2022 NRL Rich List

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Jesse Bromwich is the highest paid prop in the game with the front-rower leading a clear attitude shift over how much props should be paid.
In a game-changer for the code, the front-row position is now the highest-paid position in the NRL.
The second highest-paid prop is Roosters recruit Matt Lodge on $900,000. A portion of his current salary is being paid by former clubs, the Warriors and Broncos.
From the Rich 100, 26 of the top-earners are front-rowers.
The next best grossing position across the NRL is back rowers (15) and locks (14).
Halfbacks (10) are ranked fourth overall for position in the 2022 Rich 100, a possible insight into the dearth of quality halves currently in the NRL.
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Jesse Bromwich is on a massive $1.05 million. Picture: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images
Bromwich’s $1.05 million salary with the Melbourne Storm will shock league fans, who routinely rate Penrith’s James Fisher-Harris, Eels prop Junior Paulo, Broncos spearhead Payne Haas or Roosters powerhouse Jared Waerea-Hargreaves as the best go-forward merchant in the NRL.
Climbing from a 53rd ranking on the Rich 100 last year to be 13th overall this year, Bromwich has hit pay dirt in his final year in Melbourne on the back of a stellar career at the Storm which has included three premierships and three Player of the Year awards.

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The Kiwi International and Storm captain is edging closer to 300 first grade games in what is his final season in Victoria before moving north to become an inaugural franchise player with The Dolphins.
The 33-year-old will take a major pay cut to join the NRL’s newest baby, but could still figure inside the top-50 highest-paid players next year.

James Fisher-Harris is on a good wicket. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty Images
The stunning increase in salaries for props is in direct contrast from a long-held view of supercoach Wayne Bennett, who historically refused to spend big-money in his pack.
Lodge has landed at the Roosters for the remainder of this season on a cut-price deal, although his full salary continues to be supplemented by payouts from both the Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors, the latter of whom have paid him out in full for next season.
Lodge is hoping to earn an extension with the Roosters.
A mainstay of the Rich 100, the next highest-paid prop is Andrew Fifita, who will farewell the list at the end of this season.
The off-contract Sharks prop is in the final year of a five-year contract that is valued at $850,000 a season.

Andrew Fifita is in the final year of a big deal. Picture: Matt King/Getty
His current overall ranking of 19 on the Rich 100, is shared with fellow front-rower Addin Fonua-Blake.
The Warriors scored a coup when they managed to get Fonua-Blake from Manly for the 2021 season.
He was already one of the game’s premier props when he arrived at the Warriors and he continues to lead from the front for a side that has faced plenty of recent adversity.
Locked in until the end of 2026, Fonua-Blake’s challenge will be delivering upon his worth at the back-end of his contract.
Knights prop David Klemmer is the next highest-paid prop. He is ranked 28th overall on the Rich 100 on a salary of $850,000.


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102

Francis Molo​

Dragons

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
St George Illawarra snuck under the guard of a host of teams by signing Molo before a ball had been kicked last year for three years. He went on to play two Origin games for Queensland in 2021. Has been solid for the Dragons.
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101

Corey Oates​

Broncos

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: 87
Still among Brisbane’s highest-paid players despite a rollercoaster past 12 months that saw him dumped to the Queensland Cup. But Oates has fought back this season with the best form of his career, sparking the ultimate reward with a State of Origin recall for the Suncorp decider. The 27-year-old Oates remains off-contract and he faces a pay cut on his next deal to remain at Red Hill.
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100

Cameron McInnes​

Sharks

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: 81
Dragons fans still can’t get their heads around this one. In his first season of a four-year deal at bitter rivals the Sharks after being let go by St George Illawarra, the relentless forward has delivered his worth so far for Cronulla, particularly off the back of a knee reconstruction that ruined his entire 2021 season at the Dragons.
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99

Josh McGuire​

Dragons

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: 51
Warrington-bound McGuire takes his place on the Rich 100 for the final time as his long NRL career comes to an end. The Cowboys are still chipping in part of McGuire’s wage who, despite still contributing as a solid first grader, has fallen below the game’s best.
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98

Shaun Johnson​

Warriors

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: 29
One of the biggest fallers in the Rich 100, Johnson’s salary has gone down $300,000 since his final year in Cronulla. However, his return to the Warriors this season hasn’t gone smoothly. Johnson has looked a shadow of the player who once one of the game’s biggest stars. He still has a year to run on his deal but, at 31, his future will be closely scrutinised.
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97

Jackson Hastings​

Tigers

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Returned in the off-season from almost four years in England and has been a fixture in the Tigers side this season, generally in the halves but more recently at lock. He kicked a match winning field goal to sink Parramatta in Round 6. Has one year remaining on his deal and has already been linked with a move elsewhere as the Tigers juggle their halves dilemma with Adam Doueihi and Luke Brooks both on the books.
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96

Dane Gagai​

Knights

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: 35
Gagai opted to return to Newcastle this season after rejecting a one-year contract extension at South Sydney and a three-year deal from the Broncos. He had an unsteady start to the State of Origin series for Queensland but came alive in the decider as the Maroons won back the shield. An elite-level centre, Gagai is valued correctly by the Knights recruitment staff at half a million dollars.
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95

Blayke Brailey​

Sharks

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
An outstanding talent who couldn’t be far away from playing State of Origin. Boasting one of the best dummy-half passes in the game, Brailey can kick and run, which has repeatedly proven damaging this season. Locked in at Cronulla until the end of the 2026 season, the 23-year-old is seen as a big part of Craig Fitzgibbon’s Sharks rebuild.
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94

Corey Allan​

Bulldogs

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Without doubt one of the worst buys in NRL history, if not certainly Canterbury’s. The fullback, wing or centre moved from South Sydney to Belmore in 2021 on a huge deal, which has earned himself a spot in the Rich 100 and backfired horrendously. Allan scored three tries in 21 games last season, while this year he has managed just three NRL games with the remainder of his football being played in the NSW Cup (14 games). Allan remains on his huge contract with the Dogs until the end of 2023.
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93

Josh Addo-Carr​

Bulldogs

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Moved to the Bulldogs from Melbourne this year on the promise of the biggest deal of his career, earning his first appearance in the Rich 100. Has added potency to the Canterbury backline, but also on-field leadership given his premiership-winning and State of Origin experience. His salary — highly paid for a winger — has proven justifiable so far, but time will tell if years two and three are as bankable.
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92

Victor Radley​

Roosters

$510,000​

2021 Ranking: 90
Having recently pledged his representative future to England, Radley has turned his back on the NSW Blues and the chance to earn big dollars in coming years through State of Origin payments. He is more than likely to make up for it with his earning at the Roosters. At 24, and with his current deal expiring at the end of 2023, his best years are ahead of him.
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91

David Nofoaluma​

Storm

$510,000​

2021 Ranking: 83
Before his loan move to Melbourne, Nofoaluma was having a mixed season for the Tigers, showing glimpses of his best but also finding himself out of the side. In previous years, he has been one of their most consistent and loyal performers and has been paid as such. At 28, he still has three years left on his rich Tigers deal but, despite that, his future remains unclear.
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90

Apisai Koroisau​

Panthers

$510,000​

2021 Ranking: 95
Entering the final year of his Penrith contract before he moves to the Wests Tigers next season on a two-year deal (with a mutual option for a third season) that will make him one of the best-paid hookers in the game. Turns 30 in November, having usurped Damien Cook as the starting NSW State of Origin No.9.
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89

Waqa Blake​

Eels

$510,000​

2021 Ranking: 85
Hindered by an MCL knee injury this season, the damaging outside back has struggled so far in 2022. Used as both a winger and centre, Blake has the physique and talent to be a greater threat for the Eels than what he is showcasing.
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88

Moses Suli​

Dragons

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
The Dragons chased Suli hard for a number of years and finally landed their man. The Sea Eagles are chipping in a small part of his wage as he enters the Rich 100 for the first time. Joined the Dragons on a three-year deal.
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87

Joe Ofahengaue​

Tigers

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: 63
Made the move from Brisbane last year and there have been mixed reviews about his performance at the Tigers. Was a State of Origin player but hasn’t been able to replicate that form in recent times. Despite that, he remains one of the club’s highest-paid players.
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86

Isaac Liu​

Titans

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
The veteran prop rockets up the salary list after his off-season move to the Titans from the Roosters. The Titans outlaid $1.6 million for Liu over three years and the 31-year-old needs to lift his game after an uninspiring debut season at Parkwood. Liu won two premierships at the Roosters but has yet to convince he is value for money on the Glitter Strip.
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85

Jack Hetherington​

Bulldogs

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
In his first appearance on the rich list, Hetherington moved to the Dogs to play under ex-coach Trent Barrett on a big wicket, which has proven fruitless due to a season-ending injury. The hard-running forward will be removed from the Dogs books from November 1 having signed a three-year deal with Newcastle from 2023.
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84

Coen Hess​

Cowboys

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: 94
The former Queensland Origin young gun has been the quiet achiever in the rise of the Cowboys this season. Critics questioned his pay packet last season but Hess has delivered good value for money this season under new coach Todd Payten, who has simplified the back-rower’s game with his shift to the front row. At 25, Hess has matured nicely.
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83

Kurt Capewell​

Broncos

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Another shrewd off-season purchase for the Broncos, who have benefited from Capewell’s professionalism not only on the field, but off it. The Queensland Origin back-rower drives standards at Broncos training and it’s no surprise Brisbane have become a tougher unit with his premiership-winning know-how. One of the best value buys in the NRL.
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82

Matt Burton​

Bulldogs

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
First appearance in the Rich 100. Undeniably the key to the Bulldogs win-loss ratio in 2022, the gifted five-eighth has, at times, carried the side on his shoulders. The big issue for Canterbury will be holding onto the attacking weapon as Burton can negotiate with rival clubs from November 1. Expect him to be asking around $800,000 for his next deal.
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81

