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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Only three players deserve $1m a season: Sterlo


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Only three players in the NRL – Cameron Smith, Sam Burgess and Jason Taumalolo - are worth $1 million per season, says legendary halfback Peter Sterling.

All three stars reportedly make seven figures per season, yet they are far from alone. Other players in the NRL who have been reported to make $1 million per season are Manly’s Daly Cherry-Evans, St George Illawarra’s Ben Hunt, Sydney Roosters’ Cooper Cronk, Cronulla’s Shaun Johnson, Canterbury’s Kieran Foran, Brisbane’s Anthony Milford, North Queensland’s Michael Morgan, Newcastle’s Mitchell Pearce and Gold Coast’s Ash Taylor.

Players such as Angus Crichton, Jack Bird, Damien Cook, Matt Moylan, Tom Trbojevic and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck are just below $1 million a year, according to reports.

Sterling said that many of the NRL’s top earners were being paid on potential rather than consistent match-winning performances.

“There’s so many good players but a lot of them, like Latrell Mitchell and people you know are going to be top-class players, you’re paying more on potential,” Sterling said on The Sunday Footy Show.

“But for what you get week-in, week-out … to me, the million dollars is one of the glass ceilings, it’s like the four-minute mile looking to get broken. Those three players (Smith, Burgess and Taumalolo) stand out for me.

“Burgess is up there with Malcolm Reilly as clearly the best Englishman that our game has seen and he’s been in our game a while now, despite that little sojourn to rugby union.”

Panthers and Roosters great Brad Fittler added: “Sam Burgess has got more [quality] than nearly any other forward I’ve seen. [There are] some blokes with similar traits but Sam’s got a lot going for him.”

Melbourne icon Billy Slater said a $1 million player had to be the deciding factor in most games to justify his price tag.

“To get that sort of money, you’ve got to have the influence on the result more times than not, not even an influence,” Slater said.

“Cameron Smith, Jason Taumalolo, they’re consistent throughout their performances.

“You see a lot of guys, and good luck to the guys who do get the money – a lot of it’s time and place. Clubs are desperate to hold on to players, or to buy players because they haven’t got a talented roster in that position.”

Dylan-Brown

Fittler noted that Parramatta five-eighth Dylan Brown said during last week that he wanted to “go fishing” for a big contract rather than quickly recommitting to the Eels, with an eye to becoming a multi-millionaire. Brown has played one NRL game and is 18; such is the wild market for NRL halves.

“I saw young Dylan Brown come out in the paper and talk about he’s going to hold off on signing contracts because he wants to be a millionaire,” Fittler said.

“I just hope his manager gets to him and just humbles him down a little bit. Just get out there and play some footy, Dylan.”

Only three players in the NRL – Cameron Smith, Sam Burgess and Jason Taumalolo - are worth $1 million per season, says legendary halfback Peter Sterling.

All three stars reportedly make seven figures per season, yet they are far from alone. Other players in the NRL who have been reported to make $1 million per season are Manly’s Daly Cherry-Evans, St George Illawarra’s Ben Hunt, Sydney Roosters’ Cooper Cronk, Cronulla’s Shaun Johnson, Canterbury’s Kieran Foran, Brisbane’s Anthony Milford, North Queensland’s Michael Morgan, Newcastle’s Mitchell Pearce and Gold Coast’s Ash Taylor.

Players such as Angus Crichton, Jack Bird, Damien Cook, Matt Moylan, Tom Trbojevic and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck are just below $1 million a year, according to reports.

Sterling said that many of the NRL’s top earners were being paid on potential rather than consistent match-winning performances.

“There’s so many good players but a lot of them, like Latrell Mitchell and people you know are going to be top-class players, you’re paying more on potential,” Sterling said on The Sunday Footy Show.

“But for what you get week-in, week-out … to me, the million dollars is one of the glass ceilings, it’s like the four-minute mile looking to get broken. Those three players (Smith, Burgess and Taumalolo) stand out for me.

“Burgess is up there with Malcolm Reilly as clearly the best Englishman that our game has seen and he’s been in our game a while now, despite that little sojourn to rugby union.”

Panthers and Roosters great Brad Fittler added: “Sam Burgess has got more [quality] than nearly any other forward I’ve seen. [There are] some blokes with similar traits but Sam’s got a lot going for him.”

Melbourne icon Billy Slater said a $1 million player had to be the deciding factor in most games to justify his price tag.

“To get that sort of money, you’ve got to have the influence on the result more times than not, not even an influence,” Slater said.

“Cameron Smith, Jason Taumalolo, they’re consistent throughout their performances.

“You see a lot of guys, and good luck to the guys who do get the money – a lot of it’s time and place. Clubs are desperate to hold on to players, or to buy players because they haven’t got a talented roster in that position.”

Dylan-Brown

Fittler noted that Parramatta five-eighth Dylan Brown said during last week that he wanted to “go fishing” for a big contract rather than quickly recommitting to the Eels, with an eye to becoming a multi-millionaire. Brown has played one NRL game and is 18; such is the wild market for NRL halves.

“I saw young Dylan Brown come out in the paper and talk about he’s going to hold off on signing contracts because he wants to be a millionaire,” Fittler said.

“I just hope his manager gets to him and just humbles him down a little bit. Just get out there and play some footy, Dylan.”

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