The Bulldogs have lodged an appeal after the NRL included a chunk of Josh Jackson‘s wage in the club’s salary cap, Canterbury boss Phil Gould has revealed.
Nine’s Danny Weidler reported on 100% Footy on Monday night that the NRL had inserted a portion of Jackson’s pay into the Dogs’ salary cap despite the fact he had retired from his playing career.
Jackson remains at the Dogs as a strength-and-conditioning coach, a role he set himself up for by studying a bachelor’s degree in exercise science during his playing career.
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“I believe that the NRL has put a few hundred thousand, maybe $200,000, of Josh Jackson’s wage into the Bulldogs’ salary cap,” Weidler said on 100% Footy.
“I’m sure that the top dog (Gould) will not want to talk about salary caps and what’s going on behind the scenes, but I believe that’s to be the case.”
When 100% Footy co-panellist Gould was invited to reply, Canterbury’s general manager of football was blunt.
“It’s a stupid rule, we’ve appealed it and they haven’t responded, as well,” Gould said.
“We’ll leave it there.”
When pressed again, Gould said the NRL had made a host of “ridiculous” competition-wide decisions.
Jackson stunned the rugby league world when he announced his retirement at the age of 31 in October last year.
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The former Blues State of Origin forward had a year to run on his Dogs contract, having signed a three-year extension after the 2019 season.
He played every one of his 241 NRL games with the Dogs in a career that spanned 2012 to 2022.
He was a member of Canterbury’s 2012 and 2014 grand final teams and replaced James Graham as captain ahead of the 2018 season.
Jackson played nine State of Origin games and made two Test appearances for Australia.
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