“Took 30 minutes and cost me $80.”
One of the largest problems facing Rugby League for the past decade has been teams exceeding the salary cap limit. Introduced in 1990 to level the playing field, the salary cap places a ceiling on how much clubs can spend on players. Yet in the last five years alone, St George, the Titans, the Eels, Canberra, the Bulldogs, and Manly have all been in breach, causing massive headaches for the game. That is until a diehard league fan – Thommo Madigan (32) from Queensland – discovered an ingenious plan.
“Yeah, I was down the shops in Gladstone the other day and saw a picture of the great Darren Lockyer on a stall in the middle of centre. Naturally, I stopped to worship and give thanks, and that’s when I noticed he was the face of something called ITP.”
Reading the name out slowly, Thommo got ‘Income’ and ‘Tax’ on the first go, but needed three attempts at sounding out ‘Professionals’, before the penny dropped. Upon making the realisation that this was an accounting firm, Thommo booked an appointment to help rectify this ongoing problem in the game.
“I can’t believe how easy it was. I told him how much the salary cap for each club is – $9.6 million as everyone knows – and the pencil pusher bloke was able to use this thing called a ‘cal-cu-later’ (well done, Thommo) to add up numbers to see if each team was above or below the salary cap. Took 30 minutes and cost me $80.”
Well chuffed with himself, Thommo has already emailed NRL CEOs that there are these people called ‘accountants’ who can add up numbers so teams don’t get in trouble. He even attached the Gladstone ITP blokes name and contact number.
As he awaits a response, Thommo is confident that there will no longer be a single salary cap breach thanks to this amazing discovery of using an accountant to crunch some numbers. On behalf of league fans everywhere, thanks Thommo.