrity unit to make the inquiries.
"Those inquiries are ongoing so we are not in a position to comment further at this stage," he said.
"However, based on the information available, the Sharks and all other clubs are salary cap compliant for 2018."
- with AAP