AJ Brimson​

Titans

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Brimson is on the rise after inking a monster five-year extension last year with the Titans worth $3 million. The 23-year-old broke into the Queensland Origin ranks in 2020 and while he has battled injuries, at his best Brimson is one of the most exciting attacking fullbacks in the game. The Titans road-tested him at five-eighth this season but he appears best suited to a roaming role in the No.1 jumper.
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80

Jayden Brailey​

Knights

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
A tough and skilful hooker, Brailey’s impact on the field in 2022 has been derailed by an Achilles injury suffered in the pre-season. Named co-captain of the Knights, Brailey’s work-ethic and training standards are why the Knights are paying slightly overs for the dummy-half, which has elevated him into the Rich 100.
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79

Jack Bird​

Dragons

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: 15
Drops significantly down the list after his mega-Broncos deal expired last season where he was paid by Brisbane and the Dragons. Has taken a whopping $400,000 pay cut but was rewarded with a new two-year deal from next season. Has shown his durability since joining the Dragons last season.
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78

Adam Doueihi​

Tigers

$560,000​

2021 Ranking: 68
Arguably the Tigers best player, Doueihi is also one of their best paid. Recently returned from a second knee surgery and the club is set to sit down in coming weeks to begin talks over a contract extension – he has one year remaining on his current deal.
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77

Elliott Whitehead​

Raiders

$590,000​

2021 Ranking: 76
Consistency is Whitehead’s greatest asset, with the English forward missing fewer than 10 games in six seasons. A genuine leader within the Raiders’ dressing room, his weekly contribution and value on and off the field led the Raiders last year to extend the 32-year-old’s contract until the end of 2024.
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76

Jaydn Su’A​

Dragons

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
First appearance on the Rich 100 after he made a big-money move from South Sydney to join the Dragons during the off-season. The Origin back-rower inked a three-year deal with St George Illawarra and enjoyed a strong start to the year before injury cruelled him.
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75

Ryan Matterson​

Eels

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: 96
Knocked back a serious play from the Dolphins to commit to the Eels through until the end of 2026. Seriously potent with the football to begin the 2022 season, Matterson was rewarded with a NSW Origin appearance in game one. Versatility at back-row, lock or centre, if required, only makes him more appealing.
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74

Luciano Leilua​

Cowboys

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Leilua gets a handy salary boost after securing a mid-season transfer from the Wests Tigers to the Cowboys, who had already signed the hulking back-rower for the 2023 season. Leilua has arrived in Townsville six months early and will be a handy weapon for the Cowboys in the finals with his experience and power.
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73

Josh Jackson​

Bulldogs

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: 73
The Dogs’ workhorse is contracted until the end of 2023, which is more than likely going to be his final season in the NRL. Nobody could begrudge Jackson’s work-ethic and effort, but there’s no doubt at 32 next year, his salary is well above the award for a player of his age and output.
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72

Nicho Hynes​

Sharks

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
On target to become one of the best buys in the NRL. Since his big-money move from Melbourne in the off-season, Hynes has transitioned exceptionally into a full-time halfback with his combination alongside Matt Moylan pushing the Sharks back towards the finals.
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71

Moeaki Fotuaika​

Titans

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
The Titans’ dismal season has cost him his Queensland Origin jumper but Fotuaika remains one of the NRL’s most impressive emerging props. Fotuaika has a compelling mix of power, fitness and footwork and is one of the Titans’ highest-paid players. At 22, Fotuaika can be the Titans’ No.1 front-row spearhead for a decade.
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70

Nick Cotric​

Raiders

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: 72
The Bulldogs are contributing to Cotric’s healthy salary after being released early from his rich three-year deal at Belmore at the end of last season. It has proven a shrewd buy for Canberra with the 23-year-old relishing the return to his hometown club, where he’s playing on the wing and is signed on until the end of 2024.
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69

Nathan Brown​

Eels

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: 77
Free to leave at the end of this season despite being on a rich deal that stands until the end of 2023. The hard-running forward has fallen down the pecking order in the Eels' pack and it would be a major hit in the club’s cap if he was to stay and complete the remainder of the deal bouncing between the NRL side and reserve grade.
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68

Stephen Crichton​

Panthers

$615,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
The classy centre is about to enter the final year of his deal with the Panthers and is likely to receive a big pay bump given, at just 21 and having made his Origin debut this year, he will be a man in demand. Has already been linked with the Dolphins and Canterbury, where a switch to fullback could further enhance his earning capacity.
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67

Sio Siua Taukeiaho​

Roosters

$625,000​

2021 Ranking: 59
Taukeiaho will leave the Roosters at the end of the season, bound for the UK Super League and a reunion with former teammate Mitchell Pearce on a two-year deal. Still only 30, the club will miss him as Taukeiaho departs having left a lasting legacy for his work ethic and professionalism.
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66

Dale Finucane​

Sharks

$625,000​

2021 Ranking: 78
The former Melbourne Storm star has been a superb buy from coach Craig Fitzgibbon; the fearless forward is the standard setter at training and in matches for the Sharks. He just needs to make sure he stays healthy for the duration of his four-year deal, after suffering a knee injury and head knock earlier this season.
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65

Nelson Asofa-Solomona​

Storm

$625,000​

2021 Ranking: 55
The powerhouse New Zealander can be devastating on his day thanks to his combination of size and strength. A brutal force who will become even more important to the Storm when the Bromwich boys and Felise Kaufusi leave at the end of this season. His contract expires at the end of 2023.
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64

Tariq Sims​

Dragons

$650,000​

2021 Ranking: 64
This will be the veteran back-rower’s final year in the Rich 100. Played for the Blues in game one but is unlikely to get another crack in that arena, either. The 32-year-old has signed with Melbourne next year on a significantly reduced one-year deal after being unwanted at the Dragons.
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63

Junior Paulo​

Eels

$650,000​

2021 Ranking: 71
Going nowhere after recently inking a new contract though until the end of 2026. Appointed co-captain alongside Clint Gutherson, Paulo is emerging as a player of great influence, both on and off the field. His Origin bonuses aren’t included in his base salary, which would elevate him higher up the list.
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62

Kodi Nikorima​

Rabbitohs

$650,000​

2021 Ranking: 97
Made a late mid-season switch from the Warriors to the Rabbitohs with South Sydney chipping in about $150,000 to get the deal done. Nikorima had taken up a rich option to remain at the Warriors this season before moving to South Sydney, where he took over from Blake Taaffe as Latrell Mitchell’s back-up at fullback. Now Souths’ No.14 option, he’s off to the Dolphins next year on a significantly reduced deal.
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61

Tom Flegler​

Broncos

$650,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Is the Broncos prop overpaid? There is an argument to suggest Flegler is overpriced, but the hulking bookend has improved his consistency since being a shock selection in the Queensland Origin side last season. If he can overcome his recent suspension dramas, Flegler has the size, running power and aggression to be a genuine enforcer for the Broncos.
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60

Dylan Brown​

Eels

$650,000​

2021 Ranking: 82
Triggered his option to extend with the Eels until the end of 2023, which next year will be worth around $800,000. At 22, Brown is enjoying a breakout season that has developed greatly from 2021 and he is, without doubt, critical to Parramatta’s premiership claims and long-term future.
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59

Jai Arrow​

Rabbitohs

$650,000​

2021 Ranking: 45
The Maroons enforcer sits comfortably in the list for another season as he enters the midpoint of a rich deal he signed when he linked up with the Rabbitohs from the Gold Coast. Arrow landed at the club on a four-year contract last season and forms part of a formidable back-row combination with Keaon Koloamatangi and Cameron Murray.
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58

Jarome Luai​

Panthers

$680,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Luai last year inked a new deal, securing him at the foot of the mountains until at least the end of 2024. It included a hefty pay rise that rewards him for his growing stature in the game. A fixture in the NSW side, he forms one of the game’s elite halves combinations with Nathan Cleary.
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57

Angus Crichton​

Roosters

$680,000​

2021 Ranking: 42
Crichton is in the final year of his deal with the Roosters and is in talks over a contract extension as he looks to extend his stay at Bondi Junction. In his seventh season in the NRL and still only 26, the NSW Origin back-rower is a chance to break into the international arena later this year with the Kangaroos for the World Cup.
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56

Jarrod Wallace​

Titans

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 70
This will almost certainly be Wallace’s final season in the NRL’s Rich 100. The Titans prop may be one of the Gold Coast’s highest-paid players, but his salary will be slashed in half next season when he joins the Dolphins. Wallace became an Origin forward at the Titans but he has struggled to produce his best form over the past 18 months, leading to his axing to the Queensland Cup last season.
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55

Cody Walker​

Rabbitohs

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 65
Sits nicely among the elite five-eighths. Finished last season as one of the game’s best but had a slower start to this year with Latrell Mitchell injured and Adam Reynolds departing for Brisbane. Has found form with Mitchell’s return. Walker’s current deal expires at the end of next season but he is in the midst of working through a new deal to remain at Redfern.
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54

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves​

Roosters

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 51
The New Zealand enforcer is in the twilight years of his NRL career but continues to be a fearsome figure and elite front-rower. Big, strong and powerful, he is the Roosters’ spiritual leader and will be 34 when he enters the final year of his current contract in 2023.
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53

Marty Taupau​

Sea Eagles

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 54
In the final year of a back-ended deal he inked at the end of 2019. Taupau has played more than 200 NRL games yet faces an uncertain future with the Samoan star one of the few players on this list still without a club for next season. At 32, he will take a pay cut wherever he plays in 2023.
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52

