THE Intrust Super Cup will implement a $500,000 salary cap for the 2019 season after the concept and figure was given the green light by powerbrokers.

A salary cap has been a prominent talking point in the Queensland state league for years and will be an extension on the maximum player payment system that was used this season.

Individual player payments were capped at $35,000 for 2018, plus an additional $5000 vocational and/or medical allowance.

A similar player rule will be carried forward but now with an overall cap per team.

The Queensland Rugby League will bring on a compliance officer to police contracts, though any team found to be spending more than the half-million dollar limit will be hit with a different form of penalty to fines or loss of competition points.

"Anyone that spends over that will lose the capacity to be able to apply for a sustainability fund which can be for facility upgrades or anything along those lines," said QRL manager of major competitions Dave Maiden.

"So it's a way to help the clubs that are not going to be able to spend that amount and help them to make sure that they are up to scratch in facilities and governance and human resources."

 

Tweed’s Kiah Cooper and Burleigh’s Henare Wells contest a kick in an ISC local derby last month. Picture: SMP Images
Tweed’s Kiah Cooper and Burleigh’s Henare Wells contest a kick in an ISC local derby last month. Picture: SMP Images

 

Clubs such as Redcliffe and Townsville are well-known to sit at the top end of the resource spectrum, while the battlers tag falls to the likes of Tweed Heads.

However, Maiden stressed the system is not about punishing successful teams but rather protecting the long-term future of clubs.

"They have done the planning and the foresight to put themselves in the position that they are in now so we don't want to restrict that," he said.

"We want our clubs to aspire to be able to spend that money and we certainly want to encourage them to be able to get up to that standard.

 

Dave Maiden (right) in 2015.
Dave Maiden (right) in 2015.

 

"Do we need a salary cap for player equalisation? No we don't, we have had 12 different winners in 15 years.

"What we do need it for is the financial sustainability and viability of our clubs down the track.

"We're mindful that it is a two-way street: We have got to look after the players and we have got to look after the clubs.

"There's more and more demands on the players in our competition so we understand that they need to be paid accordingly but our clubs still can't sustain that so we need to make sure that we put a limit on it."