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Moylan 'filthy' after salary limit leaves him unable to bite Tigers

"I was pretty filthy and disappointed": Penrith's Matt Moylan.

"I was pretty filthy and disappointed": Penrith's Matt Moylan. Photo: Getty Images

Penrith fullback Matt Moylan was ''pretty filthy and disappointed'' to be denied the opportunity to play in the NRL this week due to salary cap restrictions he said he could not understand.

Moylan, who is not part of Penrith's 25-man NRL squad, has been made the poster boy for alleged inadequacies in the second-tier salary cap.

After he played five matches for the Panthers - making his debut during an injury crisis - the team was forced to drop him because an injured player, Wes Naiqama, was available to return. So instead of playing against Wests Tigers at Centrebet Stadium on Sunday, he was in Parkes, playing for Windsor against Newtown.

"I never thought it'd come to this. But there's not much I can do": Matt Moylan pictured playing for the Windsor Wolves.

"I never thought it'd come to this. But there's not much I can do": Matt Moylan pictured playing for the Windsor Wolves. Photo: Getty Images

Having trained with the Panthers all week, Moylan said he was told he could not play on Friday afternoon. He then had to pack to leave for Parkes the next morning to play for the NSW Cup side.

''I was pretty filthy and disappointed,'' Moylan said after playing in Parkes. ''I never thought it'd come to this. But there's not much I can do … All I can do is just play footy and hope it gets sorted.''

Moylan's short-term future in first grade is now in doubt. If the Panthers do not suffer any more injuries in their back line for the remainder of this season, and the current restrictions continue to apply, Moylan will not be able to play for the Panthers, even though he played a key role in the squad's climb back into the top eight after four wins from five matches.

''I didn't know this could happen,'' Moylan said.

Moylan, who earns less than half the NRL minimum wage of $75,000, will be denied the chance to earn $3000 match payments while he is sidelined from the NRL. He is now only ''hopeful'' that his first-grade career will not be stalled until next season.

Moylan's Windsor side suffered a 26-22 loss to Newtown, while the Panthers suffered just their second defeat in the past six matches, a 20- 18 loss to the Tigers. Penrith coach Ivan Cleary said he was still hopeful Moylan would be available for the Panthers' next match, against Canberra on Saturday.

''I don't see what's so hard about it,'' Cleary said. ''I don't think this is actually that hard to fix. I suppose if you were going to fix it, which I'm confident the NRL will, they just have to get to the bottom of how everything works … This is so unfortunate. It's sort of embarrassing, quite frankly.

''It's not like we're trying to pick a school team and throw in someone … I think anyone who looks at this situation with Matt, from a commonsense point of view, would know what the right answer is.''

22 comments so far

  • Penrith knew the rules at the start of the season and they're really not that confusing. Poor team mamagment and communication with the player.

    Date and time
    June 10, 2013, 7:06AM
    • Agreed. I'd say that a simple stuff up by the Panthers management has been blown out of proportion. Me thinks Gould stuffed up and won't be man enough to wear it on the chin so is using SMH as his excuse sounding board. Even if you agree or disagree with the salary cap they are rules that all teams have to follow. If rules are bent or relaxed then every team will use the last team as a precedent and either teams will complain they are being hard done by or the salary cap will become a farce. To keep the competition interesting the solution is simple but as the NFL and AFL use it the NRL never will! Use a DRAFT system. How about an article on how a draft system would work in the NRL Mr Gould?

      A draft solution
      Date and time
      June 10, 2013, 2:55PM
    • Panthers management is trying to wedge the NRL in to allowing more flexibility into contracts. Penrith are changing there roster and in doing so are breaking a rule that is basically there to stop clubs from getting rid of bad contracts by sending a guy to reserves they don't need and/or want.
      Draft systems are so 30 years ago. Treating young men like cattle simply because they have a passion for sport is a terrible idea. I think most league fans get sick of hearing thinly veiled pro AFL ideas.
      Finally I am a panthers fan who took work off to watch the game. When i heard that Moylan was out I knew I would regret it. That was a tough lose to take and personally i felt Penrith probably would have won if he played because he is that good.

