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ARLC chairman Peter Vlands is set to scrap the controversial Aug. 1 deadline for signatures, returning it to the original date before changing it in 2020.

The deadline was initially moved from June 30 due to the impact of Covid-19, with stranded teams in Queensland scrambling to fill their rosters without reserve players ready to plug holes.

In the year In 2022, clubs capitalized on the August 1 deadline to “want” their lists, according to NRL360 co-host Paul Kent, who is “sad” the NRL didn’t predict the chaos to come.

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There have been a number of late moves, including the roster signings of Matt Lodge and Oliver Gildart and the Storm’s acquisition of David Nofoaluma — moves that are unlikely next year.

“I spoke to Peter Vlandis before we went on air … Peter was good enough for this late move until August 1,” The Daily Telegraph’s Buzz Rothfield said on NRL360.

“What will he do next year, take it to the commission, take it to June 30.

“A very wise move would stop Nofoaluma from going to Melbourne late, Lodge to the roster late, Gildart too.

“It was only introduced last year because of Covid, because a lot of teams were stuck in Queensland and desperately had to get players late.”

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Kent said he believed the NRL’s ban on mid-term deals was “part of the magic of this competition” and Wielands’ potential move was a “win for common sense”.

“It’s all about winning for common sense. It had to happen. I’m sad that it was allowed to happen this year. I think it’s an oversight that they allowed it to happen,” Kent said.

“The reality is that this is wrong for a number of reasons. This August 1st deadline will allow teams to make adjustments to their rosters.”

“Part of the appeal of the game is your 30-man roster gets you through the season, and the desire and persistence to finish the season and reach the finals at a good level of fitness.

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“If for whatever reason you can’t do that… so be it, but that’s part of the magic of this tournament.”

The NRL360 panel also discussed the impact of the mid-season hunt on clubs at different stages of the season.

Relegating players to lower teams frees up space to be used elsewhere and gives stars the chance to gain experience under different coaches, which can teach different lessons.

The competition’s elite can also fill holes in their squads – but for those competing for the last eight in the middle, mid-season transfers will hurt them.

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With clubs like the Raiders and Sea Eagles fighting for a top-eight finish, the top four will continue to grow stronger, unable to attract star players but unable to loan anyone out.

“For a game based on ethnicity, it cheapens that whole concept because of what weak clubs say to their fans,” said Fox League’s James Hooper.

“The strongest clubs are sitting back and knowing that the deadline is approaching, they are not getting anything.

“Look at the storm, how many players have gone from Reese Walsh to Adam Douhy… the list goes on.

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This may not sit well with clubs below the level.

“For those middle groups … they don’t get any benefit, and I believe they’re actually hurt by it because they can’t troubleshoot,” Kent said.

“The midfield teams are not attracting players and they are not sending players out on loan because it is so tight that they need all hands on deck.

“The impact would have been, basically, to go from the bottom four and strengthen the top four teams who have the ability to pick and target their best players.”

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