North Queensland Cowboys’ $10 million player Jason Taumalolo linked with shock exit

North Queensland Cowboys’ Jason Taumalolo could potentially miss out on a $10 million payout after concerns continue to be raised about his vaccination stance.

The Courier Mail has reported that Taumalolo has been handed a letter from the Cowboys’ hierarchy warning that his extraordinary contract could be under threat given the captain’s reluctance to get his COVID-19 vaccination.

The Tonga international was the only North Queensland player not to receive the vaccine when the NRL sides went back to pre-season training in November, and, with unvaccinated people banned from entering stadiums, it could have severe repercussions for the club and player.

Though the NRL has yet to make the vaccine compulsory, steps have been taken by the Australian governments to ensure that restrictions are as strict as possible.

As such, Taumalolo could miss their skipper and most impressive player for a number of NRL games if he continues to refuse the vaccine.

The Cowboys have now written their letter to the 28-year-old reminding Taumalolo of the consequences on the club if he doesn’t get the jab despite the Tongan hulk having six years left on his $10 million, decade-long contract.

That prompted the club to write a letter to Taumalolo outlining the possible repercussions of his vaccination stance after weeks of inaction.

With less than two months to go until the 2022 NRL season returns, the competition doesn’t need any further distractions from the product on the field.

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