New player points cap gives edge to Group 10 clubs developing their juniors

CHANGE: Group 10 chairman Linore Zamparini said the new point system would help clubs develop talent from within like that of former NRL player Daniel Mortimer.
CHANGE: Group 10 chairman Linore Zamparini said the new point system would help clubs develop talent from within like that of former NRL player Daniel Mortimer.

A new player points system being introduced to rugby league competitions across the state has been praised by the Group 10 boss.

The NSWRL will next season introduce a Player Points Index System (PPIS) across regional and metropolitan open age competitions which it hopes will encourage former NRL stars to give back to the communities that kickstarted their careers.

Group 10 chairman Linore Zamparini said it would also help clubs develop talent from within.

"The clubs have to look after their junior base and if they've got a good junior base, then another club can't just come over and pick the cream out of it," he said.

"The other thing is, if they bring in an NRL player from the outside it won't cost a real lot of points. It encourages everyone to progress their juniors through and hang on to them as locals."

The PPIS includes a Notional Principal Contracts Allowance for former NRL stars to have their points recalculated to a notional value as their return has a positive impact on the club, competition and community.

NSWRL head of football Robert Lowrie highlighted an Orange player as a good example of how this system could have a positive impact.

"A prominent example of a local junior incentive would be former Parramatta Eels five-eighth Daniel Mortimer, who played almost 150 NRL games including the 2009 Grand Final and is now captain-coach of Orange CYMS," Lowrie said.

"As Daniel came through the junior ranks at CYMS club, he would be considered a zero-point player in recognition of his development."

There will be a sliding scale points system based on ladder position from the previous season, with first place allocated 75 per cent of the maximum points, 80 per cent for second, 85 per cent for third, 90 per cent for fourth, 95 per cent for fifth and 100 per cent for sixth to tenth place. The maximum amount of points a Group 10 club can have is 100.

"Not every club will be on the hundred points," Zamparini added.

"It's about managing your players and your points.

"We only probably had one or two clubs that pushed the boundaries on points, so I think the points that have come out will be achievable and right across the board it will be a good thing in the end and let the smaller clubs and communities grow."

The system also has allowances for clubs in smaller populated towns, like Nyngan Tigers in Group 11.

"It all comes back to survival. If you don't nurture your juniors then you don't have a club," Zamparini said.

"If those juniors don't come through and get developed then you have to bring in people from outside and it's going to cost you a lot more and a lot more points."