The Money Earners

If you're like me you're wondering where all that salary cap money goes at your club...and every club. Well, here are the big money earners at all the NRL clubs in season 2021. I am only listing players that are in the 100 highest earning players in the NRL this season, and I will keep adding the details for clubs as I work through the lists. A heads up that Dragons fans may want to steel themselves.

Disclaimer: figures are based on publicly available information and does not include third party deals, earnings from representative football etc

Melbourne Storm

  1. Cameron Munster - $1 million
  2. Jahrome Hughes - $700,000
  3. Nelson Asofa-Solomona - $675,000
  4. Jesse Bromwich - $660,000
  5. Felise Kaufusi - $640,000
  6. Dale Finucane - $580,000
  7. Christian Welch - $480,000

Penrith Panthers

  1. Nathan Cleary - $940,000
  2. Viliame Kikau - $635,000
  3. Api Koroisau - $470,000

South Sydney Rabbitohs

  1. Adam Reynolds - $1 million
  2. Dane Gagai - $750,000
  3. Latrell Mitchell - $750,000
  4. Jai Arrow - $700,000
  5. Tom Burgess - $700,000
  6. Damien Cook - $700,000
  7. Cameron Murray - $650,000
  8. Cody Walker - $650,000
  9. Josh Mansour - $450,000

Parramatta Eels

  1. Mitchell Moses - $920,000
  2. Clint Gutherson - $780,000
  3. Reagan Campbell-Gillard - $750,000
  4. Junior Paulo - $610,000
  5. Nathan Brown - $580,000
  6. Dylan Brown - $540,000
  7. Waqa Blake - $520,000
  8. Blake Ferguson - $470,000
  9. Ryan Matterson - $470,000

Manly Sea Eagles

  1. Daly Cherry-Evans - $1.175 million
  2. Tom Trbojevic - $1 million
  3. Jake Trbojevic - $900,000
  4. Martin Taupau - $660,000
  5. Dylan Walker - $465,000

Sydney Roosters

  1. James Tedesco - $1.1 million
  2. Luke Keary - $850,000
  3. Angus Crichton - $720,000
  4. Joseph Manu - $720,000
  5. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves - $700,000
  6. Sia Siua Taukeiaho - $655,000

St George Illawarra Dragons

  1. Ben Hunt - $1.1 million
  2. Jack Bird - $900,000
  3. Corey Norman - $850,000
  4. Jack de Belin - $750,000
  5. Paul Vaughan - $750,000
  6. Josh McGuire - $700,000
  7. Zac Lomax - $650,000
  8. Tariq Sims - $650,000
  9. Cameron McInnes - $550,000

Cronulla Sharks

  1. Matt Moylan - $850,000
  2. Andrew Fifita - $850,000
  3. Josh Dugan - $850,000
  4. Shaun Johnson - $800,000
  5. Wade Graham - $750,000
  6. Aaron Woods - $600,000

Newcastle Knights

  1. Kalyn Ponga - $1 million
  2. Mitchell Pearce - $900,000
  3. David Klemmer - $800,000
  4. Tyson Frizell - $700,000

North Queensland Cowboys

  1. Michael Morgan (retired, but still included in the 2021 salary cap) - $940,000
  2. Jason Taumalolo - $893,000
  3. Valentine Holmes - $750,000
  4. Jordan McLean - $660,000
  5. Coen Hess - $470,000

Gold Coast Titans

  1. David Fifita - $1 million
  2. Ash Taylor - $964,000
  3. Jarrod Wallace - $611,000
  4. David Peachey - $565,000
  5. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui - $515,000

New Zealand Warriors

  1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck - $1 million
  2. Addin Fonua-Blake - $850,000
  3. Matt Lodge - $750,000
  4. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak - $750,000
  5. Tohu Harris - $700,000
  6. Chad Townsend - $520,000
  7. David Fusitu'a - $510,000
  8. Kodi Nikorima - $470,000

Canberra Raiders

  1. Jack Wighton - $845,000
  2. Josh Hodgson - $705,000
  3. Josh Papalii - $658,000
  4. Joseph Tapine - $610,000
  5. Jarrod Croker - $470,000

Wests Tigers

  1. Luke Brooks - $850,000
  2. Moses Mbye - $815,000
  3. Russell Packer - $750,000
  4. Joe Ofahengaue - $650,000
  5. Adam Doueihi - $625,000
  6. Joseph Leilua - $550,000
  7. David Nofoaluma - $525,000

