Graham opens up on NRL players’ ‘brutal’ wage cut negotiations


Tune into our new show Fox League Live on Channel 502 at 7am and 3pm every day.

Sharks skipper Wade Graham has opened up on the brutal negotiations between the clubs, the players and the NRL over pay cuts.

NRL players are expected to have to forgo 75 per cent of their wages for the remainder of the 2020 season as the game fights to survive the coronavirus crisis.

Watch Foxtel in an instant. Catch up and settle in with no installation & no lock-in contract. Sign up to all of Foxtel Now with a 10-day free trial. New customers only.

Walters: ‘I always wanted to commentate’

NRL: Kevin Walters tells Fox League Live that he always wanted to commentate and the moment he got to commentate his son playing in the NRL was one he will always remember.

Graham says the lack of clarity on when the suspension of the competition will be lifted is making the negotiations much tougher.

“It depends because there are so many different scenarios around,” Graham told Triple M’s The Rush Hour with MG.

“Do you base it off the worst case scenario that the season doesn’t start again? Are you looking at coming back November 1 preparing for another season?

“Do you base it off the fact that we might be able to kick the season off again and have some different form of revenue streams coming in?


UPDATES: Live updates on the NRL during the coronavirus pandemic

IKIN: NRL club seeks legal advice over whether it can stop paying players

AXED: Magic Round cancelled as NSWRL and QRL pull pin on statewide comps

BLUES: Origin might be up in the air but that hasn’t stopped us naming a team

“The fact that you can’t lock in on an actual scenario because the virus is affecting so many things, it is very complex and you need to have four or five different scenarios planned and accounted for before you can have any solid outcome.

“When you add in the 500 players as a collective, the 16 clubs as a collective and the NRL as a collective there are a lot of different parties that need to reach one conclusion.”

The classics are back! Vote for YOUR favourite throwback match below, and see it LIVE on Fox League 502.

Peter V’landys and Todd Greenberg have been locked in talks with the RLPA in a bid to reach an agreement on wage cuts.

Graham admitted the talks have been heated at times, but commended the players for their commitment to saving the game of rugby league in Australia.

“The players have had some pretty brutal conversations with each other as to what the reality is,” Graham said.

Wade Graham says the players are united to save the game.Source:News Corp Australia

“We are aligned and we are willing to take whatever it is to see the game survive and to make sure all the clubs are standing at the end of this tough period so we can continue on with the competition whatever it looks like then.

“We are not the only industry that is struggling. Pretty much the whole world is struggling at the moment so we are all in this together.

“My old man has just been laid off from his job as well, so we are all feeling the same pain here.

“We are just trying to get as much information as we can and when you sit down and represent a collective it is just hard to work out what the right process is to make it as fair as possible for everyone.”

Originally published asGraham opens up on NRL players’ ‘brutal’ wage cut negotiations

Source: Read Full Article


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here