General Club, not players at fault

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By Dale Budge

Upon announcing that they would fight the loss of four 2006 competition points, the Warriors are making it clear that management and not players are at fault for the recent salary cap breaches.

Speculation in media on both sides of the Tasman recently has pointed to discrepancies in the contracts of star players Steve Price and Ruben Wiki but the club was refusing to lay any blame on the individual players and was happy to accept full responsibility of any wrong-doing.

"Clearly from the club's management point of view today, the players and the arrangements entered into is not an issue," Director of Football John Hart told media at Ericsson Stadium on Wednesday.

"They have entered into contracts and arrangements with the club and could assume that there were no salary cap issues.

"I want to be clear on that.

"This is not an issue for the players, it is the club that needs to take responsibility for any salary cap breaches," Hart added.

Hart and the Chairman of the Warriors board Maurice Kidd announced a plan to challenge the NRL over the punishment handed down by the NRL for breaching the salary cap in the last two seasons.

The club argues that being stripped of four competition points in year they have not been over the salary cap is unfair.

They are happy to cop the financial penalty ($A430,000) for breaking the rules in previous seasons under different management however,

Hart acknowledges that the NRL needs to take a hard line on salary cap breaches but still thinks the loss of points is unfair.

"We will still be appealing the severity of that sentence.

"We will be making submissions in response to the NRL breach notice."
 

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