The NRL will inevitably move to ban agents from simultaneously representing both players and coaches.
Roy Masters is a Sports Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald
When an NRL player and his manager appear before COO Nick Weeks, on a charge of breaching behavioural rules, many of them play the mental health card.
Three NRL clubs made a profit in 2015 and only two last year, raising the question whether the Broncos will be the sole team to finish the 2017 season in the black.
It's not unusual for a football manager at a club to receive two "please explain" letters from NRL headquarters at the same time.
When Nick Weeks won the University Medal in Law, he said "it opened a few doors".
NRL club presidents and their chief executives have essentially swapped roles. Whereas presidents were once almost anonymous, often former players and elected on a yearly basis, they now rival the coach as front man of the club
When the NRL club presidents and the two state representatives walk into Friday's AGM of the ARLC, they will be in broad agreement on three issues – constitutional change is dead; NRL clubs will receive 130 per cent of the salary cap in funding and John Grant has another year as commission chair.
NRL clubs are engaged in an arms race, spending money on their football departments far in excess of their income.
The crucial question asked by rebelling NRL clubs - where has the money gone? - was answered at Rugby League Central on Monday when financial reports for 2016 were revealed.
The NSWRL and its independent chairman, George Peponis, are in a catch-22 position if the state body proceeds with its plan to nominate him to the ARLC.