A new report states Carlton captain Patrick Cripps has not taken a pay cut in his new six-year contract and will in fact be on $1 million next season.
It was widely reported the 26-year-old had sacrificed up to $1 million – based on his current salary of between $900,000 and $950,000 – and would be on around $750,000 a season over the course of the new deal.
The move was lauded as it would allow the Blues to add more talent in their quest for a premiership, while also reducing the risk of Carlton having to carry a hefty contract for a midfielder who already plays hurt and whose on-field form is trending in the wrong direction.
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But The Age’s Sam McClure claims Cripps’ deal is front-loaded and on average he will earn $900,000 per season over the six years, putting his value closer to $5.4 million.
“He’s not on $750,000 (per season). No one actually believes Patrick Cripps has taken a pay cut, do they? And nor should he have by the way,” McClure said on 3AW’s Sportsday.
“He’s on $1 million next year. I think he’s on $750,000 later in his contract, but I think it would average out to $900,000.
“That’s about right though. Why would Cripps who has carried that place for the best part of four years take a pay cut to stay there? That would be ridiculous.
“I would guess that there are certain people who are trying to get a story out there that Cripps has taken a pay cut for the betterment of the club, which is fine, but the facts are, I would suggest, that he has not taken a pay cut and nor should he.
“He should be getting paid the most money at Carlton, I think that’s pretty clear.”
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Last week Cripps told reporters he was taking less money on his new contract.
“It was always what’s best for the club,” Cripps told AAP.
“We want success and I feel like we’ve got a lot of talent on this list, so we want to keep these guys together and also want to keep adding bits and pieces.
“So I think that (my contract) sets a good precedent for the group and if we can all do that – keep fitting people in but also keeping people, (it) will give us the best opportunity for success which is what we all want.”
Originally published asReport rubbishes AFL star’s $1m pay cut
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