Super League clubs vote for salary cap rise with a view to attracting top players

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Super League clubs have given their backing for an increase of the salary cap as part of plans to try and bring the best rugby league talent to the competition.

Teams voted in favour of a salary-cap rise from 1.825million in each of the next three years and to be set at £2.1m by the 2020 season.

They also gave their support to proposals to increase the number of marquee players for each club from one to two and backed the idea of making players who return to the sport exempt from the salary cap.

Some players under the age of 21 would also be exempt from the salary cap under changes that clubs voted for on Wednesday.

The Rugby Football League (RFL) Board will meet in Manchester on Thursday to consider the proposals, which would come in from next year.

RFL chief commercial officer and Super League executive director Roger Draper said: "We have had a fantastic start to the 2017 Betfred Super League season with some incredible action on the field.

"Attendances and viewing figures are up on last year and the decision to support the proposals today is another significant positive result for the Super League.

"The clubs asked the Rugby Football League to put forward a set of proposals that would help them retain and attract the best players to the competition and we believe that when you consider all the them together, these changes could make a significant difference to helping clubs attract and retain the best talent in this league and that is something we all are determined to do going forward."