Ex-Hull KR star helps stall top NRL’s club’s transfer business

As negotiations persist over the future of the NRL salary cap it is causing clubs endless problems.

It has left Josh Mansour and Marty Taupau in limbo which could see Super League clubs pounce.

Now NRL Champions Penrith have been clear in the fact that their ability to sign players has been undone by this as former Hull KR star Clint Newton and the heads of the ARL over the future of the NRL and the salary cap.

As Newton chases an increased cap and minimum wage Matt Cameron has explained the struggles to the Daily Telegraph.

“At the moment we only have 26 players for this coming year so we still have to sign another two players but I’m reluctant to do anything until I know what the salary cap is,” Cameron said.

“We need some clarification to move ahead.”

He also spoke about the future of star player Stephen Crichton:

“With respect to Stephen, our goal is to do everything we can to keep our best kids here at Penrith,” Cameron said.

“We want to keep every local junior who is progressing into the first grade squad at our club for as long as we can. That is what we are working towards.

“But it is getting harder. And not just with Stephen. Every player in our squad is getting better and deserves more money. Jarome (Luai), Dylan (Edwards) and Isaah (Yeo) come off contract after 2024. That’s just us as a club moving forward.”

He was clear that they wouldn’t allow him to leave early:

“No way. We have had no indication of that and we have been pretty strong in the past with situations like this,” Cameron said.

“We’d like to think players finish out the season at the club that they’re at.

“We haven’t shown an interest previously for letting players go early unless it suits the Penrith Panthers and in this case I don’t think it does.”

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