It always interests rugby league fans to see how much their favourite players are paid.
And, whilst there isn’t any public information out there regarding the wages stars are paid in Super League, the same isn’t true of the NRL whose salaries are readily available to be analysed by all and sundry.
It is up to publications such as the Daily Telegraph, however, to turn them into an article named the ‘100 NRL Rich List’ which is basically a list of the highest-paid players in the NRL – although there is actually 102 on the list.
One of those is former Bradford Bulls and Catalans Dragons forward Elliott Whitehead who has been plying his trade for the Canberra Raiders in the most prestigious Australian competition for six years.
In the Daily Telegraph‘s Rich List, Whitehead is at number 77 with a wage of $590,000 – which equates to just under £340,000!
The publication said on the Yorkshireman: “Consistency is Whitehead’s greatest asset, with the English forward missing fewer than 10 games in six seasons. A genuine leader within the Raiders’ dressing room, his weekly contribution and value on and off the field led the Raiders last year to extend the 32-year-old’s contract until the end of 2024.”
Whitehead has become one of the real success stories of players from Super League making it big in the NRL, and, alongside the likes of James Graham and Sam Burgess, have more than flown the flag for British stars holding their own Down Under.
The 32-year-old made his debut for the Bradford Bulls back in 2009, making over 100 appearances for the club before swapping Yorkshire for the south of France to join Catalans Dragons in 2013.
Since then, Whitehead has gone on to make over 150 appearances for the Green Machine and he has even been made captain, highlighting just how important he is to this Canberra outfit.