Breakers likely to use Abercrombie as marquee
Here's the problem with the marquee player rule: calling it the marquee player rule... Breakers GM:
"There are two ways a club can use it - straight out for a marquee player and pay someone a lot of money; or use it to manage your cap a little. For us, the first year we'll do the latter. You've got to be financially responsible and justify paying way above the cap.True value comes in the luxury tax. A rich club like the Breakers can push above the cap with some trickle down to the poorer clubs. But it doesn't look like it will be used to sign a marquee player, at least this coming season.
"We're more likely at least initially to use it for someone like Tom [Abercrombie] to manage the total cap amount and make sure we have the best team possible. Then we'll see how that marquee player rule works for other clubs who might go after different players."
Clarke also notes that the league/clubs are keen to retain the points cap. Says that there are generally 64 jobs for AU/NZ players whether the points cap is there or not, and believes the parity it aims to bring is important. His comments on that are at the end of the article.