Super League clubs vote in marquee player rule

After a lengthy debate, Super League clubs have finally decided in favour of introducing a marquee player rule.

Super League clubs have voted in favour of introducing a marquee player rule from 2016.

The proposal had previously been rejected three times, but received the green light in Wednesday's latest vote.

Under the rule, teams will be able to sign one player whose salary will be at least partially exempt from the salary cap.

"I would like to congratulate the clubs on both their foresight in approving the marquee player proposal and for the mature and responsible way in which they have reached their decision," Super League chief executive Nigel Wood said.

"The clubs recognise that the salary cap continues to have an important regulatory function and the marquee player allowance provides a level of flexibility that will benefit both Super League and the wider sport.

"The ability to recruit one marquee player each will enable the clubs to enhance the talent pool within a competition which has a proud record of developing outstanding world class talent."

A statement from Super League elaborated on the rule: "Under the terms of the salary cap rule amendment, clubs will be entitled to sign one marquee player who will have a notional value on their salary cap register of either £100,000 if club trained or £175,000 if non-club trained.

"Clubs will only be allowed to sign a marquee player if they meet clearly-defined affordability criteria based around their income and expenditure."

Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash, who initially proposed the idea, reacted on Twitter, writing: "Fantastic day for SL. The marquee player rule got voted through."