NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle said transfer fees and windows would be considered for players seeking a compassionate release as part of a review of the salary cap system.
Some of the biggest stars in the game - including Ben Barba and Anthony Milford - are agitating for a release from their current clubs on compassionate grounds.
The issue is a sensitive one for the clubs and individuals involved because, under the current rules, the holding club is likely to be severely disadvantaged should they part with one of their most prized assets.
While Canberra and NSW three-quarter Blake Ferguson hasn't officially asked for a release, the Raiders feared he was trying to wriggle out of his contract to link with cousin Anthony Mundine.
Sacked Raiders stars Todd Carney and Josh Dugan have come back to haunt them after kicking on with their careers elsewhere.
Both players have reached Origin level after being picked up by Cronulla and St George Illawarra respectively.
Doyle, who is heading up a steering committee to review the cap along with ARLC head of football Todd Greenberg, said the possibility of adversely affected clubs being paid compensation was being investigated.
"It's something we've talked about as part of the whole salary cap review," Doyle said.
"We talked about all the things that have happened over the last few years that we need to consider. Not necessarily change, but we need to consider it under the new review.
"That's things like transfer fees and things like windows.
"So if a player does want to break contract there are certain windows for that to happen as long as both club and player accept the contract change.
"And [we'll look] then if a player goes from one club to another during their contract whether there should be any compensation."
The ARLC has employed consultant Andrew Fraser to help review the salary cap systems used by major sporting competitions worldwide with a view to modernising the NRL system. Marquee-player allowances, ARU-style top-up payments and other systems from across the globe will be considered.
The controversial second-tier cap, which has prevented several promising players from making their first-grade debuts in 2013, is likely to get a radical shake-up.
Doyle said that every cap-related issue that had affected the game in recent years would be taken into account in formulating the new system.
"Everything that has come up, such as long-term injuries to [Jharal] Yow Yeh, that needs to be considered as part of it," Doyle said.
"Anything that has come up over the last few years needs to be thrown into the mix for any new system. Does [any proposal] take into account the situation, or is it an anomaly that sits at the side?"
One of those potential anomalies is the issue of Chris Sandow. The Parramatta playmaker is battling gambling issues that have affected him on and off the field.
Though the Eels have publicly backed him to return to the NRL, there are concerns he isn't in a headspace to play first grade.
Asked if salary cap relief could be given to clubs in Parramatta's situation in the future, Doyle said: "They become much harder. You ask yourself what relief could you give.
"Player transferring or long-term injuries where you are out for a season, there is no grey area, it's black or white.
"What you want to avoid is grey areas - how do you prove it, who is the expert you call upon to say yes or no?
"It makes it much harder."