Kotoni Staggs​

Broncos

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Has become one of the best-paid centres in the game after inking a four-year, $2.8 million extension. Staggs has the speed and power to establish himself as the No.1 centre in game but serious injuries, including a ruptured ACL in 2020, have affected his consistency. Broke into the Origin ranks with NSW this season and has a huge future at 23.
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51

Daniel Saifiti​

Knights

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Saifiti’s five-year Knights extension back in July 2021 ranks as one of the longest contracts in Newcastle’s history and earned him his first appearance in the NRL Rich 100. Saifiti’s retention until the end of 2026 was made at a time when the towering prop was dominating for NSW. An injury impacted 2022 season has also stunted the Knights, who rely heavily on the front-rower to provide the go-forward and space for their elite outside backs.
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50

Josh Papalii​

Raiders

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 58
Papalii is contracted to the Raiders until the end of 2024 with a further option for 2025. Despite question marks over his Origin performance for Queensland, he remains the leader of the Raiders pack. At 28, Canberra is confident he can continue proving a dominant force.
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49

Zac Lomax​

Dragons

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 60
Turning into one of the game’s great enigmas with his hit-and-miss flick passes a metaphor for his game. The Dragons outlaid significant cash to keep Lomax on a deal which has him contracted until at least the end of 2026. One of the highest paid centres in the game but struggling to live up to his pay cheque.
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48

Tyson Frizell​

Knights

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 48
Frizell joined the Knights from St George Illawarra at the start of the 2021 season on a two-year deal, with an option for a third season. Reliable and consistent, the 30-year-old was included in the Blues’ extended squad for game one this year, but never made it onto the field. Frizell has reportedly told Newcastle he will take up a player option to remain at the club in 2023 in a show of faith for a team struggling to find consistency.
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Damien Cook​

Rabbitohs

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 47
Cook may have lost his NSW starting spot but he is still one of the best-paid hookers in the game. Along with Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker, he too is off contract at the end of next season and is in the midst of negotiations with the Rabbitohs over a new deal worth about the same as he is currently being paid. Is still the incumbent Kangaroos hooker.
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Tom Burgess​

Rabbitohs

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 46
Despite being one of the highest-paid props in the game, Burgess has often been overlooked for a starting spot at the Rabbitohs this season for the likes of Tevita Tatola, Mark Nicholls and Hame Sele. He has another season left on the extension he signed in 2019 but question marks remain over his long-term future at the club.
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Isaah Yeo​

Panthers

$710,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
One of the most respected figures in the NRL, Yeo shares the captaincy with Nathan Cleary at the Panthers. A workhorse who just keeps getting better. If not the best lock in the game, he is on the podium and deserving of his spot in the Rich 100. Has two years remaining on his current Penrith deal.
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Chad Townsend​

Cowboys

$710,000​

2021 Ranking: 84
What a comeback from Townsend, who surges up the NRL’s Rich 100. Seemingly finished after a disastrous transfer from the Sharks to the Warriors, the Cowboys threw Townsend a lifeline and he has been one of the buys of the season. Critics questioned the Cowboys’ $2 million outlay but so far Townsend is delivering mega dividends as the composed general guiding a team of hungry rookies to the finals.
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Joey Manu​

Roosters

$720,000​

2021 Ranking: 43
The versatile Manu is a handful wherever he plays. A contract extension until the end of the 2024 season agreed at the end of last season kicks in next year and his salary rises as a result. An elite centre, classy five-eighth and devastating fullback, he can do it all. Still only 26, his best years are ahead of him.
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Josh Hodgson​

Raiders

$720,000​

2021 Ranking: 44
Has developed into one of the most intriguing transfers in recent memory with Parramatta signing the veteran hooker just weeks before he suffered an ACL injury that ended his entire 2022 season. The 32-year-old has joined the Eels on a two-year contract and while there’s no denying his class, it’s a huge gamble now for Parramatta.
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Felise Kaufusi​

Storm

$725,000​

2021 Ranking: 66
In the final year of his deal at the Storm as he prepares to join expansion side the Dolphins next season, Kaufusi is a regular for both Queensland and Australia — although he has committed to Tonga for the World Cup. His salary reflects as much. An aggressive defender and reliable footballer who rarely has a poor game.
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Payne Haas​

Broncos

$748,000​

2021 Ranking: 86
The NSW Origin enforcer owns one of the most controversial salaries in the game. He rocked the Broncos earlier this year by asking for a release, with his management claiming the prop is worth $1 million a season. Haas’ payday is coming at the Broncos. He was upgraded midway through last year and he will become the highest-paid player at the Broncos in 2023 when his salary rises to $850,000. The Broncos also have a $5.9 million, six-year deal on the table for him. Haas just has to sign it.
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Luke Thompson​

Bulldogs

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: 41
Proving a disastrous buy for Canterbury with the English international managing 10, 15 and 12 games respectively over the past three seasons. Despite his immense talent, the investment doesn’t justify the reward, which is why Thompson is consistently being shopped by the Dogs to rival clubs. He still has one-year remaining on his contract for 2023.
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Joseph Tapine​

Raiders

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: 69
On the verge of hitting the open market if the Raiders don’t move quickly. One of the most improved forwards in the NRL, Tapine only has 2023 remaining on his contract at Canberra and is free to negotiate with rival clubs from November 1. Has stated publicly that he isn’t certain to stay on with the Green Machine.
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Ryan Papenhuyzen​

Storm

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
The Storm fullback has become an elite player since locking down the No.1 jersey at Melbourne, only for head knocks to set him back and a shocking patella injury to prematurely end his season. Signed until the end of 2025, Papenhuyzen has become a genuine star and it appears only a matter of time before he plays State of Origin for NSW.
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Jordan McLean​

Cowboys

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: 57
The big pay could be coming to an end for McLean, who is off-contract at season’s end and faces a salary cut to stay in Townsville. The monster prop has been largely disappointing for the past three years but he has atoned with a fine 2022 campaign. McLean was on the cusp of his Origin debut in the Suncorp decider, only to be ruled out in match week after a heartbreaking injury at NSW training.
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Jahrome Hughes​

Storm

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: 50
In the first season of a deal that runs through until the end of 2026 and reflects his standing as one of the top halfbacks in the NRL. The Storm fended off interest from the Dolphins to extend his deal and Hughes has justified the increase in his pay packet by starring for Melbourne.
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Reagan Campbell-Gillard​

Eels

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: 33
Like Gutherson, RCG is contracted until the end of 2025. A genuine big man, he is a consistent front-rower who has terrific leg speed. Campbell-Gillard, 28, felt the brunt of an Origin axing from NSW coach Brad Fittler, but has shown no sign of his club form dipping as a result.
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James Fisher-Harris​

Panthers

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
The hard-running New Zealander is in the conversation as the game’s premier front-rower and he is well paid for his services. His salary soars north of $800,000 next year as part of the new contract he negotiated at the start of last season, which takes the 26-year-old through until the end of 2026.
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Jack de Belin​

Dragons

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: 34
Was on the list last year but only received half his wage as he spent a large chunk of 2021 stood down. Signed his mega deal with the Dragons, which includes a player option for 2024, while on the sidelines and has not been able to replicate the form which made him one of game’s best defenders.
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Viliame Kikau​

Panthers

$760,000​

2021 Ranking: 67
The big Fijian is in the final year of his deal at the Panthers before he is due to move to Canterbury on a four-year mega deal. One of the most devastating runners of the ball in the game, Kikau is a weapon for Penrith and has enjoyed the most consistent season of his six-year NRL career.
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Dallin Watene-Zelezniak​

Warriors

$800,000​

2021 Ranking: 40
This year’s contract is still being supplemented by the Bulldogs, making Watene-Zelezniak one of the highest-paid wingers in the NRL. He still has two years remaining on his Warriors deal. DWZ is in his ninth season in the top grade after debuting for the Panthers in 2014, it’s easy to forget he is still only 26.
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Adam Reynolds​

Broncos

$800,000​

2021 Ranking: 9
Brisbane’s salary cap is a compelling study. Reynolds is their financial top dog and he is not even close to being a $1 million player. The Broncos forked out $800,000 a season for Reynolds and he has proved one of the best recruits in the club’s history. The halfback and skipper has turned the Broncos from also-rans to a rejuvenated team charging towards the finals. The former Rabbitohs general has claims to being the buy of the season.
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David Klemmer​

Knights

$800,000​

2021 Ranking: 28
The Knights spent last year concerned over the length of and size of the former Test forward’s contract which doesn’t expire until the end of 2023. Klemmer’s form had dipped to the point of falling out of favour with NSW. To his credit, he has enjoyed a strong 2022 season, but $800,000 is still massive money to be paying a front-rower who isn’t getting any younger.
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Wade Graham​

Sharks

$800,000​

2021 Ranking: 36
The Sharks captain missed the first seven rounds with an ankle injury. Since returning, his on-field leadership is a common talking point within Cronulla’s inner sanctum. In the final year of his contract, Graham knows he will have to take a significant pay cut to continue at the club, which he has called home for 13 years.
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Tino Fa'asuamaleaui​

Titans

$800,000​

2021 Ranking: 88
Big Tino has been the heart and soul of the embattled Titans. The 22-year-old was given the captaincy in pre-season and has shown enormous maturity to maintain his form despite the additional leadership pressures in a losing team. Received an upgrade of $200,000 this season after signing a four-year extension and the Queensland Origin hulk is worth every cent for the Titans with his workrate and go-forward.
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Clint Gutherson​

Eels

$800,000​

2021 Ranking: 30
The Eels skipper locked himself in long-term with the blue and golds at the end of last year with an upgraded deal through until 2025. Undeniably influential from fullback, with his attack and defence proven time and again. However, it’s huge money for a player who doesn’t feature in representative football.
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Tohu Harris​

