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Posted by: Steve_M
Date: 15/12/2019 11:09
Roger G
My particular question was did anyone know what has changed since the previous few seasons to bring the club under the cap this year ?

You're making the assumption that something has to change, based on your own assement of what they must be earning. However, although it's hard to know the truth without the full judgement being published, there were many press reports that the club hadn't breached the basic cap (plus academy, injury and international allowances), and that the only issue was these one-off investments. Presumably any accrual of these across contracts must've been taken into account otherwise subsequent contract extensions could have clouded the calculation of the fine somewhat. What is also never referred to by our critics is the retirement or release of some probable significant earners (e.g. Bosch, Burger).

I would suggest that players coming in pretty well balance out players going. But ...totally ignore what I think these players may be earning as that has no effect on my question.

If Sarries top players have not signed new contracts for this season then the same percentage of the investments will count this year as they did last year and the year previous, there is no such thing as a 'one-off', that is the whole point of averaging out payments across the length of a contract. Once these players sign new contracts things may be different.

By the way, thank you Roger and myleftboot for entering into a civil discussion of this.

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