Warrington become latest Super League club to agree pay cuts with their players

Warrington have become the latest club to agree pay cut terms with its players as Super League confirmed its new schedule for the 2020 season.

The Challenge Cup holders are the eighth club to reach an agreement with their squad ahead of the August 2 restart date for the competition.

It comes after extensive negotiations between the Wolves, its players and the GMB union.

Chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick said: “During the consultation process the players and staff have had full sight of the club’s financial position.

“They fully understand and support the need for the salary adjustments to continue.

“During this process, they acknowledged the incredible commitment we are witnessing from our supporters, partners and directors, they wanted to play their part too.

“As well as speaking directly with every player we encouraged them to engage with the GMB during this process.

“They did so via Garreth Carvell who was helpful to all parties throughout these discussions.”

GMB representative Carvell is now confident that the remaining four clubs – Castleford, Salford, Wakefield and Wigan – will agree to their terms before the end of the week with the fixtures now set.

The first three weekends will be played as triple headers as single venues, with every match in August televised on Sky Sports.

The schedule becomes significantly more demanding for players towards the end of the season, with midweek matches set in the hopes that some crowds will be allowed back in stadiums by then.

Toronto – who have still to resolve their visa issue with overseas players – have confirmed they will not stage any matches in Canada this year, but Catalans will host matches in Perpignan after August.

The Grand Final will be at the end of November with the date and venue to be finalised.

Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone said: “It hasn’t been an easy process.

“We have needed the buy-in of our clubs and support from Sky Sports and we’re delighted all parties have pulled together to allow us to announce our fixtures and provide the focus for the remainder of the 2020 season.”

The major remaining issue for the sport remains the Challenge Cup, which has had four weekends set aside for it.

Five of the last 16 are Championship and League One clubs, with those competitions still unsure whether they will be able to play again in 2020.

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