This depends, if a player was on £600/week and the club was prepared to give him a £50 pay rise, but the player wanted £100, this is an overall increase of around 15% compared to last year, but the difference between what the team and player wanted to increase by is 100%.
Its tough to know where to stand, and I generally take these things with a pinch of salt as a) we don't know who the players were, b) we don't know what they earned last year and c) we don't know what they wanted this year
Depends what you call a “massive” pay rise. In Panthers eyes,IF it’s true at all and not just spin,they could view £100 a week as being massive. I’d be more concerned with the fact that there were players in that team who they actually wanted back !
My guess (and it’s only a guess Shaggy) is that it’s another dig at Robert Farmer. He’s seen Stevie Lee go so that makes Farmer think he’s suddenly more valuable and see £££ signs,he asks for a rise and Panthers won’t pay it,so Farmer departs and the club cite “massive pay rises” to try and deflect the blame for losing yet another Brit.
No brit in this league is worth 600 quid a week and that includes Dowd on BOC.
Unfortunately Pidge there’s probably about 15-20 of them in the EIHL on at least that much and even a few on double that or more. I bet Lacho’s on at least £600 a week,so is it any wonder some imports come over find out this stuff,look at a player like Lacho and want an increase the following year.