Brisbane Broncos

  1. Anthony Milford - $940,000
  2. Payne Haas - $520,000
  3. Corey Oates - $520,000
  4. Brodie Croft- $450,000

Canterbury Bulldogs

  1. Luke Thompson - $725,000
  2. Dylan Napa - $650,000
  3. Nick Cotric - $600,000
  4. Josh Jackson - $600,000

Comments

Baggy_Gee's picture

Well good news, based on these figures the cap is working. A quick number crunch and all those clubs have a healthy amount per player left over to be above the minimum wage. Hard to believe when clubs like Manly and the Bunnies have over $6 mill in just their top 9 players. Looking forward to seeing the full list and going deeper with the numbers.

newbie from perth's picture

Interesting figures there Boss. I’m thinking however that they might not be all that high when you factor in their expenses, fancy cars, income tax and the cost of living (especially in Sydney for example). Fancy condos and mansions would cost a bit and the mortgage payments would be considerable, even with these days of low rates. Big name stars living the high life (and why not I say). The only way these fellas would really get ahead would be if they were as tight as a fish’s you-know-what.

We used to see something similar here in WA years ago with the FIFO blokes. Earning all sorts of money and shelling out 80K for expensive cars (utes), buying stuff they didn’t need (status symbols), gambling and getting into the naughty substances and so on. Then it all turns pear-shape and they lose the lot. All this and they’re still only 23 years old. Glad I never had those temptations when I was younger. Still remember my first pay packet (cash money was inside) totalled a princely $51.00 after tax. Ah, the good ol’ days…

Baggy_Gee's picture

Nice going Newbie, mine was $7 cash in hand after a paper route, and half of that went on the good stuff for the ride home. It is something that the wife and I talked about when we got married, should I try for a FIFO job earning stupid money, and the answer we came up with was "could we give it up after a 2-3 year hitch?" Wonder who from the club gets beside these guys and provides good financial advice?

Footy chick's picture

Reuben Garrick should be in the top 100 earners. Every time Manly plays on Friday night footy hundreds of women like me watch the game in our undies xx

Baggy_Gee's picture

Does the same happen when they have the Thursday night game?

Anonymous's picture

Wow... Thanks for sharing that info Chief! The highest paid union players get about the same. A drop in the ocean compared to the NBA, NFL and Premier League players.

The Thinker's picture

Yes indeed, it's small potatoes compared to the global/American professional sports.

As an FYI, Semi Radradra is earning $960,000 a year (for three years) standing on a wing playing provincial Rugby Union in France.

It's (probably) why he stopped feeling homesick (and changed his mind about returning to the NRL).

MGM's picture

Top information Thinker!
Can't help but feel that the Warriors have Kodi Nikorima ($470K) and Matt Lodge ($750K) the wrong way around.
Quite a few other surprises too, but the biggest eyebrow-raiser was Footy Chick !!
FC, I'm already in awe of you and your tipping prowess (is it two wins plus two top threes?) and often wonder if that's a real photo of you,
but now the mental image you have just provided us with ... this is not the time of the year to be sending us to a cold shower !!

The Thinker's picture

@MGM

regarding Matt Lodge, the Broncos are paying (don't quote me) about $400 of that $750,000 on behalf of the Warriors...so the Warriors are actually getting a pretty good deal with Lodge.

I know Lodge has a chequered past, but he's worked very hard on himself and his game ever since. He always has a go and has developed a handy offload. Nikorima and Walsh will be following him every time he trudges the ball up the paddock.

And regarding Footy Chick...I must admit I was thinking about her every time Garrick was lining up a kick last weekend :-)

She lives on the Gold Coast too...maybe she was at the game.

MGM's picture

Very intuitive of you, Thinker ... my opinion of Matt Lodge is shaded by his past transgressions (plural), and everyone does deserve a chance at redemption. On-field he does have the goods and I probably shouldn't have singled him out as there were many surprises in that list.
It would be wonderful, wouldn't it, if there were more money to go around and our "beautiful game" had bigger fractions of the finances that others enjoy ... our elite sportsmen/women are no less elite than theirs after all .
Aah well.

On the other, ... in the Cbus Grandstand?...now you've given me another mental picture that I shall cherish and try not to dwell on all at the same time!

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