Nathan Cleary Salary

Nathan Cleary is one of the best rugby league players of modern times. He signed a new contract that extends till 2027 for around $1.1m per NRL season playing with the Penrith Panthers where he co-captains the team.

Could Nathan Cleary Have Earnt More Money Playing For Another team?

Penrith CEO Brian Fletcher spoke openly that Nathan Cleary could have easily got a higher salary playing for another team. Also saying that the contract was simple to negotiate and it only took around one month to sign Nathan. $1.1 million a year sounds like a lot of money, but once you have taken your tax out and the price of living the salary isn’t as high as one might think.


Name: Nathan Cleary

Age: 24

DoB: 14 November 1997

Nationality: Australian

Height: 5 feet 11 inches / 182cm

Weight: 14 st 7 lbs / 92kg

NRL Team: Penrith Panthers

Position: Halfback

Brad Fitler – Claims The Superstar is Worth More

Brad Fitler, Penrith’s former superstar and NRL legend, claims Nathan Cleary is worth $2m a year. He has openly stated it was very selfless of Nathan to accept the $1.1m offered by Penrith Panthers.

Nathan Clearly Salary Compared To Other NRL Stars

At a salary of $1.1m per year, Nathan is amongst the highest-paid players in the NRL. Nathan we believe took less money to stay with his teammates and coach/father Ivan Cleary.

Ivan Cleary Signed An Extension At The Same Time Nathan Did

The salary of his father and coach Ivan Cleary we quite similar. It is great seeing the father-son combination stay together, even though they both could have signed a better contract with a higher-paying salary elsewhere.

Clause In The Contract

There is a clause in the contract that favors Nathan. If the salary cap goes up so can his yearly salary. The NRL has put the salary cap up a whopping 25% in 2023. Does this mean Nathan’s salary will go up by %25 this year? You would have to ask Nathan that as we can only guess there are a lot of clauses in the contract only he would know.

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