Justin Morgan concerned over price rise for talent

Justin Morgan
Morgan says Crusaders' Super League exit will mean British players cost more

Hull Kingston Rovers coach Justin Morgan says Crusaders' decision to leave Super League next season will increase the cost of British players.

The Welsh franchise have special dispensation to have more overseas players than other teams.

Many of those players will not be available next season and Morgan fears the price of British talent will rise.

"Their value's increased by 25-30% because they know there are very few of them," he told BBC Radio Humberside.

"The majority of Crusaders' roster are overseas players that won't get another contract - maybe one or two might - so home-grown players' premiums will go through the roof."

Wakefield were believed to be favourites to lose their licence until the Wrexham-based side decided to withdraw their application less than 24 hours before the Rugby Football League announced the Super League licences for the next three years.

Morgan believes that if Trinity had been demoted to the Championship the scenario would have been different.

"If Wakefield left, a lot of their current playing roster are English based or Federation trained and they would have been spread out evenly amongst the competition.

"But the few Federation trained players that are at Crusaders are going to be at a premium, and likewise for the ones that are currently out of contract at Wakefield, so it's thrown the equilibrium of contracts and values of contracts into a huge disarray.

"It's something we're going to have to find a nice balance to, we're going to have to find some new players from somewhere."

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