NRL to put an end to NFL trials

By Mark St John
December 9, 2016

PLAYERS trialing for NFL teams while under contract with the NRL is set to be outlawed by the governing body.

NRL CEOs met on Wednesday and one of the items on the agenda was prohibiting players trialing with the NFL.

Club bosses stressed a desire to insert a clause in the standard NRL player contract that prevents players trying their hand at NFL in particular.

Such clauses already exist in relation to players trialing or promoting AFL or rugby union while under contract with an NRL team and clubs want that extended to the NFL.

“The clubs have made it clear that they don’t want their players going to another code, including NFL, and risking serious injury,” NRL CEO Todd Greenberg told News Corp.

“That is a view the NRL shares, we don’t support players going off to play with or promote other codes.”

No such clause regarding the NFL existed previously because there was no precedent.

However after Jarryd Hayne’s successful switch and Jason Taumalolo and Valentine Holmes’ trials this off season the game has made moves to protect itself and theĀ clubs from rival poaching from the NFL.

The proposed new clause would prohibit any player from trialing or promoting another sport including the NFL while under contract with an NRL club and players would risk not being allowed back in the game if they broke these rules.