How much is Michael Jennings worth?

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    Ivan Cleary is absolutely correct in saying Michael Jennings is not worth $650,000. Simply put, no centre is worth that much.

    I am waiting for the chorus of Roarers hounding me about Souths and Greg Inglis. But he is not a $650,000 as a centre, he’s a fullback well worth that and then some.

    In modern rugby league, unless you are truly sensational, big dollars are not coming your way unless you are a number 1, 6 or 7. One could debate this is not new.

    Most of the greats were forwards with an ability to offload or played 1, 6 or 7. Cameron Smith is a modern exception but in another team or era he would have played in the halves.

    Getting back to Jennings, the Panthers have cleared the decks for their coach to be able to get β€˜his team’.

    I am not saying Jennings will not perform, but you need to understand something about the coach at Penrith. Cleary was no exceptional talent, he was a toiler. He put in a 100% every week. He was a Jason Taylor or a Greg Florimo, not an Andrew Johns or Bob Fulton.

    This does not mean he dislikes players with natural ability, he just would not understand players that don’t give a 100% all the time.

    Jennings would need hot wind and ego stroking. Cleary does not offer this and Phil Gould would laugh it.

    Still, I think Jennings will thrive with the change. Some players need one to re-ignite their passion and career.

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    • Roar Guru

      January 18th 2013 @ 4:12am
      peeeko said | January 18th 2013 @ 4:12am | ! Report

      i think his words were “But the bottom line is when your highest-paid asset is not giving you the returns you need, something has to be done.” i don’t think that he quoted the actual salary – if the figure of 650k is true then the guy who actually agreed to pay him that amount should be fired (or already is) and every player should get isaac moses as a manger if he got jennings such a big contract for a centre

    • January 18th 2013 @ 7:41am
      oikee said | January 18th 2013 @ 7:41am | ! Report

      Inglis, Slater, Cam Smith, Gallen, Thurston, Lyons, Hayne etc.
      These are million dollar players. They not only can change your season, they also bring huge amounts of publicity and attention to your club.
      Falou, Jennings, Hurrell, SKD, Hodges, Morris twins, Lawrence, Tate etc,,,, not as important or talented as the first lot, but gee whiz, your not going to get very far in the comp if the first lot of players have not got the second lot(centres) to finish their good work off.

      So the second lot are worth around 500 to 600 thousand. Jennings was just above 600, maybe he should have been at the lower end, 500 thousand. No matter, he is still worth at least 500 thousand,.

      • Roar Guru

        January 18th 2013 @ 8:15am
        peeeko said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:15am | ! Report

        worth 500k ? by what means- its all in relation to the level of the salary cap. gallen is a great player but not worth 1 mln of even a 5.8 mln salary cap

        • January 18th 2013 @ 8:18am
          Will Sinclair said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:18am | ! Report

          Thank God Oikee wasn’t in charge of helping Billy Beane with the Oakland A’s!

          • January 18th 2013 @ 8:33am
            oikee said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:33am | ! Report

            Gallen is a leader of men, same as Cam Smith, i would happily follow Gallen into the valley of death.
            If i owned a club, i would happily pay Gallen 1 million to Captain and lead my Club.
            If you dont like him or want him, that is your problem, not mine. πŸ™‚

            • January 18th 2013 @ 8:43am
              Matt said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:43am | ! Report

              Captain what, a bunch of rookies? If you spend 20% of your entire cap on 1 player, heaven forbid what the other 24 in the squad will make.

              • Roar Guru

                January 18th 2013 @ 10:25am
                Cameron Kellett said | January 18th 2013 @ 10:25am | ! Report


                Whether or not we believe a player is worth $1million, if he can earn that much due to ability and it takes up 20% of the cap well good luck to them. Others will, either have to raise their game or fight for the scraps. It’s a career and they don’t have long.

              • January 18th 2013 @ 11:09am
                Matt said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:09am | ! Report

                Lucky oikee doesn’t own any clubs πŸ˜‰

                The only group of players I can think of that are worth a ton, are the storm’s “big 3”.

                $500k, sure. $1,000,000… no.

            • Roar Guru

              January 18th 2013 @ 10:30am
              Cameron Kellett said | January 18th 2013 @ 10:30am | ! Report


              I personally believe if anyone is going to earn that sought of dough they need to be match winners. Now if you deem them to be match winners then that’s fine, in fact I don’t dispute, but it’s a shame this money rolled around now, the likes of Darren Lockyer, Andrew Johns, Allan Langer, Brad Fitler would have earnt way more.

