Eels' salary cap consultant confident club will be compliant by Friday
The Parramatta Eels are confident they will be salary cap compliant before their NRL clash with the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday, according to consultant Ian Schubert.
Schubert reportedly met with NRL officials on Monday, with the club eager to start accruing competition points in front of their home fans at Pirtek Stadium.
The Eels had been stripped of all their competition points - 12 - and fined one million Australian dollars, with 250,000 AUD potentially suspended, after the NRL found Parramatta had breached the cap in five of the past six years, using a system designed to cheat.
However, Schubert confirmed the Eels are optimistic about becoming compliant in time for the weekend.
"The club's very confident we can get to where we need to be for this weekend," he told reporters.
"We've got a little bit of homework to do, throw some numbers up in the air and see what happens.
"Most certainly the club will be cap compliant. We'll have a full capacity on Friday night and we'll be playing for points."
Schubert said it was "exciting" to be on the other side of the spectrum after working for the NRL when the Melbourne Storm were stripped of two titles and unable to play for points back in 2010 due to a salary cap breach.
"I understand where the clubs come from and always did," he added.
"But, it's a matter of understanding where the NRL comes from as much the NRL's understanding of where the clubs come from and the difficulty of trying to manage the cap."