Yes @Eagle 1 .. lol all you like ... 60% play less than 30 games and about 80% play less than 50 games.
Posted by Daneel
on May 7, 2010 at 11:03am
Though I haven't been able to be as active on here of late as much as I would like, I have read in the last couple of days, what i consider, some uninformed comment and assumptions in regards to players/player payments etc
Some have included calls for players to Play rep games for nothing, or that Players earn too much, or we are tired of sports stars whingeing etc.
Well, I'd like to educate a few of you on the Statistics of the Career of the average First Grade Footballer.
Since 1959 :-
*36 per cent of players have played fewer than 10 first-grade games.
*56.8 per cent played less than 30 top-grade games.
*A staggering 82.2 per cent played less than 100.
*The average career spans only 49 first-grade games.
Out of every single player who has spent most of their youth pursuing a dream, those that actually go on to making a proper living out of the game is minimal.
Please also consider these stats :-
* Players out of the game after a year (depending on injuries, suspensions etc): 65 per cent.
* Out of the game after two years: 75 per cent.
* Out of the game after five years: 88 per cent.
The reality is that Kids who aspire to become first grade footballers more often than not, dont realise that failure is a high possibility. The assumption that players go on to have long careers and make heaps of money is entirely false!
Out of the 20-25 or so kids that come through each year, aspiring to be first grade players, usually two or three of the 20 players might go on to play first grade. Of those that play first grade, only 20 per cent have a career longer than four years. Of those, probably
half make a good living out of the game.
Since 1908, only approx 8870 players have played first-grade rugby league.
So, many people on here have questioned, how much is the average footballer really worth? Do they deserve to be paid well for doing what they do?
They are the product we all support, they make the game what it is today. They are the reason we look forward to Friday Night... or Sunday afternoon.
So how much is the average First Grader really worth... I cant answer that, but what I do know is that when you consider how little time they have to earn money off what they do well, Im all for them earning as much as they can. The great players of our game such as Greg Inglis, or Darren Lockyer, or Nathan Hindmarsh or Benji Marshall, they are entitled to as much financial reward as the game can support.... but what about those who never make the lofty heights of these guys? Darren Lockyer put it best once when he agreed that the stars of the game are entitled to earn as much as they can, but for their less fancied team mates, they are worth a lot more than they get paid!