The Newcastle Knights have not been invited to a meeting of NRL clubs at which next year's salary cap will be discussed.

REALISTIC: Newcastle Knights chief executive Matt Gidley.
REALISTIC: Newcastle Knights chief executive Matt Gidley.

KNIGHTS chief executive Matt Gidley says the club has taken no offence after being snubbed for a dinner next week at which rival clubs will discuss the NRL’s proposal to impose a $9.2 million salary cap next season.

A host of influential officials from clubs such as the Roosters, Cronulla, Canterbury, Cronulla, Penrith, Canberra and Parramatta have been invited to a Sydney restaurant on Monday – along with NRL CEO Todd Greenberg – at which the main fare will be trying to convince the governing body to increase the cap to at least $9.5 million.

The Knights, who have been conservative in their spending estimates for next season, have publicly stated that a $9.2 million cap is their preferred outcome.

For that reason, Gidley said the lack of an invitation was understandable.

“We don’t have an issue with not being invited,’’ Gidley said.

“I think everyone knows our position with the salary cap so I’m not surprised.’’


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