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Mark McCall and Edward Griffiths combined this week to drop the latest bombshell in the salary saga that is dominating the Premiership season, with Saracens set for a player exodus in order to comply with regulations this season.
The reigning Premiership champions find themselves bottom of the table and 18 points adrift of safety after receiving a 35-point penalty and £5.36m fine for breaching the salary cap between the 2015/16 and 2018/19 seasons.
The club have been keen to draw a line under the situation and move on in the hope of clawing their way back into the relegation fight, but the arrival of interim chief executive Griffiths brought with it the startling yet hardly unsurprising revelation that current squad members will be needed to move on immediately in order for the club to comply with this season’s salary audit, which takes places at the end of the campaign.
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With star full-back Liam Williams the leading candidate to make a swift departure – largely due to his agreed summer move to Scarlets and the fact that Saracens will save £230,000 on the year’s salary bill if he doesn’t play this season – and others such as Callum Clark, Michael Rhodes, Alex Lewington and Juan Figallo reported to be following the Wales international out of the door, the 2020/21 squad will have a very different look about it from this year’s defending champions.
There is also speculation that the claim of Saracens’ England contingent being safe at the club does not spread to George Krui
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