I’m not thrilled by all of these loans - I hate the idea of clubs routinely bringing in players for half a season.
The league has enough problems in creating attachment due to the player merry-go-round and the general transience of the guys on the field, without having major signings that don’t even stay long enough to move out of a hotel.
I have no idea about what Reza would demand, but I’m pretty sure that a free-agent Maclaren would be asking for (and probably getting) marquee money in this league; and I wouldn’t think that either of those guys would sign an actual contract for the scraps left inside the cap.
I’ve got a suspicion that these loans aren’t actually due a lack of free-agents (or players who’d be released by their clubs if requested) as much as it is clubs increasingly recognising and exploiting that loans are still a bit of a cap loophole; that is, for a given amount of cap you can attract far better players under the loan rules than as a proper signing.
If that is indeed the case (and it’s hard to know because the detailed cap rules aren’t really published anywhere, probably so that FFA can fudge them as desired) then it’s something that needs to be changed.