It’s fair to say that the Warrington Wolves are splashing the cash ahead of the 2023 Super League season in order to climb their way up the table.
Whilst 2022 has not exactly gone to plan – with Daryl Powell’s men occupying third bottom after just eight wins all year – the Cheshire club has been building heavily for next season.
Warrington have gone big – that’s obvious – with the likes of Matt Dufty and Thomas Mikaele joining mid-season from the Canterbury Bulldogs and Wests Tigers respectively whilst Sam Kasiano, Gil Dudson, Paul Vaughan and Josh McGuire will link with the Wolves in the off-season.
One of those players’ wages had been revealed by the Sydney Morning Herald previously which confirmed just how much money it would take to lure him to the UK.
That player is Matt Dufty – the former Canterbury flyer who is beginning to make his name at the Halliwell Jones Stadium after a few devastating performances – with the publication revealing the salaries of NRL players from a leaked document, with Dufty’s estimated wage standing at $350,000.
In British pound sterling, that figure would equate to almost £200,000 which takes up a large amount of Warrington’s salary cap on just one player.
With the Super League salary cap sitting at £2.1 million that is nearly one-eighth of the cap spent on Dufty!
That being said, if Dufty continues in the same vein in which he has started his career at Warrington, then it will be money well spent with the diminutive fullback being one of Powell’s most potent attacking weapons in recent weeks.
And, even playing through the pain barrier for his new side to show his dedication to the cause, Dufty could hardly even walk before the important win against Toulouse Olympique a fortnight ago.
However, that wage almost pales into the background when comparing it to St George Illawarra Dragons forward Josh McGuire.
The NRL has revealed its 100 Rich List and one of those included in the list is new Warrington signing McGuire
McGuire, who has signed a two-year deal at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, will link up the Cheshire club ahead of the 2023 Super League season.
In that Rich List, the 32-year-old powerful forward currently has a contract worth $500,000 at the St George Illawarra Dragons – a contract just under £300,000.
The Wolves are certainly not messing about for 2023!