The $20 million elite club to define NRL finals

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The NRL premiership is apt to beryllium determined by the biggest stars connected the biggest dollars. We tally the regularisation implicit the pick of the 8 remaining teams, revealing the highest paid players successful the 2021 finals series.

By George Vlotis|8:08pm Sep 09, 2021

No. 26 - Jared Waerea-Hargreaves ($700k)

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No. 26 - Jared Waerea-Hargreaves ($700k)

Roosters enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is paid $700,000-a-seaon and he's worthy each penny.

In caller years, the seasoned guardant has go the spiritual person for the Tricolours and helium has been the club's starring front-rower successful 3 premiership campaigns.

His beingness connected the park this finals bid volition beryllium captious for Trent Robinson's side. For the Roosters to spell heavy helium volition person to beryllium 1 of their strongest performers arsenic helium truthful often is successful the large games.

No. 25 - Jahrome Hughes ($700k)

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No. 25 - Jahrome Hughes ($700k)

No. 24 - Tyson Frizell ($700k)

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No. 24 - Tyson Frizell ($700k)

For truthful agelong Tyson Frizell was a sanction synonymous with the Red V, but his determination to Newcastle connected a $700,000-a-season woody has already paid off.

The one-man service volition instrumentality to finals shot this twelvemonth aft helping the Knights to a seventh-place decorativeness connected the ladder.

Coach Adam O'Brien volition beryllium hoping Frizell tin assistance his squad spell 1 amended this post-season implicit past year's first-round exit.

No. 23 - Damien Cook ($700k)

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No. 23 - Damien Cook ($700k)

Where would the Rabbitohs beryllium without hooker Damien Cook?

The speedster's bursts retired of dummy-half provides the Bunnies with conscionable different enactment successful their attacking crippled and much than justifies his $700,000-a-season terms tag.

Cook featured again for the Blues this twelvemonth successful the No.9 jersey, often linking up with fullback James Tedesco successful their forays down the mediate of the park.

No. 22 - Tom Burgess ($700k)

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No. 22 - Tom Burgess ($700k)

Tom Burgess, duplicate of George and member of Souths icon Sam, has been carving his ain way successful caller years distant from the glamour of his household name.

Under Wayne Bennett his crippled has gone to caller heights, becoming 1 of the cornerstones of the Rabbitohs' guardant battalion - earning him a $700,000 salary.

No. 21 - Jai Arrow ($700k)

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No. 21 - Jai Arrow ($700k)

No. 20 - Joey Manu ($720k)

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No. 20 - Joey Manu ($720k)

No. 19 - Angus Crichton ($720k)

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No. 19 - Angus Crichton ($720k)

Angus Crichton has carved himself into a superstar second-rower nether Trent Robinson's Roosters system.

The erstwhile schoolboy rugby phenom first made waves erstwhile South Sydney brought him into the NRL successful a breakout play successful 2017.

But helium was soon poached by their cross-town rivals connected a woody worthy $720,000-a-season.

He volition beryllium 1 of the large names the depleted Tricolours volition beryllium looking toward for morale this finals series.

No. 18 - Latrell Mitchell ($750k)

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No. 18 - Latrell Mitchell ($750k)

For the 2nd twelvemonth running, Latrell Mitchell volition not diagnostic successful the NRL finals.

While it was wounded that kept him from starring successful the post-season successful 2020, this clip it's a thumping deed connected erstwhile Roosters teammate Joey Manu that has seen him sidelined for six weeks.

It's a shame for some Sydney-based powerhouses who volition beryllium without 2 of their strongest attacking options.

Since his $750,000-a-season determination to Souths, Mitchell has proved his game-breaking quality clip again and volition beryllium sorely missed by Wayne Bennett connected his precocious premiership push.

No. 17 - Dane Gagai ($750k)

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No. 17 - Dane Gagai ($750k)

Put Rabbitohs centre Dane Gagai successful an inch of abstraction and he's bound find the line.

It's that peculiar try-scoring quality alongside a physicality successful his crippled that allows him to bid a $750,000 wage cheque from the Bunnies.

With Latrell Mitchell retired of the representation for finals, Gagai and chap winger Alex Johnston volition person to beryllium astatine their champion to compensate for their fullback's absence.

No. 16 - Reagan Campbell-Gillard ($750k)

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No. 16 - Reagan Campbell-Gillard ($750k)

Forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard has shined since his determination from the Panthers to the Eels connected a $750,000-a-seaon deal.

While wounded kept him from the backmost fractional of the year, his instrumentality conscionable up of the finals bid volition beryllium a immense boost for manager Brad Arthur arsenic the Eels look to shingle their finals stigma this post-season.

No. 15 - Clint Gutherson ($780k)

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No. 15 - Clint Gutherson ($780k)

'The King' Clint Gutherson raised eyebrows 2 years agone erstwhile helium was locked successful a declaration stand-off pushing for a higher wage from the Eels.

But the fullback and skipper has proved he's much than worthy each cent of his $780,000 to Parramatta, inspiring his squad from the backmost week-in week-out.

His enactment alongside prima halfback Mitch Moses has been the cornerstone of Parramatta's season, and 1 that volition request to beryllium successful afloat plaything travel finals.

 No. 14 - David Klemmer ($800k)

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No. 14 - David Klemmer ($800k)

No. 13 - Luke Keary ($850k)

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No. 13 - Luke Keary ($850k)

No. 12 - Jake Trbojevic ($900k)

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No. 12 - Jake Trbojevic ($900k)

Older member of Tommy Turbo, Jake Trbojevic is the beating bosom of the Manly Sea Eagles.

Aside from his unparalleled enactment ethic and committedness to each effort play, Trbojevic is the Silvertails' spiritual person who is afloat deserving of his $900,000 salary.

Pundits are tipping the Sea Eagles arsenic a precocious smoky this post-season and if they're going to situation for the rubric they'll request some Trbojevic brothers connected song.

No. 11 - Mitchell Pearce ($900k)

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No. 11 - Mitchell Pearce ($900k)

No. 10 - Mitchell Moses ($920k)

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No. 10 - Mitchell Moses ($920k)

No. 9 - Nathan Cleary ($940k)

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No. 9 - Nathan Cleary ($940k)

No. 8 - Ash Taylor ($964k)

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No. 8 - Ash Taylor ($964k)

No. 7 - Adam Reynolds ($1m)

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No. 7 - Adam Reynolds ($1m)

No. 6 - Kalyn Ponga ($1m)

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No. 6 - Kalyn Ponga ($1m)

The Knights locked down NRL prodigy Kalyn Ponga with a $1 million-a-season deal.

And wherefore wouldn't they?

The weapon 23-year-old has already proven himself a generational endowment successful conscionable a fewer years successful the game, and 1 the Knights volition beryllium hopeless to support successful the Hunter for immoderate time.

His flare successful the No.1 volition beryllium a limb that rivals volition look to smother erstwhile they travel up against Adam O'Brien's troops this post-season.

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