Warriors

$810,000​

2021 Ranking: 49
The New Zealand international recently returned from a serious knee injury and, despite being 30, quickly slipped back into stride. One of the most consistent performers in the game and, with two years remaining on his current deal, is worth every cent the Warriors are paying him since joining from the Storm five years ago.
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Cameron Murray​

Rabbitohs

$850,000​

2021 Ranking: 61
A big riser as he enjoys the fruits of his new deal. The bumper payday came with the Rabbitohs captaincy for Murray who is now entrenched as a representative mainstay. A couple of worrying head knocks affected the 24-year-old around the Origin period. One of few South Sydney players contracted until 2025.
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Latrell Mitchell​

Rabbitohs

$850,000​

2021 Ranking: 37
Given a six-figure bump up in salary after only signing a short-term deal when he made the switch from the Roosters before the 2020 season. Mitchell, who has just turned 25, will close in on the million-dollar figure on his next contract, as his current deal expires at the end of next year.
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Luke Keary​

Roosters

$850,000​

2021 Ranking: 19
Keary, who at 30, still has two years remaining on his current deal, has had his issues with head knocks of late. However, when fit and available, he remains an elite player and an important cog in the Roosters’ machine. He is clearly one of the best halves in the NRL.
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Addin Fonua-Blake​

Warriors

$850,000​

2021 Ranking: 24
The Warriors scored a coup when they managed to get Fonua-Blake from Manly for the 2021 season. He was already one of the game’s premier props when he arrived at the Warriors and he continues to lead from the front for a side that has faced plenty of recent adversity. Locked in until the end of 2026 and will be important to the Warriors’ hopes going forward.
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Andrew Fifita​

Sharks

$850,000​

2021 Ranking: 22
In the final season of his mega deal, the Sharks’ spiritual leader has thrived under the direction of new coach Craig Fitzgibbon. Fifita is playing fewer minutes, but it’s what he’s doing with those minutes that is paying dividends. Unlikely to play-on next year, which is why it’s important he finishes his career on a high.
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Valentine Holmes​

Cowboys

$875,000​

2021 Ranking: 32
Another highly-paid Cowboy who is finally delivering bang for his big bucks. There was talk about Holmes being shopped last season but his move from fullback to centre has been a revelation. Holmes has been lethal for the Cowboys out wide with his speed and tackle-busting ability and he was one of Queensland’s best players in the Origin arena this season.
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Jack Wighton​

Raiders

$900,000​

2021 Ranking: 26
Wighton signed one of the biggest deals in Canberra’s history in February 2020. His base salary of $900,000 per year until 2024 doesn’t include the extra earnings he will receive from representative bonuses tied to his contract. It’s a massive deal and as such comes with the weight of massive pressure to deliver the Raiders a premiership.
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Jake Trbojevic​

Sea Eagles

$900,000​

2021 Ranking: 17
On a rich long-term deal and is a fan favourite at the Sea Eagles. Despite missing out on Origin I for the Blues he still sits comfortably towards the top of the Rich 100. The 28-year-old workhorse is locked up until the end of 2026 and will finish his NRL career a one-club man.
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Jason Taumalolo​

Cowboys

$900,000​

2021 Ranking: 18
Taumalolo’s mega 10-year deal, which expires in 2027, continues to roll on. The Cowboys wrecking ball’s value has been questioned the past two seasons but he has returned to his blockbusting best this year. The Tongan torpedo has spearheaded North Queensland’s charge into the top four with his brutal midfield bursts, burying an injury-ravaged 2021 season.
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Moses Mbye​

Dragons

$900,000​

2021 Ranking: 27
The Tigers are tipping in about half of Mbye’s mega salary despite allowing the utility to leave the club at the end of last season. Mbye had another year left on his ridiculously overpaid contract at the Tigers. Signed at St George Illawarra for two years.
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Matt Lodge​

Roosters

$900,000​

2021 Ranking: 31
Lodge has landed at the Roosters for the remainder of this season on a cut-price deal, although his full salary continues to be supplemented by payouts from both the Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors, the latter of whom have paid him out in full for next season. Lodge is hoping to earn an extension with the Roosters.
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Tevita Pangai Jr​

Bulldogs

$925,000​

2021 Ranking: 53
Talk about winning the lottery. The Bulldogs hit machine is lapping up $175,000 from his previous club, the Broncos, who were happy to pay a portion of his salary for this season after granting him an early release halfway through last year. The three-year Bulldogs contract is worth $750,000 per-season, taking his earnings this year to just under a cool $1 million.
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Cameron Munster​

Storm

$950,000​

2021 Ranking: 6
Munster is in the penultimate year of a mega-deal that cracks the seven-figure barrier next year. As it stands, he is on the cusp of being a million-dollar man and few could argue that he doesn’t deserve it given the way he has played this year. One of the best players in the game.
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Mitchell Moses​

Eels

$950,000​

2021 Ranking: 14
Just below the magical $1 million mark and edging closer towards sparking a bidding war on the open market. Off contract at the end of 2023, Moses has the freedom to rock the Eels by shopping himself to rival clubs from November 1. Parramatta are in talks with his agent to try and avoid their star halfback exiting the club.
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Luke Brooks​

Tigers

$960,000​

2021 Ranking: 25
The Tigers halfback is in the penultimate year of a mega deal that makes him one of the highest paid halves in the game. He is poised to join the million-dollar club next season. The only question is whether it will be with the Tigers or he will seek greener pastures in 2023.
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David Fifita​

Titans

$1 million​

2021 Ranking: 5
Fifita is the most overpaid player in the NRL and should have his pay packet slashed. The former Queensland Origin sensation has barely fired a shot this season in a Titans side fighting to avoid the wooden spoon. If the Titans’ $1 million signing of Ash Taylor was a shocking investment, Fifita hasn’t fared much better. The former Bronco is off-contract next year and needs to lift quickly or risk a hefty pay cut in 2024.
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Jesse Bromwich​

Storm

$1.05 million​

2021 Ranking: 56
Bromwich will join the Dolphins next season, leaving behind an impressive legacy at the Storm where he became one of the premier props in the game. The final year of his contract at Melbourne reflects as much – he was on a back-ended contract that makes him one of the highest paid players in the NRL.
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Tom Trbojevic​

Sea Eagles

$1.1 million​

2021 Ranking: 4
Was easily the game’s best player in 2021 and comfortably worth more than a million dollars. However, this is the second time in three seasons Trbojevic will have featured in just seven NRL games after a shoulder injury prematurely ended his campaign. Signed until 2026, Manly fans will be hoping for an injury-free run for a player who hasn’t played more than 20 games since 2018.
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James Tedesco​

Roosters

$1.1 million​

2021 Ranking: 3
In the conversation for the best player in the game and earns a seven-figure wage that reflects that status. The Roosters and NSW captain is likely to be given the honour of leading the Kangaroos later in the year. Locked in at Bondi until the end of 2024.
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Kalyn Ponga​

Knights

$1.1 million​

2021 Ranking: 8
Ponga famously turned his back on Wayne Bennett and the Dolphins earlier this year to sign a lucrative upgraded contract extension with the Knights. Player options in the final two years (2023-24) of his original deal which allowed Ponga to exit the contract have been removed. The new deal is worth more than $5 million and doesn’t allow Ponga to switch clubs before the end of the 2027 season.
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Ben Hunt​

Dragons

$1.1 million​

2021 Ranking: 2
Still one of the few players beyond the million dollar mark. Hunt has shown his worth by carrying the Dragons hopes on his shoulders alone. Is defying age as he gets better with time. Capped a strong season with a wonderful Origin series.
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Daly Cherry-Evans​

Sea Eagles

$1.2 million​

2021 Ranking: 1
Cherry-Evans sat on top of the Rich 100 the previous two years and will remain among the top-paid players in the game after recommitting to a long-term deal at Manly. He is still in the midst of his “lifetime” contract and on the field is at the top of his game after captaining Queensland to another against-the-odds series win.
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Nathan Cleary​

Panthers

$1.3 million​

2021 Ranking: 11
Arguably the best player in the game, Cleary is now its highest paid as he goes past Daly Cherry-Evans to take top spot on the Rich 100. A genuine star, he is worth every cent the Panthers are paying him after earlier this year signing a bumper deal to remain at the club until the end of 2027 alongside his father and coach, Ivan Cleary.
 
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I don’t know who wrote the blurbs for each player but I can’t agree with the assertion that DCE is still at the top of his game. If this is the top of his game, I’d hate to see the bottom 😳
 
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20 club games for Turbo since 2018 , Can that be right ? thought more like the past 3 years but never a less a bit depressing . Hammies , pecs , knees , shoulders , hopefully not too much left to be damaged but doesn 't seem to make much difference unless things can hopefully really change . And yet apparently could still be under consideration for after season rep games . surely can not make himself available . Getting 1.1 mil to play for Manly not for the international R L
 
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Can you believe Matt Lodge is on $900,000? I'd be very curious to know how much of that is being subsidised by previous clubs? It must be quite a chunk for the rorters to afford him... or maybe not given it's the rorters.
 
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11 former + current manly players on that list.

Salary cap is a funny thing.... what a shame we couldn't keep all those former players on the roster... we'd be in a etter spot, thats for sure!

