Point plan rocks BRL
BUNDABERG Rugby League has been presented with a proposal for a new point system designed to even the playing field between the competition's six teams.
The proposed system has been modelled upon restrictions introduced in New South Wales' Central Coast Division which limit rugby league clubs sourcing outside talent from higher divisions.
Local proponents of the system claim it will be the BRL's saving grace and will even the playing field in the local competition.
They have touted it as the answer to one-sided scorelines, vanishing spectator numbers at Salter Oval and claim it will force clubs to invest more in their junior programs to foster and retain emerging talent.
The Bundaberg Rugby League has been presented with a working model which has been formulated in a similar vein as the NRL's salary cap system.
Under the model, each team would be allocated a fixed amount of points at the beginning of the season to procure the services of outside players.
Footballers who have served their state and region in representative commitments would attract a higher premium of points than regular first-grade players.
Players who have risen through a club's junior ranks before their first-grade debut would attract no points.
New recruits would be allocated points on a sliding scale system after the first year of their tenure, detracting less points from their club's total for each additional year they stay on.
Proponents of the system have refused to reveal the exact point allocations for premium players, stating that it is only a working model and would be revised after discussion with club delegates.
The controversial proposal was discussed in a heated unofficial meeting between club delegates in Childers on Sunday night.
It is understood a delegate from one club said its first-grade team would consider playing in another competition if the system was introduced.
Outgoing BRL president Mal Breen refused to comment and said it would be up to the new committee after the association's annual meeting next month.
An independently chaired meeting will be held at Bundaberg Rugby League headquarters at Salter Oval next Thursday, starting 6.30pm.