A points decision: Group 10’s player cap system revealed

INTERNATIONAL players will be worth 12 points and NRL stars seven in Group 10’s new points-based cap system designed to help safeguard the “longevity and sustainability” of the game’s clubs.

Group 10 president Linore Zamparini yesterday revealed the exact weighting of players on show for the 2014 season in a 26-page document, with each premier league team allocated 21 points for the upcoming season.

Developed following months of consultation between Group 10 officials and the CRL, Zamparini was confident the new system would help clubs balance the nurturing of juniors and the recruitment of bush football stars.

“We’ve brought it in basically to help manage the longevity and sustainability of the clubs,” he said.

“It won’t impact our group too much really. There’s always clubs that bring in players and that’s alright. Now, when group players or Western Division players or players from Sydney come out, clubs have to manage it a bit better.”

Under the system implemented, points range from none to 12.

No points are allocated for players returning to their junior club, while any player transferring clubs with less than six first grade games experience is also worth zero points.

If a player remains at a club for three consecutive years, he too will be worth zero points.

The cost begins to kick in when clubs start hunting experienced players.

Group representatives are worth three, while divisional players four.

Sydney experience will set a club back four points, while CRL representatives are worth five.

NRL or Super League players are worth seven, while in the unlikely event a State or Origin or international enters the open market, the points attached will be 10 and 12 respectively for any interested party.

Captain-coaches receive a 50 per cent downgrade on points value.

For CYMS, back in 2010 when Michael Sullivan signed on to be captain-coach, the former Canterbury and Cronulla rake would have cost the club 3.5 points after the captain-coach allowance kicks in.

Given 2014 will be his fifth year at the club, Sullivan will cost the green and golds zero points.

Tim Mortimer for Hawks, with NSW Cup experience in 2011, would have set the two blues back two points.

New clubs to the competition - in this case Blayney for 2014 and 2015 - receive a 50 per cent allowance on their cap their first three years back, with the Bears boasting 30.5 points to spend.

“I think it’s a really good thing for the group,” Zamparini added.

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