This is the first part of our ongoing series talking to retired NRL players about their new careers out of the bright lights. Subscribe to get access. Get a FREE first month, CLICK HERE.
From the outside looking in, NRL players seem to have a pretty comfortable lifestyle. They get paid healthy salaries, train a few hours a day, travel around the country and play a sport for a living.
While they’re in the system it can be a fairly good ride. The NRL’s base salary is now $110,000 (COVID notwithstanding), which is certainly more than the average punter.
But it’s not the type of money on offer in other sporting leagues around the world. Where the best NRL players may be lucky to command one million dollars per season, that’s spare change in the worlds of the NFL and NBA.
Even the EPL and European football leagues hand out million dollar contracts to teenagers.
NRL salaries can help set a player up for their future. They can use it to purchase properties, invest into the stock market or buy a business.
But once the curtain comes down on their careers, the vast majority still need to enter the nine-to-five job world.