              • January 18th 2013 @ 11:06am
                oikee said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:06am | ! Report

                Oh i agree, and i only mentioned match winners in my line-up.
                I dont think those players you have mentioned are any better than the ones we have now.
                Even Lockyer could not win the Broncos a tital after 2006.
                He was worth every penny, i got to a point where i was just happy to see him play, win or lose.

                I still think you need all the right ingredients to win a tital. Manly had this, the Storm had this, other teams are very close. I think the Roosters are putting everything in place to win a tital.
                Same as the Doggies, my smokie is the warriors, but those 2 teams, Dogs and Chooks, are the ones to beat.
                Oh, and the Sharks also look good as well, and the Knights, did i mention the knights, come to think of it the Titans dont look bad, hold on, the Ciows are stronger this year.
                Mate it is hard, but the cream always rises to the top.

                Those players are the cream.

              • January 18th 2013 @ 11:10am
                oikee said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:10am | ! Report

                My expectations are now to make the eight.
                If my team makes the top 8 at the end of the year, my team has won, because it is such a hard fought comp, it is so close and brutal it is now a matter of one or two mistakes can hurt you.

                I have looked at every team roster, and every team looks stronger this year, time will tell.

      • January 18th 2013 @ 8:55am
        EASTS said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:55am | ! Report

        No way Hayne is anywhere near a million. 500k. Cronk is worth probably 700k

        • January 18th 2013 @ 9:28am
          oikee said | January 18th 2013 @ 9:28am | ! Report

          I would pay Hayne 1 million to the Broncos.
          I go by what i would pay these players. I would be happy to have Hayne and Gallen at the Broncos for 1 million each.
          They are class players. And class leaders, none better.
          In the world. ?
          As a matter of fact, anything under that and your club got a bargain. What are they on, anyone know. ?

          • January 18th 2013 @ 10:13am
            Matt said | January 18th 2013 @ 10:13am | ! Report

            Hayne? Haha. 2009 Hayne is worth a lot, single handley won games. 2010 on isn’t worth much at all.

          • Roar Guru

            January 18th 2013 @ 10:32am
            Cameron Kellett said | January 18th 2013 @ 10:32am | ! Report

            Oikee i’m a Broncos supporter and wouldn’t want either.

            No one is better than Gallen, but Hayne! Really?

            Ben Barba, Billy Slater, Greg Inglis!

            • January 18th 2013 @ 10:44am
              Sir Lemon Goat said | January 18th 2013 @ 10:44am | ! Report

              Matt Bowen

              • Roar Guru

                January 18th 2013 @ 10:47am
                Cameron Kellett said | January 18th 2013 @ 10:47am | ! Report

                Funny thing about all those names is they are all Queenslanders… All things point to an 8th series win in a row!

              • January 18th 2013 @ 11:10am
                Matt said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:10am | ! Report

                Yet last origin was very close. The team is ridiculous, I mean fark, BARBA?! When he can’t even make a squad, you know you’ve got a pretty damn good lineup. They didn’t gel last year that well in comparison to previous years for some reason.

            • January 18th 2013 @ 11:17am
              oikee said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:17am | ! Report

              I like all them players as well, but i also like Hayne, i think his talent is unreel.
              Any of those players i would have at the Broncos, but i also think the Eels are lucky to have Hayne.
              The guy would be a god in Brisbane Broncos, think about that, we would have worshipped the guy.

              And Gallen has won me over, i did not like him a year or two ago, but the way he has turned himself around has really impressed me.
              Maybe i am going soft. ?
              Come Origin the gloves are off. πŸ™‚

              • Roar Guru

                January 18th 2013 @ 11:51am
                Cameron Kellett said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:51am | ! Report

                As long a the gloves come off at Origin i’m all for liking them.

      • January 18th 2013 @ 11:24am
        Terry Kidd said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:24am | ! Report

        Jamie Lyon or Reg Gasnier maybe worth $500K but Jennings is not.

