The number of million-dollar players in the AFL is back up to nine with two players earning in excess of $1.2 million in 2019.
The group of million-dollar earners is headlined by Richmond star Dustin Martin, Docker Nat Fyfe and Swan Lance Franklin. Jeremy McGovern is also potentially in that bracket.
Glamour forward Franklin earned $1.3 million in 2019, which will rise to $1.4 million this year and almost $1.5 million in 2021, the second last year of his ground-breaking nine-year contract with the Swans.
Interestingly, the league’s top earners included Hawthorn Brownlow Medal winner Tom Mitchell, who didn’t play a game last year after breaking his leg in January.
Official figures released by the league show that nine players eclipsed the magical seven-figure mark last season. The group had contracted to six in 2018, from nine in 2017. The number of million-dollar earners fluctuates because highly-paid players are sometimes on front-ended or back-ended contracts.
Last year was the fifth consecutive season that an AFL player earned at least a $1 million.
More to come