Gallen confident of working out a deal on $6.5m salary cap

ON Tuesday, all the talk centred on NRL officials not wanting to budge on a desired salary cap increase from the players for 2013.

Yesterday, however, the Rugby League Players Association and the ARL Commission heralded the progress on their talks regarding the preparation of next year's Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Sharks captain Paul Gallen emerged from the latest round of talks confident a new salary cap of $6.5 million, increased from the current $5 million, could possibly be reached as soon as Christmas.

"The NRL came back with a pretty good offer today. It's not where we want to be, but it's certainly not too far off," he said. "Things are moving forward ... we're not too concerned about the date when we get a final answer. Hopefully before Christmas."

Interim NRL CEO Shane Mattiske praised the RLPA for their positivity in the discussions, and strongly denied there was any conflict between players and the ARL Commission.

In more good news, the NRL yesterday announced a new $100 million deal over five years with Telstra.

Games will be broadcast live on mobile phone and tablet devices, regardless of the carrier.

The NRL will also create a fulltime digital media unit, employing its own journalists to report on games and issues, just like the AFL



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