      • January 18th 2013 @ 1:23pm
        planko said | January 18th 2013 @ 1:23pm | ! Report

        Oikee this one got you running didn’t it. Firstly I would have Cam Smith and Gallen as exceptional and are worth 650 plus to most clubs. Inglis , Slater are worth alot but they do fall into the 1 , 6 , 7 category. Lyons was worth money but got paid in Pharoh credits (his favourite poker machine)… Just kidding cliffy. Back to my point no centre Oikee is worth 650k playing centre. If you are paying a centre a 650 to 1 million your spine will be hurt. Having the best dummy half is a lovely luxury for melbourne but a second stringer like Balin is probably better cause one they are on I would say 60% less and he plays club games during SOO.

        The Morris twins were great last year but the year before you would have struggled to fit them in reserve grade at certain points. IMO you get your 500 to 600 per year contract once in a career at 24-26 when you have played 100-150 first grade games. You might get it earlier if you are exceptional and you play 1, 6 or 7.

        I would also for Cronulla fans put Luke Lewis very high cause he could play pivot very easily he would be a great 6 if Carney gets injured or is needed in 7.

        • January 18th 2013 @ 1:48pm
          oikee said | January 18th 2013 @ 1:48pm | ! Report

          Hehe, see this is where your wrong, so very wrong.
          Let me explain,,, first of all, your working and thinking under old money terms.
          You need to up-date your thinking, cash wise and growth wise.
          Outside centres and playmakers,! Who, ,,,, who are the next biggest paid players. ???
          Wingers, ? no way.
          Second rowers???
          maybe a good lock ??? Bird.

          So outside those playmakers, who is going to finish off the play, with speed and the skill of a surgeon.???

          Centres my man. And good centres are also hard to find. Fullbacks are already up in the million dollar bracket, i am only and have only ever said 500 to 650 thousand for good centres.

          Without them, i dont know who are going to score your tries, maybe the front rowers, ??? last time i looked Bricey Gibbs hadn’t scored one for 5 years, dont hold ya breath buddy.

          • January 18th 2013 @ 2:08pm
            Matt said | January 18th 2013 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

            “already in the million dollar bracket”

            You talk such nonsense. The current cap is 4.whatever million, no fullback is paid anywhere close to a million a year.

          • January 18th 2013 @ 2:10pm
            planko said | January 18th 2013 @ 2:10pm | ! Report

            Why do you use phrases like this “Hehe, see this is where your wrong, so very wrong.” Then you go and basically agree with me. Centres are not worth a million dollars and it would have to be an exceptional talent to get the 650k. LYON does not get it and he is worth more than Jennings. Penrith were paying what is commonly called the average club premium. Lets get serious players do value winning the competition. It would cost a team a fortune over and above their current contracts to get any of the storm boys away but it will interesting what happens it Belly ache goes.

            Good centres are hard to find but I dont know a coach who would choose a great centre over a great half. All I have said all along is get your 1, 6 , 7 & 9 if you are lucky organised and they could make Terry Hill look good. When Manly were struggling in the halves T HILL retired. A current example is your very own Hodges. I still can’t stand him but he would offer more with DCE , Foran or G Stewart putting him through holes.

    • January 18th 2013 @ 8:04am
      The no. Three said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:04am | ! Report

      Oh well, the Roosters now have SBW, who wishes he stayed in Rugby, and Jenno, who wishes he was still at Penrith. I would like them to switch on and perform or they can go elsewhere. I wish my marriage didnt collapse. Life isnt easy boys.

    • January 18th 2013 @ 8:24am
      jamesb said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:24am | ! Report

      Jennings has done bugger all in the last couple of years. I think he’s worth around 250 to 300K

      • January 18th 2013 @ 8:44am
        Matt said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:44am | ! Report

        Exactly. He’s quick, that’s about it. He’s not a marquee player by any stretch.

      • Roar Guru

        January 18th 2013 @ 10:50am
        Cameron Kellett said | January 18th 2013 @ 10:50am | ! Report

        I wonder what goes through the heads of club administrators etc. who look to sign these players to these sorts, of contracts after usually only one strong season where they performed like a superstar, hayne isn’t worth the money he is earning at the moment either, one great season and a flop since, though he does play state of origin well.

        • January 18th 2013 @ 11:11am
          Matt said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:11am | ! Report

          Hayne, Sandow, Tonga. Poor Parra.

          • Roar Guru

            January 18th 2013 @ 11:53am
            Cameron Kellett said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:53am | ! Report

            One thing I commend Parramatta for is their supporters! But still poor decisions are continuously being made, I wonder if Ricky can turn them around?