I'd take Api & Gutho back in a heartbeat
 
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Jesse Bromwich is the highest paid prop in the game with the front-rower leading a clear attitude shift over how much props should be paid.
In a game-changer for the code, the front-row position is now the highest-paid position in the NRL.
The second highest-paid prop is Roosters recruit Matt Lodge on $900,000. A portion of his current salary is being paid by former clubs, the Warriors and Broncos.
From the Rich 100, 26 of the top-earners are front-rowers.
The next best grossing position across the NRL is back rowers (15) and locks (14).
Halfbacks (10) are ranked fourth overall for position in the 2022 Rich 100, a possible insight into the dearth of quality halves currently in the NRL.
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Jesse Bromwich is on a massive $1.05 million. Picture: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images
Bromwich’s $1.05 million salary with the Melbourne Storm will shock league fans, who routinely rate Penrith’s James Fisher-Harris, Eels prop Junior Paulo, Broncos spearhead Payne Haas or Roosters powerhouse Jared Waerea-Hargreaves as the best go-forward merchant in the NRL.
Climbing from a 53rd ranking on the Rich 100 last year to be 13th overall this year, Bromwich has hit pay dirt in his final year in Melbourne on the back of a stellar career at the Storm which has included three premierships and three Player of the Year awards.

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The Kiwi International and Storm captain is edging closer to 300 first grade games in what is his final season in Victoria before moving north to become an inaugural franchise player with The Dolphins.
The 33-year-old will take a major pay cut to join the NRL’s newest baby, but could still figure inside the top-50 highest-paid players next year.

James Fisher-Harris is on a good wicket. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty Images
The stunning increase in salaries for props is in direct contrast from a long-held view of supercoach Wayne Bennett, who historically refused to spend big-money in his pack.
Lodge has landed at the Roosters for the remainder of this season on a cut-price deal, although his full salary continues to be supplemented by payouts from both the Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors, the latter of whom have paid him out in full for next season.
Lodge is hoping to earn an extension with the Roosters.
A mainstay of the Rich 100, the next highest-paid prop is Andrew Fifita, who will farewell the list at the end of this season.
The off-contract Sharks prop is in the final year of a five-year contract that is valued at $850,000 a season.

Andrew Fifita is in the final year of a big deal. Picture: Matt King/Getty
His current overall ranking of 19 on the Rich 100, is shared with fellow front-rower Addin Fonua-Blake.
The Warriors scored a coup when they managed to get Fonua-Blake from Manly for the 2021 season.
He was already one of the game’s premier props when he arrived at the Warriors and he continues to lead from the front for a side that has faced plenty of recent adversity.
Locked in until the end of 2026, Fonua-Blake’s challenge will be delivering upon his worth at the back-end of his contract.
Knights prop David Klemmer is the next highest-paid prop. He is ranked 28th overall on the Rich 100 on a salary of $850,000.


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102

Francis Molo​

Dragons

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
St George Illawarra snuck under the guard of a host of teams by signing Molo before a ball had been kicked last year for three years. He went on to play two Origin games for Queensland in 2021. Has been solid for the Dragons.
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101

Corey Oates​

Broncos

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: 87
Still among Brisbane’s highest-paid players despite a rollercoaster past 12 months that saw him dumped to the Queensland Cup. But Oates has fought back this season with the best form of his career, sparking the ultimate reward with a State of Origin recall for the Suncorp decider. The 27-year-old Oates remains off-contract and he faces a pay cut on his next deal to remain at Red Hill.
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100

Cameron McInnes​

Sharks

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: 81
Dragons fans still can’t get their heads around this one. In his first season of a four-year deal at bitter rivals the Sharks after being let go by St George Illawarra, the relentless forward has delivered his worth so far for Cronulla, particularly off the back of a knee reconstruction that ruined his entire 2021 season at the Dragons.
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99

Josh McGuire​

Dragons

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: 51
Warrington-bound McGuire takes his place on the Rich 100 for the final time as his long NRL career comes to an end. The Cowboys are still chipping in part of McGuire’s wage who, despite still contributing as a solid first grader, has fallen below the game’s best.
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98

Shaun Johnson​

Warriors

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: 29
One of the biggest fallers in the Rich 100, Johnson’s salary has gone down $300,000 since his final year in Cronulla. However, his return to the Warriors this season hasn’t gone smoothly. Johnson has looked a shadow of the player who once one of the game’s biggest stars. He still has a year to run on his deal but, at 31, his future will be closely scrutinised.
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97

Jackson Hastings​

Tigers

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Returned in the off-season from almost four years in England and has been a fixture in the Tigers side this season, generally in the halves but more recently at lock. He kicked a match winning field goal to sink Parramatta in Round 6. Has one year remaining on his deal and has already been linked with a move elsewhere as the Tigers juggle their halves dilemma with Adam Doueihi and Luke Brooks both on the books.
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96

Dane Gagai​

Knights

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: 35
Gagai opted to return to Newcastle this season after rejecting a one-year contract extension at South Sydney and a three-year deal from the Broncos. He had an unsteady start to the State of Origin series for Queensland but came alive in the decider as the Maroons won back the shield. An elite-level centre, Gagai is valued correctly by the Knights recruitment staff at half a million dollars.
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95

Blayke Brailey​

Sharks

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
An outstanding talent who couldn’t be far away from playing State of Origin. Boasting one of the best dummy-half passes in the game, Brailey can kick and run, which has repeatedly proven damaging this season. Locked in at Cronulla until the end of the 2026 season, the 23-year-old is seen as a big part of Craig Fitzgibbon’s Sharks rebuild.
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94

Corey Allan​

Bulldogs

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Without doubt one of the worst buys in NRL history, if not certainly Canterbury’s. The fullback, wing or centre moved from South Sydney to Belmore in 2021 on a huge deal, which has earned himself a spot in the Rich 100 and backfired horrendously. Allan scored three tries in 21 games last season, while this year he has managed just three NRL games with the remainder of his football being played in the NSW Cup (14 games). Allan remains on his huge contract with the Dogs until the end of 2023.
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93

Josh Addo-Carr​

Bulldogs

$500,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Moved to the Bulldogs from Melbourne this year on the promise of the biggest deal of his career, earning his first appearance in the Rich 100. Has added potency to the Canterbury backline, but also on-field leadership given his premiership-winning and State of Origin experience. His salary — highly paid for a winger — has proven justifiable so far, but time will tell if years two and three are as bankable.
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92

Victor Radley​

Roosters

$510,000​

2021 Ranking: 90
Having recently pledged his representative future to England, Radley has turned his back on the NSW Blues and the chance to earn big dollars in coming years through State of Origin payments. He is more than likely to make up for it with his earning at the Roosters. At 24, and with his current deal expiring at the end of 2023, his best years are ahead of him.
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91

David Nofoaluma​

Storm

$510,000​

2021 Ranking: 83
Before his loan move to Melbourne, Nofoaluma was having a mixed season for the Tigers, showing glimpses of his best but also finding himself out of the side. In previous years, he has been one of their most consistent and loyal performers and has been paid as such. At 28, he still has three years left on his rich Tigers deal but, despite that, his future remains unclear.
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90

Apisai Koroisau​

Panthers

$510,000​

2021 Ranking: 95
Entering the final year of his Penrith contract before he moves to the Wests Tigers next season on a two-year deal (with a mutual option for a third season) that will make him one of the best-paid hookers in the game. Turns 30 in November, having usurped Damien Cook as the starting NSW State of Origin No.9.
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89

Waqa Blake​

Eels

$510,000​

2021 Ranking: 85
Hindered by an MCL knee injury this season, the damaging outside back has struggled so far in 2022. Used as both a winger and centre, Blake has the physique and talent to be a greater threat for the Eels than what he is showcasing.
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88

Moses Suli​

Dragons

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
The Dragons chased Suli hard for a number of years and finally landed their man. The Sea Eagles are chipping in a small part of his wage as he enters the Rich 100 for the first time. Joined the Dragons on a three-year deal.
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87

Joe Ofahengaue​

Tigers

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: 63
Made the move from Brisbane last year and there have been mixed reviews about his performance at the Tigers. Was a State of Origin player but hasn’t been able to replicate that form in recent times. Despite that, he remains one of the club’s highest-paid players.
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86

Isaac Liu​

Titans

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
The veteran prop rockets up the salary list after his off-season move to the Titans from the Roosters. The Titans outlaid $1.6 million for Liu over three years and the 31-year-old needs to lift his game after an uninspiring debut season at Parkwood. Liu won two premierships at the Roosters but has yet to convince he is value for money on the Glitter Strip.
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85

Jack Hetherington​

Bulldogs

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
In his first appearance on the rich list, Hetherington moved to the Dogs to play under ex-coach Trent Barrett on a big wicket, which has proven fruitless due to a season-ending injury. The hard-running forward will be removed from the Dogs books from November 1 having signed a three-year deal with Newcastle from 2023.
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84

Coen Hess​

Cowboys

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: 94
The former Queensland Origin young gun has been the quiet achiever in the rise of the Cowboys this season. Critics questioned his pay packet last season but Hess has delivered good value for money this season under new coach Todd Payten, who has simplified the back-rower’s game with his shift to the front row. At 25, Hess has matured nicely.
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83

Kurt Capewell​

Broncos

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Another shrewd off-season purchase for the Broncos, who have benefited from Capewell’s professionalism not only on the field, but off it. The Queensland Origin back-rower drives standards at Broncos training and it’s no surprise Brisbane have become a tougher unit with his premiership-winning know-how. One of the best value buys in the NRL.
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82

Matt Burton​

Bulldogs

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
First appearance in the Rich 100. Undeniably the key to the Bulldogs win-loss ratio in 2022, the gifted five-eighth has, at times, carried the side on his shoulders. The big issue for Canterbury will be holding onto the attacking weapon as Burton can negotiate with rival clubs from November 1. Expect him to be asking around $800,000 for his next deal.
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81

AJ Brimson​

Titans

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Brimson is on the rise after inking a monster five-year extension last year with the Titans worth $3 million. The 23-year-old broke into the Queensland Origin ranks in 2020 and while he has battled injuries, at his best Brimson is one of the most exciting attacking fullbacks in the game. The Titans road-tested him at five-eighth this season but he appears best suited to a roaming role in the No.1 jumper.
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80

