2022-04-22 07:44:00

Matty Johns has expressed his fears for the future of the NRL, with the divide between the competition’s elite and worst teams larger than ever.

One particular aspect of the game that is worrying Johns even further is the ability for top tier teams to re-sign some of the game’s best players for less than their market value, while lower-end clubs are unable to lure players away.

“I just don’t know how it’s going to level up in the next five years,” Johns said on SEN 1170.

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“We’ve got a situation at the moment where the best clubs are retaining their best players for less.

“The clubs that are struggling are having to pay a lot more for any sort of quality.

“It’s panic buying during COVID. Whatever is on the shelf, they (the weaker teams) just try to grab for whatever price.”


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Last season provided multiple examples of the gulf between the top and bottom teams.

In 2021, the winning margin of 18 points was the highest it has been in the 2000s and was blown out of the water in Round 16, when the average margin was just under 27 points.

While the beginning of the 2022 season has seen a number of upsets, Johns has signalled he can see the gulf widen.

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“You can see the divide start to happen now,” he said.

“I’m almost certain of seven teams that will be there in September.

“I think there’s nearly the rest of the competition that is fighting for one spot.”

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