RPA set up online free agents list
January 6, 2014
Will James believes the list will be a 'valuable service' for players © Getty Images
Rugby stars seeking new contacts can now promote themselves through an online shop window.
The virtual list of out-of-contract stars has been set up by the Rugby Players Association to help English-based players find a new professional club. It will list those players whose contracts come to an end at the end of the season and gives them the ability to upload their details to a secure server, which Aviva Premiership and RFU Championship bosses can access.
RPA chairman and Gloucester lock Will James said: "We believe this is yet another step in giving our members an enhanced opportunity to secure contracts for the coming season.
"Last year over 60 players did not have their contracts renewed for a variety of reasons, so we see this Free Agent List as a great shop window for clubs to approach players within the six-month window that started on January 1.
"This development has been well received by our members, so we hope this valuable service will be of significant use for all players who find themselves out of contract at the end of this season."
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