The future of World Cup star lies in the hands of former Hull KR star

The NRL has been rocked by uncertainty for a long time in a situation that threatened to break into a civil war with a rebel league.

As the competition looks to strike a deal which will secure the future for the next centre according to Chairman of the ARL Peter V’Landys, there has been plenty of disputes.

A civil war was even threatened with clubs threatening to form a break away rebel league from the NRL.

Now things are progressing and at the heart of them is the Players Association (RLPA) and their discussions over what the salary cap should be to secure players’ futures.

The president of the RLPA is former Hull KR star Clint Newton who was at the club when they secured their highest ever Super League finish of fourth in 2009.

According to Phil Rothfield of the Daily Telegraph, Newton is close to securing an agreement with regards to the salary cap which will hugely impact the NRL’s future.

“Last Friday at NRL headquarters Clint Newton and the RLPA, three clubs and the NRL executives got together and made considerable progress,” he said on the Big Sports Breakfast.

“From the people I spoke to inside that meeting I’m very hopeful it will be solved this week.”

However, in the days that have followed these comments, there has been very little progression in this area with Fox League confirming that there s still no decision on the salary cap or indeed minimum wage in the NRL implying that that will remain the case for the coming days and weeks.

This is set to hugely impact one transfer saga in particular that being of World Cup star Stephen Crichton according to Fox League.

The man who broke English hearts in the World Cup is approaching the end of his deal with NRL champions Penrith but a deal cannot be finalised until the cap is revealed with Penrith spending big to keep the likes of Brian To’o, Liam Martin and of course Nathan Cleary at the club.

So, the future of Crichton may lay in the hands of Newton.

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