Aviva Premiership
Tom Youngs backs the salary cap
ESPN Staff
January 3, 2015
Tom Youngs wants the Premiership to keep the salary cap © Getty Images

Leicester and England hooker Tom Youngs has backed the salary cap and has highlighted the Top 14 as a cautionary tale when it comes to contract security.

Saracens CEO Ed Griffiths called for the abolishment of the salary cap towards the end of 2014 claiming they had the support of seven Aviva Premiership clubs. As yet, no one has come forward to support Griffiths' wish for an end to financial restraints on how much clubs can spend on players and Youngs hopes the league continues to have a cap on wages.

"I agree with the salary cap," Youngs told the Guardian. "It has helped make the Premiership the outstanding tournament it is and is good for the game. It needs to keep increasing so that clubs can grow their squads and have more players to call on during what is a long season to help offset injuries, but it has to stay.

"The majority of matches in the league are tight, nail-biting affairs and that is because the best players are not concentrated in a few clubs but spread around. Crowds are packing our grounds and everyone looks forward to the game at the end of the week. I really enjoy being part of it and you have to be careful what you wish for: when you look at France it is hard to keep up with all the comings and goings. The cap gives us stability in England."

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