THE Rugby Football League have joined forces with the 12 Super League clubs to look at reducing the overseas quota.
They plan to work on radical new proposals to limit the number of overseas players and actively promote the production of young Great Britain-qualified players.
The clubs received proposals at their latest meeting in Huddersfield to gradually reduce the number of overseas players over the next three years, while requiring each club to produce a minimum of 20 per cent of its first-team squad from its own Academy.
The new regulations would extend the provision of the existing overseas quota to include `Kolpak' players and EU passport holders.
They are based upon similar provisions in UEFA's home federation-produced rules.
The RFL's chief operating officer Nigel Wood said: "There has been a long-standing objective to encourage the production of more players qualified to play for Great Britain, and these proposals are similar to those being pursued by UEFA.
"All the Super League clubs were absolutely supportive of the principles to the point where adoption of the rules may take place at the next meeting in March rather than wait for the annual regulatory meeting this June."
At the same meeting, revised salary cap proposals were tabled, which would remove from the cap all players not in a club's first-team squad and mean that all clubs are required to stay within the salary cap spending limits throughout all the year.
Wood continued: "We still have some work to do in this area but we hope to have a salary cap system in 2008 that is preventative rather than retrospective and which substantially gives all clubs the ability to invest in the production of junior talent."