27 Nov 2012

Eels want to breach NRL salary cap to sign Folau says report

6:10 am on 27 November 2012

Parramatta reportedly want to deliberately break the National Rugby League salary cap in order to sign Israel Folau and have asked the ARL Commission for permission to do so.

The Eels have put in a special request to the game's governing body to exceed the $6 million cap by $500,000 so they can fit the AFL convert onto their books, according to News Ltd.

The Eels' cap would then be reduced by $500,000 the following season.

Over the two seasons Parramatta would spend the same amount on players as each of the other 15 NRL clubs are allowed.

Parramatta claim they have been open in their intentions to sign Folau, but it is unlikely such a radical proposal in regard to bending the cap rules would go down well with other NRL clubs.

Rugby league authorities have taken a tough stance on salary-cap cheating - including stripping Melbourne of their 2007 and 2009 premiership titles - and decimating the Bulldogs' season in 2002.

If the proposal is rejected Parramatta will need to shed $400,000 of player talent before former international Folau can take the field for them in 2013.