This is one of the things that pisses Paul Kent off. One of the few things. Cough, cough.Hey Sup,
The cap isn't the reason teams dominate!! It is the inability to enforce the cap that sees teams dominate! The allowance of 3rd party deals is a joke!. Tacitly implying you buy a side as long as the official reigstraion/contract is inside of the allowable cap space is laughable. Then it seems 3rd party deal limit's are based on how much cash Nick has... why the fuck have a cap as it has become meaningless. thus...Tedesco, Tupou, Morris, Morris, Manu, Keary, etc etc.....
All the glamour clubs find it easy to have players who have 3rd Party Deals so, yep, they can, hand on Bible, say all their players payments do fit under the NRL's Salary Cap and the NRL will back them up on that. Those 3rd Party Deals - which, officially, the club knows nothing about as they're between the respective player/player management and the 3rd Party in question - are not included and it's not made pubic how much they're worth. There's a huge, massive hole right there.
Some could say it's an advantage that, in theory, the Warriors have - 30 players ready for 3rd Party deals to have them advertise such-and-such to The Team Of 5 Million ( (c) J Ardern 2020). But they don't/can't take advantage of it.