What do Sonny Bill Williams, Shaun Lane, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Tautau Moga all have in common? The NRL believes they all have a market value of about $400,000.
The Herald can reveal the NRL’s salary cap auditor – Richard Gardham – is poised to make Williams’ market value about $400,000 per year. That puts the two-time NRL premiership winning dual international on about the same pay scale as promising Eels forward Lane – who is on $450,000 a year at Parramatta – and Nicoll-Klokstad, who earns about $350,000 a year in Canberra.
The NRL requires players to be registered on contracts they deem to be considered proper market value. Given most players have more than one suitor when they are negotiating a new contract – and their value, therefore, works itself out – the issue League Central has faced with Williams does not arise often.
The NRL generally tries to compare players at similar points in their careers, who play in similar positions and have reached similar heights in the game to put a market value on them.