There are many NRL stars who are being left in limbo at present due to the nature of their salary cap.
The cap is set for an increase but negotiations are still on going with ex-Hull KR star Clint Newton at the centre of them as the president of the Players Association (RLPA).
With uncertainty over what the cap will look like in the future, club’s are not sure what financial packages they can feasibly offer to potential signings.
This is where former Super League target Marty Taupau comes on.
The former Manly Sea Eagles prop, who was once rumoured to be courting interest from Leeds Rhinos, has been pursued by Parramatta Eels for some time now.
Now four more clubs are chasing him resulting in a five club race for his signature according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
However, this is a race no one can win until Newton and the RLPA resolve the salary cap issues.
This is also why Penrith Panthers cannot make a final decision on the future of star player Stephen Crichton.
Meanwhile, other RLPA negotiations are threatening to tear apart the Panthers as Newton goes in search of an increased minimum wage from $80,000 to $150,000 which would undermine Penrith’s Premiership winning model.
The NRL is changing and having a massive impact on clubs and players alike.