Club angered as NRL queries deal

In doubt: Greg Inglis (right) and South Sydney coach John Lang arrive at training.
In doubt: Greg Inglis (right) and South Sydney coach John Lang arrive at training. Dean Lewis

THE South Sydney burrow is not a very happy place to be right now.

In a tersely-worded statement issued to The Coffs Coast Advocate yesterday, the Rabbitohs made it clear they are totally unimpressed by the shadow growing over their multi-million dollar deal with former Macksville Sea Eagle Greg Inglis.

“The South Sydney Rabbitohs are disappointed and disagree with the decision of the NRL to include some of Greg Inglis’ third-party agreements in the Club’s salary cap for the 2011 season,” the statement read.

“The Rabbitohs will assess their salary cap position as determined by the NRL’s Salary Cap Auditor today and make a decision on a path forward over the next seven days.

“The Rabbitohs will do everything they can to keep Greg Inglis in rugby league.”

The NRL advised the club they would not register the Inglis contract in its present form because of concerns over several third-party sponsorship deals.

Now the club is believed to be desperately trying to free up space in their cap and it appears that Beau Champion, Ben Lowe and Michael Crocker are the players on the hunt for new clubs.

The NRL claimed Souths had negotiated third-party payments for Inglis without the knowledge of his manager Allan Gainey.

Meanwhile, credible local sources have claimed Souths may still challenge the whole salary cap concept in court, a move (if successful) likely to change the face of the game as it moves toward the Independent Commission.