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NRL scrap Round 13 contract rule.

The NRL has today announced a change in the contract system that currently allows players to renege on newly signed contracts anytime before round 13. The change will allow players a “10 day cooling off period” on new contracts signed, before it becomes set in stone. Furthermore, clubs may only announce the signing of a player following the expiry of the ten day cooling off period.

The NRL administration have also made it possible for a player to sign a contract with a rival club during the last year of their current deal.

The rule change has come in response to a number of recent cases, highlighted more recently by the Daly Cherry-Evans issue in which he has signed with the Gold Coast but continues to mull over whether to pass the deal to remain with current club Manly Sea Eagles.

The rule also saw Parramatta Eels miss out on hard running Canberra forward Josh Papalli in 2013, while the Raiders then fell foul of the rule when Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco used the clause to stay with Wests Tigers last year.

With the rule being questioned by fans and clubs alike, the NRL has moved to put to rest the debate, and stop the get out clause.

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