I'm all for transparency, but like it or not, Kestleman owns the league and runs it as he sees fit.
The problem with "transparency" is that you publish something, and people expect that to be written in stone, then scream when it chances. As a general rule, that's fine, but the league is clearly in a very dynamic stage and LK & JL are doing what they think is in the best interests of the league.
It sucks that Sydney got the only NS last season, and now have had the guidelines moved for them, but frankly I am more critical of Other teams for not getting into this.
Why haven't the Cats used their contacts and reputation to sign a NS??
If they think there is no advantage in it, then I can't really complain about the rules.
Not having too much transparency has allowed them to manage the transition, including benefiting the Wildcats, so I can't really complain.