Jayden Brailey​

Knights

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
A tough and skilful hooker, Brailey’s impact on the field in 2022 has been derailed by an Achilles injury suffered in the pre-season. Named co-captain of the Knights, Brailey’s work-ethic and training standards are why the Knights are paying slightly overs for the dummy-half, which has elevated him into the Rich 100.
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79

Jack Bird​

Dragons

$550,000​

2021 Ranking: 15
Drops significantly down the list after his mega-Broncos deal expired last season where he was paid by Brisbane and the Dragons. Has taken a whopping $400,000 pay cut but was rewarded with a new two-year deal from next season. Has shown his durability since joining the Dragons last season.
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78

Adam Doueihi​

Tigers

$560,000​

2021 Ranking: 68
Arguably the Tigers best player, Doueihi is also one of their best paid. Recently returned from a second knee surgery and the club is set to sit down in coming weeks to begin talks over a contract extension – he has one year remaining on his current deal.
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77

Elliott Whitehead​

Raiders

$590,000​

2021 Ranking: 76
Consistency is Whitehead’s greatest asset, with the English forward missing fewer than 10 games in six seasons. A genuine leader within the Raiders’ dressing room, his weekly contribution and value on and off the field led the Raiders last year to extend the 32-year-old’s contract until the end of 2024.
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76

Jaydn Su’A​

Dragons

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
First appearance on the Rich 100 after he made a big-money move from South Sydney to join the Dragons during the off-season. The Origin back-rower inked a three-year deal with St George Illawarra and enjoyed a strong start to the year before injury cruelled him.
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75

Ryan Matterson​

Eels

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: 96
Knocked back a serious play from the Dolphins to commit to the Eels through until the end of 2026. Seriously potent with the football to begin the 2022 season, Matterson was rewarded with a NSW Origin appearance in game one. Versatility at back-row, lock or centre, if required, only makes him more appealing.
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74

Luciano Leilua​

Cowboys

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Leilua gets a handy salary boost after securing a mid-season transfer from the Wests Tigers to the Cowboys, who had already signed the hulking back-rower for the 2023 season. Leilua has arrived in Townsville six months early and will be a handy weapon for the Cowboys in the finals with his experience and power.
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73

Josh Jackson​

Bulldogs

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: 73
The Dogs’ workhorse is contracted until the end of 2023, which is more than likely going to be his final season in the NRL. Nobody could begrudge Jackson’s work-ethic and effort, but there’s no doubt at 32 next year, his salary is well above the award for a player of his age and output.
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72

Nicho Hynes​

Sharks

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
On target to become one of the best buys in the NRL. Since his big-money move from Melbourne in the off-season, Hynes has transitioned exceptionally into a full-time halfback with his combination alongside Matt Moylan pushing the Sharks back towards the finals.
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71

Moeaki Fotuaika​

Titans

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
The Titans’ dismal season has cost him his Queensland Origin jumper but Fotuaika remains one of the NRL’s most impressive emerging props. Fotuaika has a compelling mix of power, fitness and footwork and is one of the Titans’ highest-paid players. At 22, Fotuaika can be the Titans’ No.1 front-row spearhead for a decade.
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70

Nick Cotric​

Raiders

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: 72
The Bulldogs are contributing to Cotric’s healthy salary after being released early from his rich three-year deal at Belmore at the end of last season. It has proven a shrewd buy for Canberra with the 23-year-old relishing the return to his hometown club, where he’s playing on the wing and is signed on until the end of 2024.
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69

Nathan Brown​

Eels

$600,000​

2021 Ranking: 77
Free to leave at the end of this season despite being on a rich deal that stands until the end of 2023. The hard-running forward has fallen down the pecking order in the Eels' pack and it would be a major hit in the club’s cap if he was to stay and complete the remainder of the deal bouncing between the NRL side and reserve grade.
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68

Stephen Crichton​

Panthers

$615,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
The classy centre is about to enter the final year of his deal with the Panthers and is likely to receive a big pay bump given, at just 21 and having made his Origin debut this year, he will be a man in demand. Has already been linked with the Dolphins and Canterbury, where a switch to fullback could further enhance his earning capacity.
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67

Sio Siua Taukeiaho​

Roosters

$625,000​

2021 Ranking: 59
Taukeiaho will leave the Roosters at the end of the season, bound for the UK Super League and a reunion with former teammate Mitchell Pearce on a two-year deal. Still only 30, the club will miss him as Taukeiaho departs having left a lasting legacy for his work ethic and professionalism.
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66

Dale Finucane​

Sharks

$625,000​

2021 Ranking: 78
The former Melbourne Storm star has been a superb buy from coach Craig Fitzgibbon; the fearless forward is the standard setter at training and in matches for the Sharks. He just needs to make sure he stays healthy for the duration of his four-year deal, after suffering a knee injury and head knock earlier this season.
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65

Nelson Asofa-Solomona​

Storm

$625,000​

2021 Ranking: 55
The powerhouse New Zealander can be devastating on his day thanks to his combination of size and strength. A brutal force who will become even more important to the Storm when the Bromwich boys and Felise Kaufusi leave at the end of this season. His contract expires at the end of 2023.
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64

Tariq Sims​

Dragons

$650,000​

2021 Ranking: 64
This will be the veteran back-rower’s final year in the Rich 100. Played for the Blues in game one but is unlikely to get another crack in that arena, either. The 32-year-old has signed with Melbourne next year on a significantly reduced one-year deal after being unwanted at the Dragons.
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63

Junior Paulo​

Eels

$650,000​

2021 Ranking: 71
Going nowhere after recently inking a new contract though until the end of 2026. Appointed co-captain alongside Clint Gutherson, Paulo is emerging as a player of great influence, both on and off the field. His Origin bonuses aren’t included in his base salary, which would elevate him higher up the list.
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62

Kodi Nikorima​

Rabbitohs

$650,000​

2021 Ranking: 97
Made a late mid-season switch from the Warriors to the Rabbitohs with South Sydney chipping in about $150,000 to get the deal done. Nikorima had taken up a rich option to remain at the Warriors this season before moving to South Sydney, where he took over from Blake Taaffe as Latrell Mitchell’s back-up at fullback. Now Souths’ No.14 option, he’s off to the Dolphins next year on a significantly reduced deal.
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61

Tom Flegler​

Broncos

$650,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Is the Broncos prop overpaid? There is an argument to suggest Flegler is overpriced, but the hulking bookend has improved his consistency since being a shock selection in the Queensland Origin side last season. If he can overcome his recent suspension dramas, Flegler has the size, running power and aggression to be a genuine enforcer for the Broncos.
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60

Dylan Brown​

Eels

$650,000​

2021 Ranking: 82
Triggered his option to extend with the Eels until the end of 2023, which next year will be worth around $800,000. At 22, Brown is enjoying a breakout season that has developed greatly from 2021 and he is, without doubt, critical to Parramatta’s premiership claims and long-term future.
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59

Jai Arrow​

Rabbitohs

$650,000​

2021 Ranking: 45
The Maroons enforcer sits comfortably in the list for another season as he enters the midpoint of a rich deal he signed when he linked up with the Rabbitohs from the Gold Coast. Arrow landed at the club on a four-year contract last season and forms part of a formidable back-row combination with Keaon Koloamatangi and Cameron Murray.
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58

Jarome Luai​

Panthers

$680,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Luai last year inked a new deal, securing him at the foot of the mountains until at least the end of 2024. It included a hefty pay rise that rewards him for his growing stature in the game. A fixture in the NSW side, he forms one of the game’s elite halves combinations with Nathan Cleary.
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57

Angus Crichton​

Roosters

$680,000​

2021 Ranking: 42
Crichton is in the final year of his deal with the Roosters and is in talks over a contract extension as he looks to extend his stay at Bondi Junction. In his seventh season in the NRL and still only 26, the NSW Origin back-rower is a chance to break into the international arena later this year with the Kangaroos for the World Cup.
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56

Jarrod Wallace​

Titans

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 70
This will almost certainly be Wallace’s final season in the NRL’s Rich 100. The Titans prop may be one of the Gold Coast’s highest-paid players, but his salary will be slashed in half next season when he joins the Dolphins. Wallace became an Origin forward at the Titans but he has struggled to produce his best form over the past 18 months, leading to his axing to the Queensland Cup last season.
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55

Cody Walker​

Rabbitohs

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 65
Sits nicely among the elite five-eighths. Finished last season as one of the game’s best but had a slower start to this year with Latrell Mitchell injured and Adam Reynolds departing for Brisbane. Has found form with Mitchell’s return. Walker’s current deal expires at the end of next season but he is in the midst of working through a new deal to remain at Redfern.
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54

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves​

Roosters

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 51
The New Zealand enforcer is in the twilight years of his NRL career but continues to be a fearsome figure and elite front-rower. Big, strong and powerful, he is the Roosters’ spiritual leader and will be 34 when he enters the final year of his current contract in 2023.
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53

Marty Taupau​

Sea Eagles

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 54
In the final year of a back-ended deal he inked at the end of 2019. Taupau has played more than 200 NRL games yet faces an uncertain future with the Samoan star one of the few players on this list still without a club for next season. At 32, he will take a pay cut wherever he plays in 2023.
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52

Kotoni Staggs​

Broncos

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Has become one of the best-paid centres in the game after inking a four-year, $2.8 million extension. Staggs has the speed and power to establish himself as the No.1 centre in game but serious injuries, including a ruptured ACL in 2020, have affected his consistency. Broke into the Origin ranks with NSW this season and has a huge future at 23.
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51

