Nrl.com STATE COMPETITIONS IN 2018 The ARL Commission has approved the implementation of 16 team NSW and QLD State Competitions from 2018, replacing the National Youth Competition after next season. This is part of a new pathway program for elite #NRL players. “The new model is designed to provide a clearer pathway for elite junior players aiming to play in the NRL,” NRL Head of Football Brian Canavan. “We believe this is the best way to expand the game in the short term – and create a sustainable competition structure for the long term.” “We have been concerned for some time about the welfare issues affecting many young players struggling to cope with the pressures of the NYC. “This model will enable more juniors to stay at home, rather than having to move away from their families, to play Rugby League." Under the proposed new model: > The NRL is working with the RLPA to increase the number of players that clubs can include in their full time squad. Those who fail to make the final NRL squad will return to play in the State Cup. > Salary limitations for State Cup and the State Youth Cup are also being discussed with the RLPA.