Andrew Johns says just eight NRL stars are worth $1 million. David Fifita is not one of them

Andrew Johns has narrowed down the million dollar a season players to a list of just eight and David Fifita doesn’t make the cut.

Fifita’s is reportedly being chased by the Titans on a mega contract of $1.25 million a season, which would make him the highest paid player in the game annually with Daly Cherry-Evans.

However Johns doesn’t believe the Manly skipper or the Broncos back-rower are worth paying six figures a year to secure their services.

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Johns also left current million dollar a season player Jason Taumalolo of his list due to the fact the Cowboys are performing so poorly despite the lock’s consistently strong performances.

Johns would only break the bank to the tune of a million dollars plus for Cameron Smith, Luke Keary, Nathan Cleary, Cameron Munster, Jack Wighton, Mitchell Moses, Tom Trbojevic and James Tedesco.

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“The thing is they’re all in the spine,” Johns told WWOS’ Immortal Behaviour.

“They’re all players who handle the ball a couple of times every set.”

Johns believes the Broncos offer for Fifita is closer to the mark for elite back-rowers, while the Titans would be paying massive overs at $1.25 million a season.

“A million dollars for me for a back-rower is quite high, I think the Broncos said they’d only go to seven or eight hundred (thousand), something like that,” Johns said.

“I think the Broncos are right, I think about $800,000, he’s an amazing prospect. He could be one of the best back-rowers in the game but he’s only 20 and I don’t think I’d be paying anywhere near that million dollars, around 750 to 800 (thousand) for a back-rower.”

The eight Rugby League Immortal tipped Fifita to stay with the Broncos and urged him not to make a decision based solely on money.

“My advice to David would be you can’t put a price on happiness and you can’t put a price on winning all the time,” Johns said.

“So if you’re going to the Titans there’s no guarantee you’re going to be in a strong club, the Broncos at the moment are just treading water but if they get their you-know-what together they’ll be up there most years.”

Johns believes spine players like James Tedesco are the only players worthy of million dollar a season contracts.Source:News Corp Australia

Originally published asJoey snubs Fifita in million-dollar list

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