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Posted by: Duncan96
Date: 19/12/2019 16:27
I think that is a superb set of questions Nick.
I would only object to one part. In my opinion NW and the other directors backing of Wolfpack Lager, Tiki Tonga Coffee and George Kruis/Dominic Day's Medicinal Cannabis business etc is as admirable as anything any director of any Sporting club has ever done and should be a model for all professional Rugby clubs.

I have no truck with those who say ex Rugby players should just get a job, and the idea that players should not be helped to set up businesses before their career ends is offensive to me. It's not easy for sportsmen to transition to "normal" life. Indeed its often the cause of mental problems and if starting a business helps that, as Alistair Hargreaves has said it does, then who are we non players to say it should not be helped if that is what a player wants to do.

Therefore, business loans should be allowable and not count as salary (as they do at present) provided they are on arms length terms and pre cleared. Those two conditions would have ruled out the loans to the investment companies which I'm still baffled as to why those involved thought they would not come a cropper with.

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