13 May, 2016 14:45
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT
An initial investigation into the Parramatta Eels salary cap scandal has found the NRL club to be about $570,000 in excess of the cap.
The retirement of Anthony Watmough and the scrapping of both Ryan Morgan and Nathan Peats has ensured Parramatta is now compliant, but both fans, players and executives can’t understand why this has happened in the first place.
“What we have found is that hiring former footballers to run a professional sport franchise is probably not the best way to go” said club CEO Scott Boulos.
“Especially when most of them have no experience in the roles we give them,”
“I’m pretty much the only bloke in this building that hasn’t actually played for Parramatta, and I’d be out of a job in a second if Peter Sterling decided he wanted to be CEO”
As is tradition in professional rugby league, the moment a star footballer retires from playing, they are automatically placed into a bizarre off-field role within their club.
A good example of this can be seen in Alfie Langer, who is currently working as the groundskeeper for the Brisbane Broncos training facilities in Red Hill, or Matt King, who is now a receptionist at South Sydney juniors.
Boulos says it has the entire club baffled as to how Nathan Hindmarsh was unable to keep the club’s books in order.
“Hindy seemed like a pretty good candidate for the club accountant role when we first hired him,”
“But, yeah, he’s kind of dropped the ball here. We might have to shuffle him over to the media side of things”
With the club now advertising job opportunities for “real accountants” through SEEK, the saga that is Parramatta’s salary cap scandal is almost over.
A media release issued by the NRL on Thursday afternoon confirmed the Eels are now salary cap compliant.