The Broncos are known to get players well-below market value, but what Corey Parker was offered for his final contract is ridiculous.
Whether it is because as a one-team town the Broncos can land players sizeable third party agreements, or that playing for the glamour club opens you up to solid opportunities post-career, but Parker’s final offer at Red Hill was well below his market value.
At the end of 2013, Parker, who managed himself, was coming off his best season as the Broncos’ best and fairest, as well as the Dally M Lock of the Year and the International Lock of the Year.
Parker thought it was about time to get paid his worth, but the offer he was tabled, just three years ago, was woeful.
And sure, he could have got more money elsewhere, but moving a young family in the twilight of his career was probably off his radar.
Not to mention his desire to remain a one-club player.
Maybe all of that was part of the reason he was offered such a lowly figure.
“You know what I ended up with? Just over $200,000 a season,” Parker writes in his newly released autobiography, Iron Man.
“It was kind of hard to cop when Penrith had just signed Jamie Soward on a four-year deal allegedly worth $3.6 million.
“Nothing against Jamie and good luck to him if the numbers were right but he hadn’t played for New South Wales since 2011 and had never played for his country.
“Will Hopoate signed a two-year deal allegedly worth $2.3 million with Parramatta and he hadn’t played for two years after going on a Mormon mission.
“Even Ben Barba was coming to our club and reports had him being paid well over $1 million over three years.
“Surely I was good enough at that stage of my career to be knocking on the door of the million-dollar club too.”