Daniel Saifiti​

Knights

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
Saifiti’s five-year Knights extension back in July 2021 ranks as one of the longest contracts in Newcastle’s history and earned him his first appearance in the NRL Rich 100. Saifiti’s retention until the end of 2026 was made at a time when the towering prop was dominating for NSW. An injury impacted 2022 season has also stunted the Knights, who rely heavily on the front-rower to provide the go-forward and space for their elite outside backs.
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50

Josh Papalii​

Raiders

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 58
Papalii is contracted to the Raiders until the end of 2024 with a further option for 2025. Despite question marks over his Origin performance for Queensland, he remains the leader of the Raiders pack. At 28, Canberra is confident he can continue proving a dominant force.
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49

Zac Lomax​

Dragons

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 60
Turning into one of the game’s great enigmas with his hit-and-miss flick passes a metaphor for his game. The Dragons outlaid significant cash to keep Lomax on a deal which has him contracted until at least the end of 2026. One of the highest paid centres in the game but struggling to live up to his pay cheque.
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48

Tyson Frizell​

Knights

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 48
Frizell joined the Knights from St George Illawarra at the start of the 2021 season on a two-year deal, with an option for a third season. Reliable and consistent, the 30-year-old was included in the Blues’ extended squad for game one this year, but never made it onto the field. Frizell has reportedly told Newcastle he will take up a player option to remain at the club in 2023 in a show of faith for a team struggling to find consistency.
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47

Damien Cook​

Rabbitohs

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 47
Cook may have lost his NSW starting spot but he is still one of the best-paid hookers in the game. Along with Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker, he too is off contract at the end of next season and is in the midst of negotiations with the Rabbitohs over a new deal worth about the same as he is currently being paid. Is still the incumbent Kangaroos hooker.
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46

Tom Burgess​

Rabbitohs

$700,000​

2021 Ranking: 46
Despite being one of the highest-paid props in the game, Burgess has often been overlooked for a starting spot at the Rabbitohs this season for the likes of Tevita Tatola, Mark Nicholls and Hame Sele. He has another season left on the extension he signed in 2019 but question marks remain over his long-term future at the club.
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45

Isaah Yeo​

Panthers

$710,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
One of the most respected figures in the NRL, Yeo shares the captaincy with Nathan Cleary at the Panthers. A workhorse who just keeps getting better. If not the best lock in the game, he is on the podium and deserving of his spot in the Rich 100. Has two years remaining on his current Penrith deal.
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44

Chad Townsend​

Cowboys

$710,000​

2021 Ranking: 84
What a comeback from Townsend, who surges up the NRL’s Rich 100. Seemingly finished after a disastrous transfer from the Sharks to the Warriors, the Cowboys threw Townsend a lifeline and he has been one of the buys of the season. Critics questioned the Cowboys’ $2 million outlay but so far Townsend is delivering mega dividends as the composed general guiding a team of hungry rookies to the finals.
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43

Joey Manu​

Roosters

$720,000​

2021 Ranking: 43
The versatile Manu is a handful wherever he plays. A contract extension until the end of the 2024 season agreed at the end of last season kicks in next year and his salary rises as a result. An elite centre, classy five-eighth and devastating fullback, he can do it all. Still only 26, his best years are ahead of him.
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Josh Hodgson​

Raiders

$720,000​

2021 Ranking: 44
Has developed into one of the most intriguing transfers in recent memory with Parramatta signing the veteran hooker just weeks before he suffered an ACL injury that ended his entire 2022 season. The 32-year-old has joined the Eels on a two-year contract and while there’s no denying his class, it’s a huge gamble now for Parramatta.
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Felise Kaufusi​

Storm

$725,000​

2021 Ranking: 66
In the final year of his deal at the Storm as he prepares to join expansion side the Dolphins next season, Kaufusi is a regular for both Queensland and Australia — although he has committed to Tonga for the World Cup. His salary reflects as much. An aggressive defender and reliable footballer who rarely has a poor game.
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Payne Haas​

Broncos

$748,000​

2021 Ranking: 86
The NSW Origin enforcer owns one of the most controversial salaries in the game. He rocked the Broncos earlier this year by asking for a release, with his management claiming the prop is worth $1 million a season. Haas’ payday is coming at the Broncos. He was upgraded midway through last year and he will become the highest-paid player at the Broncos in 2023 when his salary rises to $850,000. The Broncos also have a $5.9 million, six-year deal on the table for him. Haas just has to sign it.
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Luke Thompson​

Bulldogs

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: 41
Proving a disastrous buy for Canterbury with the English international managing 10, 15 and 12 games respectively over the past three seasons. Despite his immense talent, the investment doesn’t justify the reward, which is why Thompson is consistently being shopped by the Dogs to rival clubs. He still has one-year remaining on his contract for 2023.
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Joseph Tapine​

Raiders

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: 69
On the verge of hitting the open market if the Raiders don’t move quickly. One of the most improved forwards in the NRL, Tapine only has 2023 remaining on his contract at Canberra and is free to negotiate with rival clubs from November 1. Has stated publicly that he isn’t certain to stay on with the Green Machine.
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Ryan Papenhuyzen​

Storm

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
The Storm fullback has become an elite player since locking down the No.1 jersey at Melbourne, only for head knocks to set him back and a shocking patella injury to prematurely end his season. Signed until the end of 2025, Papenhuyzen has become a genuine star and it appears only a matter of time before he plays State of Origin for NSW.
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Jordan McLean​

Cowboys

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: 57
The big pay could be coming to an end for McLean, who is off-contract at season’s end and faces a salary cut to stay in Townsville. The monster prop has been largely disappointing for the past three years but he has atoned with a fine 2022 campaign. McLean was on the cusp of his Origin debut in the Suncorp decider, only to be ruled out in match week after a heartbreaking injury at NSW training.
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Jahrome Hughes​

Storm

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: 50
In the first season of a deal that runs through until the end of 2026 and reflects his standing as one of the top halfbacks in the NRL. The Storm fended off interest from the Dolphins to extend his deal and Hughes has justified the increase in his pay packet by starring for Melbourne.
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Reagan Campbell-Gillard​

Eels

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: 33
Like Gutherson, RCG is contracted until the end of 2025. A genuine big man, he is a consistent front-rower who has terrific leg speed. Campbell-Gillard, 28, felt the brunt of an Origin axing from NSW coach Brad Fittler, but has shown no sign of his club form dipping as a result.
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James Fisher-Harris​

Panthers

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: N/A
The hard-running New Zealander is in the conversation as the game’s premier front-rower and he is well paid for his services. His salary soars north of $800,000 next year as part of the new contract he negotiated at the start of last season, which takes the 26-year-old through until the end of 2026.
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Jack de Belin​

Dragons

$750,000​

2021 Ranking: 34
Was on the list last year but only received half his wage as he spent a large chunk of 2021 stood down. Signed his mega deal with the Dragons, which includes a player option for 2024, while on the sidelines and has not been able to replicate the form which made him one of game’s best defenders.
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Viliame Kikau​

Panthers

$760,000​

2021 Ranking: 67
The big Fijian is in the final year of his deal at the Panthers before he is due to move to Canterbury on a four-year mega deal. One of the most devastating runners of the ball in the game, Kikau is a weapon for Penrith and has enjoyed the most consistent season of his six-year NRL career.
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Dallin Watene-Zelezniak​

Warriors

$800,000​

2021 Ranking: 40
This year’s contract is still being supplemented by the Bulldogs, making Watene-Zelezniak one of the highest-paid wingers in the NRL. He still has two years remaining on his Warriors deal. DWZ is in his ninth season in the top grade after debuting for the Panthers in 2014, it’s easy to forget he is still only 26.
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Adam Reynolds​

Broncos

$800,000​

2021 Ranking: 9
Brisbane’s salary cap is a compelling study. Reynolds is their financial top dog and he is not even close to being a $1 million player. The Broncos forked out $800,000 a season for Reynolds and he has proved one of the best recruits in the club’s history. The halfback and skipper has turned the Broncos from also-rans to a rejuvenated team charging towards the finals. The former Rabbitohs general has claims to being the buy of the season.
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David Klemmer​

Knights

$800,000​

2021 Ranking: 28
The Knights spent last year concerned over the length of and size of the former Test forward’s contract which doesn’t expire until the end of 2023. Klemmer’s form had dipped to the point of falling out of favour with NSW. To his credit, he has enjoyed a strong 2022 season, but $800,000 is still massive money to be paying a front-rower who isn’t getting any younger.
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Wade Graham​

Sharks

$800,000​

2021 Ranking: 36
The Sharks captain missed the first seven rounds with an ankle injury. Since returning, his on-field leadership is a common talking point within Cronulla’s inner sanctum. In the final year of his contract, Graham knows he will have to take a significant pay cut to continue at the club, which he has called home for 13 years.
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Tino Fa'asuamaleaui​

Titans

$800,000​

2021 Ranking: 88
Big Tino has been the heart and soul of the embattled Titans. The 22-year-old was given the captaincy in pre-season and has shown enormous maturity to maintain his form despite the additional leadership pressures in a losing team. Received an upgrade of $200,000 this season after signing a four-year extension and the Queensland Origin hulk is worth every cent for the Titans with his workrate and go-forward.
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Clint Gutherson​

Eels

$800,000​

2021 Ranking: 30
The Eels skipper locked himself in long-term with the blue and golds at the end of last year with an upgraded deal through until 2025. Undeniably influential from fullback, with his attack and defence proven time and again. However, it’s huge money for a player who doesn’t feature in representative football.
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Tohu Harris​

Warriors

$810,000​

2021 Ranking: 49
The New Zealand international recently returned from a serious knee injury and, despite being 30, quickly slipped back into stride. One of the most consistent performers in the game and, with two years remaining on his current deal, is worth every cent the Warriors are paying him since joining from the Storm five years ago.
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Cameron Murray​

