Leicester Tigers chairman Peter Tom is confident the Aviva Premiership salary cap is set for an increase next season due to the BT broadcast deal.
Tom, who has been opposed to the cap since its inception, watched his side edge past the big-spending Toulouse in the Heineken Cup Pools.
And he believes the gap between the English and French club's financial budget is set to decrease.
"I have never been in favour of the salary cap and I am still not," he told the Leicester Mercury.
"I understand why it is there. Lots of people say it provides a service but it's up to the (Premier Rugby) board to decide what is carried.
"We are entering into a period where a new deal has just been done with the English players and BT have signed a good deal with English clubs, so I would be very surprised if we don't see the salary cap move up.
"And I would be surprised if it didn't happen next year."