W-League salary dramas as NYL draw is releasedPosted: October 18, 2016
Reports emerged today that some of Brisbane’s players had been asked to take accept revised contracts, after agreeing to a more lucrative deals in recent weeks.
The reports indicate that up to 14 players had been asked to take a pay cut, and one player had been told they were not required for the upcoming season.
The alleged issues stem back to former Managing Director Daniel Cobb, who reportedly offered deals to several players, including National Team trio Katrina Gorry, Tameka Butt and Clare Polkinghorne.
The new contracts, which are reported to be up 40% lower than those agreed by Cobb, will amount to savings of $45,000.
Current Managing Director Mark Kingsman issued a response to the claims this afternoon saying that the Roar would be close to the W-League salary cap of 150,000 this season, and had improved conditions with enhanced medical staff and player welfare amongst the improvements.
Im not really sure what’s going on here, but this does seem a bit of a strange way to go about creating savings, and hopefully all of this is sorted out well before the start of the 2016-17 W-League season on November 11 when Brisbane host Sydney FC.
If you’re looking for more information on the situation, Ann Odong has taken an in depth look at the Brisbane situation and W-League salary cap generally. Here’s the link
Meanwhile the 2016-17 National Youth League –NYL- draw has been released with Brisbane starting the campaign at home to Melbourne Victory on November 12 at a yet to be determined venue.
The 10 round competition, which was won last season by Sydney FC is divided into two conferences which sees the four New South Wales clubs + FFA Centre of Excellence in one Conference and the five non NSW clubs in the other.
Teams will play the four other sides in their conference both home and away, with two byes thrown in and the top team in each conference will then play in a Grand Final on January 29th.
While Brisbane have regularly been amongst the contenders in the Youth League, they’ve never managed to lift the silverware or qualify for the Grand Final, with last season amongst the closest they’ve come after they missed out on the Conference A Premiership after finishing second to Adelaide United.
The NYL, which was reduced in length due to travel costs ahead of last season’s edition, is now a supplementary competition for the youth side, whose main season is now in the winter as part of the NPL Queensland.
The Young Roar side is currently on a break following their commitments in the 2016 NPL Queensland set-up, and it’s likely that there will be some changes to the playing group before the NYL kicks off. We’ll bring you news on those changes if and when they’re announced.