Sponsors line up to be part of Crowe's Inglis deal
December 7, 2010
GREG INGLIS might end up with more than the four third-party deals being queried by NRL salary cap auditor Ian Schubert, with other companies understood to have expressed an interest in sponsoring the South Sydney-bound superstar.
Even as his future remains clouded by the NRL's reluctance to register the Rabbitohs' contract with Inglis - for $190,000 next season, $350,000 for the following two years as well as a car and a $100,000 marquee player allowance - the Herald has been told that more potential sponsors are keen to get involved with the 23-year-old Test centre.
Under the NRL salary cap rules, there is no limit on the amount players can earn through third-party deals with non-club sponsors, but Schubert is questioning whether Souths or co-owner Russell Crowe played any role in obtaining the four deals that will bolster Inglis's income by $200,000 per season.
The four sponsors involved have been asked to sign statutory declarations confirming that everything is above board and agree to further questioning by Schubert, and that documentation was being forwarded to the NRL yesterday.
But Souths officials remain concerned that Schubert has already made up his mind after reportedly telling people at a Sydney Roosters function last Friday that he was going to block the deal.
The Herald reported on Saturday that the NRL would not register Inglis's contract for significantly less than $300,000 under the salary cap, but the Rabbitohs maintain that his value averages out at that figure over the three years he has signed.
In another twist, Melbourne CEO Ron Gauci told the Herald yesterday that he understood Inglis had been given a notional value by Schubert and if Souths registered him for less than that amount, then the difference would have to go under the Storm's salary cap.
Should that happen, Gauci said the Storm would be forced to shed players to ensure the club did not again exceed the salary cap.
Gauci said the Storm would not release Inglis to join Souths until Schubert had handed down his assessment of the Rabbitohs contract and the club agreed to it.