The NRL will invite Club and State Chairs to meet next week to progress talks on a new funding model and constitutional change.

ARLC Chairman John Grant said today the Commission had always been determined to work with the clubs on a fair and sustainable funding model.

He said it was regrettable that talks this week stalled but the Commission is proposing a further meeting next week to progress talks.

Mr Grant said the Commission would:

• Update clubs on key issues affecting the funding model including salary cap assumptions, the rationale for a football department cap, the status of CBA negotiations and the NRL’s digital strategy

• Progress talks on an appropriate funding model for clubs and the whole of game

Mr Grant said the Commission was also open to discussions on constitutional reform and would begin the process immediately.

He said John Coates, a lawyer and one of Australia’s leading sports administrators, has been appointed to lead the project.

Mr Grant said the Commission shared the desire of clubs to achieve an early outcome on the outstanding issues.

“In our view the most important thing is to work together to come up with solutions which work for all parties,” he said.