Rabbitohs

$850,000​

2021 Ranking: 61
A big riser as he enjoys the fruits of his new deal. The bumper payday came with the Rabbitohs captaincy for Murray who is now entrenched as a representative mainstay. A couple of worrying head knocks affected the 24-year-old around the Origin period. One of few South Sydney players contracted until 2025.
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Latrell Mitchell​

Rabbitohs

$850,000​

2021 Ranking: 37
Given a six-figure bump up in salary after only signing a short-term deal when he made the switch from the Roosters before the 2020 season. Mitchell, who has just turned 25, will close in on the million-dollar figure on his next contract, as his current deal expires at the end of next year.
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Luke Keary​

Roosters

$850,000​

2021 Ranking: 19
Keary, who at 30, still has two years remaining on his current deal, has had his issues with head knocks of late. However, when fit and available, he remains an elite player and an important cog in the Roosters’ machine. He is clearly one of the best halves in the NRL.
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Addin Fonua-Blake​

Warriors

$850,000​

2021 Ranking: 24
The Warriors scored a coup when they managed to get Fonua-Blake from Manly for the 2021 season. He was already one of the game’s premier props when he arrived at the Warriors and he continues to lead from the front for a side that has faced plenty of recent adversity. Locked in until the end of 2026 and will be important to the Warriors’ hopes going forward.
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Andrew Fifita​

Sharks

$850,000​

2021 Ranking: 22
In the final season of his mega deal, the Sharks’ spiritual leader has thrived under the direction of new coach Craig Fitzgibbon. Fifita is playing fewer minutes, but it’s what he’s doing with those minutes that is paying dividends. Unlikely to play-on next year, which is why it’s important he finishes his career on a high.
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Valentine Holmes​

Cowboys

$875,000​

2021 Ranking: 32
Another highly-paid Cowboy who is finally delivering bang for his big bucks. There was talk about Holmes being shopped last season but his move from fullback to centre has been a revelation. Holmes has been lethal for the Cowboys out wide with his speed and tackle-busting ability and he was one of Queensland’s best players in the Origin arena this season.
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Jack Wighton​

Raiders

$900,000​

2021 Ranking: 26
Wighton signed one of the biggest deals in Canberra’s history in February 2020. His base salary of $900,000 per year until 2024 doesn’t include the extra earnings he will receive from representative bonuses tied to his contract. It’s a massive deal and as such comes with the weight of massive pressure to deliver the Raiders a premiership.
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Jake Trbojevic​

Sea Eagles

$900,000​

2021 Ranking: 17
On a rich long-term deal and is a fan favourite at the Sea Eagles. Despite missing out on Origin I for the Blues he still sits comfortably towards the top of the Rich 100. The 28-year-old workhorse is locked up until the end of 2026 and will finish his NRL career a one-club man.
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Jason Taumalolo​

Cowboys

$900,000​

2021 Ranking: 18
Taumalolo’s mega 10-year deal, which expires in 2027, continues to roll on. The Cowboys wrecking ball’s value has been questioned the past two seasons but he has returned to his blockbusting best this year. The Tongan torpedo has spearheaded North Queensland’s charge into the top four with his brutal midfield bursts, burying an injury-ravaged 2021 season.
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Moses Mbye​

Dragons

$900,000​

2021 Ranking: 27
The Tigers are tipping in about half of Mbye’s mega salary despite allowing the utility to leave the club at the end of last season. Mbye had another year left on his ridiculously overpaid contract at the Tigers. Signed at St George Illawarra for two years.
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Matt Lodge​

Roosters

$900,000​

2021 Ranking: 31
Lodge has landed at the Roosters for the remainder of this season on a cut-price deal, although his full salary continues to be supplemented by payouts from both the Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors, the latter of whom have paid him out in full for next season. Lodge is hoping to earn an extension with the Roosters.
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Tevita Pangai Jr​

Bulldogs

$925,000​

2021 Ranking: 53
Talk about winning the lottery. The Bulldogs hit machine is lapping up $175,000 from his previous club, the Broncos, who were happy to pay a portion of his salary for this season after granting him an early release halfway through last year. The three-year Bulldogs contract is worth $750,000 per-season, taking his earnings this year to just under a cool $1 million.
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Cameron Munster​

Storm

$950,000​

2021 Ranking: 6
Munster is in the penultimate year of a mega-deal that cracks the seven-figure barrier next year. As it stands, he is on the cusp of being a million-dollar man and few could argue that he doesn’t deserve it given the way he has played this year. One of the best players in the game.
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Mitchell Moses​

Eels

$950,000​

2021 Ranking: 14
Just below the magical $1 million mark and edging closer towards sparking a bidding war on the open market. Off contract at the end of 2023, Moses has the freedom to rock the Eels by shopping himself to rival clubs from November 1. Parramatta are in talks with his agent to try and avoid their star halfback exiting the club.
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Luke Brooks​

Tigers

$960,000​

2021 Ranking: 25
The Tigers halfback is in the penultimate year of a mega deal that makes him one of the highest paid halves in the game. He is poised to join the million-dollar club next season. The only question is whether it will be with the Tigers or he will seek greener pastures in 2023.
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David Fifita​

Titans

$1 million​

2021 Ranking: 5
Fifita is the most overpaid player in the NRL and should have his pay packet slashed. The former Queensland Origin sensation has barely fired a shot this season in a Titans side fighting to avoid the wooden spoon. If the Titans’ $1 million signing of Ash Taylor was a shocking investment, Fifita hasn’t fared much better. The former Bronco is off-contract next year and needs to lift quickly or risk a hefty pay cut in 2024.
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Jesse Bromwich​

Storm

$1.05 million​

2021 Ranking: 56
Bromwich will join the Dolphins next season, leaving behind an impressive legacy at the Storm where he became one of the premier props in the game. The final year of his contract at Melbourne reflects as much – he was on a back-ended contract that makes him one of the highest paid players in the NRL.
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Tom Trbojevic​

Sea Eagles

$1.1 million​

2021 Ranking: 4
Was easily the game’s best player in 2021 and comfortably worth more than a million dollars. However, this is the second time in three seasons Trbojevic will have featured in just seven NRL games after a shoulder injury prematurely ended his campaign. Signed until 2026, Manly fans will be hoping for an injury-free run for a player who hasn’t played more than 20 games since 2018.
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James Tedesco​

Roosters

$1.1 million​

2021 Ranking: 3
In the conversation for the best player in the game and earns a seven-figure wage that reflects that status. The Roosters and NSW captain is likely to be given the honour of leading the Kangaroos later in the year. Locked in at Bondi until the end of 2024.
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Kalyn Ponga​

Knights

$1.1 million​

2021 Ranking: 8
Ponga famously turned his back on Wayne Bennett and the Dolphins earlier this year to sign a lucrative upgraded contract extension with the Knights. Player options in the final two years (2023-24) of his original deal which allowed Ponga to exit the contract have been removed. The new deal is worth more than $5 million and doesn’t allow Ponga to switch clubs before the end of the 2027 season.
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Ben Hunt​

Dragons

$1.1 million​

2021 Ranking: 2
Still one of the few players beyond the million dollar mark. Hunt has shown his worth by carrying the Dragons hopes on his shoulders alone. Is defying age as he gets better with time. Capped a strong season with a wonderful Origin series.
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Daly Cherry-Evans​

Sea Eagles

$1.2 million​

2021 Ranking: 1
Cherry-Evans sat on top of the Rich 100 the previous two years and will remain among the top-paid players in the game after recommitting to a long-term deal at Manly. He is still in the midst of his “lifetime” contract and on the field is at the top of his game after captaining Queensland to another against-the-odds series win.
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Nathan Cleary​

Panthers

$1.3 million​

2021 Ranking: 11
Arguably the best player in the game, Cleary is now its highest paid as he goes past Daly Cherry-Evans to take top spot on the Rich 100. A genuine star, he is worth every cent the Panthers are paying him after earlier this year signing a bumper deal to remain at the club until the end of 2027 alongside his father and coach, Ivan Cleary.
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Just goes to show how absurd Manly's list management is, being the only club paying 3 players over the $900K

3.9M + a little to Suli for:
  • A player who doesn't play, and another who actually plays for an opposition team
  • An average at best prop forward
  • A general play kicker who cannot lead or game manage
  • A hard-working yet slow middle forward

Almost half our cap gone
 
Bencher
Can you believe Matt Lodge is on $900,000? I'd be very curious to know how much of that is being subsidised by previous clubs? It must be quite a chunk for the rorters to afford him... or maybe not given it's the rorters.
They list Broncos and Warriors are jointly still subsidizing Lodge, Lodge must be grinning from ear to ear.
 
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Premium Member
Just goes to show how absurd Manly's list management is, being the only club paying 3 players over the $900K

3.9M + a little to Suli for:
  • A player who doesn't play, and another who actually plays for an opposition team
  • An average at best prop forward
  • A general play kicker who cannot lead or game manage
  • A hard-working yet slow middle forward

Almost half our cap gone
Still some pretty fair talent through the rest of the squad apart from the top earners but naturally need the highest paid group playing regularly and earning their pay check . That not happening in the main and wide spread injuries all round sadly proving a real handicap
 
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Just goes to show how absurd Manly's list management is, being the only club paying 3 players over the $900K

3.9M + a little to Suli for:
  • A player who doesn't play, and another who actually plays for an opposition team
  • An average at best prop forward
  • A general play kicker who cannot lead or game manage
  • A hard-working yet slow middle forward

Almost half our cap gone
And you can almost put Marty on that list,
coming in at 700k if you don't mind !! that's nearly 4M of our cap heavily invested in 4 players.
 
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