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“Funding is getting less” – Worrying times for Super League stars

It is a vital time for rugby league.

IMG are re-imagining the sport and the sport’s TV deals are yet to be decided.

Sky Sports, Viaplay and Channel 4’s deals with the sport expire this year.

This means funding is a problem for Super League clubs which has emphasised the difficulty for players to tie up contracts.

This is something Liam Watts has underlined:

“The squads are getting smaller, the funding’s getting less. Obviously, teams are wanting to spend less money on the cap because obviously they don’t know what’s happening with the TV deals.

“So, you’re more or less forced into a funnel where you’re getting a load of lads that are probably coming up to retirement age, probably 33, 34, 35, 36, wherever it may be. You’re left on the edge hanging. I

“t’s not a nice predicament to be in at all, but that’s just the way that the game is, isn’t it? It chews you up and spits you out.

“I feel for Josh Griffin, obviously he’s playing for a contract as well and now he’s missed seven games. It’s crazy, but what can you do? That’s the disciplinary for you, that’s how it’s ruled and that’s what you’ve got to deal with.

“Like I said, I’ve been having sleepless nights trying to wrap my brain on which way I want to go with it. I’ve just completely put that to the back of my mind.

“Obviously, I’m still contracted to Cas. This is where I want to finish and play well. Like I said, if I have to finish my time here and go elsewhere, I just hope that the last remaining games that I do do myself justice and finish on a high. That’s my first and foremost priority at the minute.

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