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Sixteen-year-old wonderkid to become richest player yet to play NRL

Most kids at 16 have to worry about exams, whilst a lucky few get to enjoy the journey through scholarship rugby to academy rugby and maybe even first team rugby.

These youngsters often have to wait until their 20s before their earning a decent amount playing the game they love as they prove their worth week to week in the academy and in the small glimpses of first team rugby they are given as they turn into men.

That is not the case for one Australian youngster Latu Fainu who could earn more than $1 million a season before he even plays a minute of NRL.

The 16-year-old has signed a huge deal with Manly Sea Eagles and is tipped to replace star playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans when he retires with the shift expected to take place as soon as 2023.

From Sydney, the teen’s new four-year deal will surpass the $1.3 million contract signed by Moses Suli in 2017 should he reach his performance targets according to the Daily Mail.

Some might think the money could go to his head but, from a difficult background, Fainu is keen to give back to his family who have struggled financially throughout his life raising eight kids and at times too poor to afford a loaf of bread during his youth. He intends on buying them a house with the money he’ll earn over the next four years as he develops into the NRL’s next big star.

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, he said: “I want to buy my mum a house. To be able to do that would be a dream come true. That’s what I want to do.”

Meanwhile, his Mum Lile explained just how tough it was at times during his youth: “While growing up it was just their father (Chris) working and we were living on one income.

“They knew the drill; they would ask me for some money and we would have no money, it was ‘Wait until payday'”

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