      Date and time
      June 10, 2013, 6:04PM
    • Well the NBA uses a draft system with a form of salary cap (luxury tax). A team may spend over the allotted cap but has to pay a very expensive tax in doing so. Yes, that can favour some teams like the Lakers but all have opted against it thus far as the tax is substantial. Maybe the NRL needs to look into doing the same. Richer clubs like the Broncos may be able to increase their wage bill for a while but if success is not delivered then the whole thing will blow up in their face whilst the draft system will allow other teams to build for the future. If this whole thing were to succeed the Jersey Fleg comp in its present form will have to be revamped without clubs being involved. Instead the NSW and QLD Cups would be where the draft comes from.

      Date and time
      June 10, 2013, 10:03PM
  • Typical...lousy but typical of the NRL and their useless management.The salary cap is not there to keep the so called playing field level.It's there so the owners of clubs don't have to pay a fair price for their labour.

    If you think that's wrong then simply look at the inbalance between what was paid for the media rights this year compared to last year year then factor that against the increase in wages.

    Why can't the NRL do what the AFL snd Cricket Australia the Players a percentage of the take?Now watch the NRL apologists come out and tell me...I don't know the "big picture".

    Well newsflash...I am pretty sure you don't possess all the facts either but I can see when something is blatantly wrong and unfair.You don't need to be Einstein to open your eyes and look.

    For the record...I am not a Penrith Fan!!!

    Manon DeEdge
    Date and time
    June 10, 2013, 8:14AM
    • Can you say this in English !

      It's very easy and you seem to have made things complicated.

      If he was that good, he should have been in the top 25 squad players. He wasn't and Penrith, like all other teams knew the rules, regarding 2nd tier players.

      See... it's easy !!!

      Stephen R
      Date and time
      June 10, 2013, 10:54AM
  • Sorry guys but if he is that important to your team he should have been picked in the 25 to start with. Blame the squad selectors not the system.

    Tony P
    Date and time
    June 10, 2013, 8:42AM
    • So my team wants to bring in a talented young player outside of the salary cap and the NRL says no? shock horror.
      Tigers are doing it worse than Panthers and don't seem to be trying to cheat to get around their injuries.
      Shift players to different positions, put Wes back in the team or break his legs if you don't want him, but there are rules for a reason, and it's why the NRL is one of the most open competitions in the world.

      Date and time
      June 10, 2013, 11:38AM
      • How are they trying to cheat? What a ridiculous accusation. Not once have they done anything outside of the rules. You'll find that the Panthers have actually had the same amount of injuries as the Tigers and the rule in question is actually NOT doing what it is supposed to do - i.e. preventing the clubs from having an excessively strong second grade AND a strong first grade. They don't want both caps maxed out and clubs having an unfair advantage. At what point could anyone say the Panthers have an unfair advantage? It's a restriction of trade and refusing clubs the ability to practice organic development. With the money in their first tier salary cap, the Panthers could pick up a strong first-grader mid season and it would be above board, yet they can't play their own junior. You think that's okay? You're kidding yourself, mate.

        Date and time
        June 10, 2013, 6:51PM
      • I'm not saying they are TRYING to cheat, but each team has a limited number of players, and when you need cover for injuries it's okay, but once the injured player is back, that player goes back to the lower grades. Why complain about that? since he wasn't considered good enough to be in the 25 man squad to start with, he just has to wait to next year, unless another player is let go or injured.
        Tigers are using players when needed and when they aren't they'll go back to lower grades the same as any club has done in the past without complaint.
        And if you don't like this restriction of trade go watch European football where 2 or 3 teams win 90% of the titles. No thanks, I like that since 2000 we have had 9 different winners.

        Date and time
        June 10, 2013, 8:04PM

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