North Queensland Cowboys concerned delay in finalising salary cap may cost them Matt Scott

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North Queensland Cowboys officials are increasingly concerned delays in finalising a $5.85 million salary cap could rob them of star prop Matt Scott.


As revealed by The Daily Telegraph on Friday, the Maroons and Test forward is being chased by Parramatta and South Sydney on a deal likely to command about $600,000 a season.
North Queensland remain confident of keeping Scott. But with the mooted salary cap increase from $4.4 million yet to be officially ratified, the uncertainty is heightening concerns the club may lose the talented big man.


North Queensland remain confident of keeping Scott. But with the mooted salary cap increase from $4.4 million yet to be officially ratified, the uncertainty is heightening concerns the club may lose the talented big man.



The Cowboys are under an increasingly tight salary cap given the upgraded deals recently handed to Test bookend James Tamou and boom youngster Jason Taumalolo.
Captain and Kangaroos No.6 Johnathan Thurston is also off contract at the end of the season and, pending a cap rise, will break the $1 million-a-year barrier in his next deal.
The Cowboys spoke with league officials recently to clarify the position of the latest collective bargaining agreement, which the NRL confirmed was still pending final approval from the Rugby League Players' Association after last month's negotiations breakthrough.
While it's understood a $5.85 million cap is likely to be in place before the season starts, Cowboys football manager Peter Parr said the lack of certainty may aid poaching raids of cashed-up rivals, saying: "The financial component is the most important part of any deal."
Scott's manager Wayne Beavis didn't return calls on Friday and it's unlikely a decision on his future will be made before round one.

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