Everyone knows that the NRL can afford to pay players a lot more than Super League given the widening salary cap gulf between both competitions.
Whilst Super League’s cap stands at just over £2 million, the NRL’s limit is priced at $9.11 million – which equates to just under £5 million.
That means that clubs Down Under can pay more than double that of clubs in the UK to keep ahold and purchase the most sought-after stars.
For one England international in the NRL – Tom Burgess – his current wage sits at $700,000, according to zerotackle.
That means that a Super League side would have to fork out just under £373,000 on Burgess’ contract alone – would this ever be possible?
The 29-year-old, who registered four tries in 45 appearances for the Bradford Bulls between 2011 and 2012, has made a name for himself as one of the toughest enforcers in the game, starring for South Sydney Rabbitohs for almost a decade.
Burgess has made 118 appearances for the Rabbitohs since debuting for the club back in 2013 and though he would arguably never leave, it would be interesting to see if any Super League would be willing to try and coax him back to the UK.
However, there have been recent attempts by NRL sides to try and persuade Burgess to leave Souths for their clubs.