            • Roar Guru

              January 19th 2013 @ 12:03am
     said | January 19th 2013 @ 12:03am | ! Report

              Ricky was the poorest of poor decisions made.

              • Roar Guru

                January 19th 2013 @ 12:54am
                Cameron Kellett said | January 19th 2013 @ 12:54am | ! Report

                I won’t dispute it as a poor decision but he has shown potential of what is required as a coach i.e. roosters.

              • January 23rd 2013 @ 1:54pm
                Mushi said | January 23rd 2013 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

                He inherited a elite team and slowly ground it into the dirt.

    • January 18th 2013 @ 8:31am
      Pot Stirrer said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:31am | ! Report

      Bit hard to judge given the Drams at the panthers last season. Lets see what he does this year but i do agree 650k was way to much.
      his value imo should be around the 400k mark but be a soo centre prob raises that to 450k. Any more than that is paying overs. Hopefully the panthers are paying the roosters around 50k a year.

    • January 18th 2013 @ 8:37am
      oikee said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:37am | ! Report

      Look, put it this way, if the Panthers had a half decent team and made the finals, Jennings pay packet would not even be a issue. It is only because they picked up the wooden spoon did Gus get cranky and look for a scape goat.

      I would take Jennings at the Broncos for 550 thousand, not blink a eye at that. I would happily pay Falou 650 to 700 thousand, i think he is that good.

      I have a reason for this thinking as well. You can put a couple of up and coming rookie players on the wings. As long as you have a good centre to get them the ball, you be rewarded.
      Centre is a very important position. As i said, no good having million dollar players if you cant finish off.

      • January 18th 2013 @ 8:45am
        Will Sinclair said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:45am | ! Report

        Bit different at the Broncos though, Oikee.

        All the other clubs have a Salary Cap. The Broncos haven’t had to worry about that in decades.

        • January 18th 2013 @ 8:49am
          Matt said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:49am | ! Report

          Here we go again. Next up they have it easy because they only play Fridays.

          Ironic that no Broncos basher ever cares about Origin. Last year before Origin – on fire, right at the top of the ladder. After Origin – never got back into the rhythm, barely held onto the eight by seasons end. The constant chopping and changing of the team ruins momentum (take note Cricket Australia). But yes, everything goes the Broncos way πŸ˜‰

      • January 18th 2013 @ 8:47am
        Matt said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:47am | ! Report

        Gee, maybe because they spent so much on 1 lousy player, they didn’t have enough money to field a good squad all around the park.

        Storm can spend money on the “big 3”, because they are game winners. Falou scored much more than Jennings, and a lot more when nothing was on (5th tackle, up goes a bomb). It’s easy to score 10 tries a year on the wing, the question is how many of them could a $50k player have scored, how many did they have to make something happen to get it.

        Interesting what the Roosters sign him on, they & sharks seem to have gone on a massive spending spree, would be interesting to know what everyone is on…

        • January 18th 2013 @ 9:26am
          oikee said | January 18th 2013 @ 9:26am | ! Report

          I thought Jennings was injured alot last year. ?
          Put it this way, Hodges only plays a few games a year. (yes that is abit over-drama) but he is always injured.
          I dont want to get rid of Hodges, i think he is class when he is fit and plays. Jennings is much the same, and a origin player as well. The last thing a injured players needs is pressure put on him.
          Jennings is brilliant when he is injury free. Same as Hodges, unfortunately we at both clubs only see the best of them every now and then.
          Getting use to this is the hardest part to take. One game,,,, 4 off, another game or two,,,, six weeks holiday. πŸ™‚
          Cant help injuries. Pritchard if i remember was the same. Seems like Penrith is the problem maybe.

          • January 18th 2013 @ 10:14am
            Matt said | January 18th 2013 @ 10:14am | ! Report

            Hodges is a game winner, Jennings isn’t. I haven’t seen Jennings make anywhere near the amount of chances out of nothing as hodges does. I don’t recall Jennings being too injured last year, he was dropped for a bit, then missed a bunch of games for origin. Maybe suspended for that punch, can’t remember.

            • January 18th 2013 @ 11:27am
              oikee said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:27am | ! Report

              I think he got off that punch. They normally do those cockies Matt.
              If that was Hodges he gets 10 weeks. πŸ™‚

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