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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Wests Tigers seek salary cap relief to cover loss of Liam Fulton

Brad Walter Wests Tigers may be granted salary cap relief to sign another player as backrower Liam Fulton considers whether to hang up the boots due to a series of concussions suffered this year.

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NRL investigates Brisbane Broncos for alleged salary cap breach

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Brad Walter and Phil Lutton Third-party deals with Brisbane players worth up to $500,000 are being investigated by the NRL after the Broncos reported concerns of a possible salary cap breach.

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NRL: Radical salary cap proposal mooted to stop drain

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Brad Walter The NRL is considering assisting clubs to recruit players from outside the competition - even if they can't fit them in their salary cap.

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Cashed-up NRL to review salary cap arrangements

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Brad Walter The NRL increased its profit tenfold last season to $50 million. At Monday's annual general meeting, it will outline plans as to how the money will be used to enhance the game.

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League

Cowboys play the percentages with salary cap

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Brad Walter Kangaroos stars Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and James Tamou are to be offered a percentage of North Queensland's salary cap in their next contracts due to the uncertainty about how high it will be.

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Players seek salary cap rise as union talks continue

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Brad Walter NRL players want the salary cap for next season to be more than the $5 million ceiling agreed to by clubs and the ARL Commission and are also seeking a five-year collective bargaining agreement.

Wounded Tigers scramble for salary-cap clearance for promising youngsters

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Brad Walter Wests Tigers' bid to give boom halfback Luke Brooks his NRL debut against Parramatta on Friday night might have hit another hurdle, with the club also needing a second-tier salary cap exemption for...

Club bosses set sights on $5m minimum for salary cap

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Brad Walter THE NRL salary cap is set to rise to $5 million next season after a meeting of club chief executives yesterday agreed that was the figure they would work on when signing players.

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Tigers deny they've got salary cap trouble

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis Wests Tigers officials insist the decision to release utility back Mitch Brown to the Bulldogs was unrelated to a meeting they had last Friday with NRL salary cap auditor Ian Schubert.

Tigers say starting spot, not salary cap, behind Brown move to Dogs

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis WESTS Tigers officials insist the decision to release utility back Mitch Brown to the Bulldogs was unrelated to a meeting they had last Friday with NRL salary cap auditor Ian Schubert.

NRL considers funding all junior development in a major revamp of the game's pathways

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Brad Walter and Michael Chammas The NRL may fund all junior development across the game under a major revamp of pathways that could see the under 20s National Youth Competition scrapped and the introduction of a rookie draft.

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Obeid family members wanted to become directors of Parramatta Eels

Keen on the Eels: Eddie Obeid.

Adrian Proszenko, Kate McClymont and Brad Walter Parramatta officials were in talks with the Obeids about the prospect of some family members becoming Eels directors prior to patriarch Eddie being found guilty of corruption by the ICAC.

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Gold Coast Titans overhaul as coach John Cartwright and founder Michael Searle step down

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Brad Walter Titans founder Michael Searle and the only man to have coached the club, John Cartwright, have stood down from their roles in a bid to help ensure Gold Coast’s long-term viability.

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Trent Hodkinson's terrific try up there with John Aloisi's goal at the field of dreams

Trent Hodkinson celebrates the only try of the second State of Origin match.

Brad Walter It’s over. NSW’s 6-4 victory in Origin II was far from pretty but Trent Hodkinson’s winning try is set to be remembered alongside John Aloisi’s goal against Uruguay as the greatest post-Olympic...

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Winning Starts Monday

St George Illawarra Dragons' bid for Wayne Bennett may rely on NRL's own money

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Brad Walter If Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett returns to St George Illawarra next season, some will question whether the NRL has been outbid by their own money.

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'Wayne Bennett clause' could cap spending on NRL coaches

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Brad Walter The NRL is considering a salary cap for football department spending in a move that may impact on the amount of money clubs can pay big-name coaches such as Wayne Bennett.

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State of Origin scheduling: Six questions for six experts

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Brad Walter State of Origin is the pinnacle of the game and every match just keeps getting bigger, but each year the calls for changes to the scheduling grow louder.

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Andrew Fifita asks NRL to investigate breakdown of Canterbury deal

Calls for investigation: Sharks prop Andrew Fifita.

Adrian Proszenko, Brad Walter, Daniel Lane and Michael Carayannis Andrew Fifita's management team has asked the NRL to investigate why his multi-million-dollar contract with Canterbury failed to come to fruition as it emerged that the Test prop knew the deal was on...

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Andrew Fifita mulls switch to rugby union

Andrew Fifita of the Sharks watches from the sideline last weekend.

Brad Walter Test prop Andrew Fifita is eyeing a switch to rugby union after pulling out of a $3.2 million, four-year deal to join Canterbury that would have made him the highest paid front-rower in the game.

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The Fifita effect: Collapse of Bulldogs deal pricks NRL transfer bubble

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Brad Walter The collapse of Andrew Fifita's deal with Canterbury has returned balance to the transfer market and highlighted why players' contract details should be listed publicly.

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