The LNR is considering the introduction of a loan system just before the August 1 deadline.
With clubs facing an increase in the number of injuries and unable to provide NSW or Queensland Cup reinforcements due to bubble regulations, the NRL will seek to approve an official loan scheme before the end of the week.
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The Roosters, for example, are incredibly short on the outside full backs with injuries to Brett Morris, Joseph Suaalii, Billy Smith and Matt Ikuvalu all sidelined for the remainder of the season.
“It’s a developing story and I expect it to intensify over the next few days,” David Riccio of the Daily Telegraph told NRL Tonight on Fox League.
“The NRL has had a phone connection with CEOs and football managers over the past 24 hours to discuss a situation that is becoming a growing problem for clubs – it’s their game stocks and their ability to field teams.
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“We are seeing clubs being stretched in terms of injuries and Covid, both personal and for bubble breaches.
What the NRL is considering is an internal transfer system for the remainder of the season. It would not include the finals and the grand finale.
“This means that club players can change immediately to fill in the gaps that are increasingly becoming an issue at some clubs, namely the Roosters, Warriors, Dragons and Sharks.”
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Last year the Storm and Tigers finalized a loan involving Harry Grant and Paul Momirovski, while earlier this month Warriors mainstay Jamayne Taunoa-Brown joined the Dragons.
The Warriors also brought in Daniel Alvaro and George Jennings last year when a number of players opted to stay in New Zealand.
Riccio revealed that under the new legislation, the two clubs can agree so that a player can make an immediate trade for a specified period – be it one game, two games, three games.
The player would then have to return to his former club before the final and, according to the proposal under consideration, he would have to return to his parent club if that club suffered more injuries.
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