NRL Rd 9 - Cowboys v Roosters
TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 09: James Tedesco of the Roosters runs the ball during the round nine NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Sydney Roosters at QCB Stadium on July 09, 2020 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

NRL great Andrew Johns has named the eight NRL players he believes are worth $1 million-a-season.

The Eighth Immortal said he would invest in star playmakers if he was in charge of running a club’s recruitment.

“The thing is they’re all in the spine. They’re all players who handle the ball a couple of times every set,” Johns told Wide World of Sports’ Immortal Behaviour.

Two of the biggest stars excluded from Johns’ list is Bronco David Fifita and Cowboy Jason Taumalolo.

Fifita is currently weighing up joining the Gold Coast Titans on a reported seven-figure deal or re-signing with Brisbane for less.

Johns does not believe the 20-year old is worth breaking the bank for.

“A million dollars for me for a back-rower is quite high, I think the Broncos said they’d only go to seven or eight hundred (thousand), something like that,” Johns said.

” … I think the Broncos are right, I think about $800,000, he’s an amazing prospect. He could be one of the best back-rowers in the game but he’s only 20 and I don’t think I’d be paying anywhere near that million dollars, around 750 to 800 (thousand) for a back-rower.”

Johns’ eight NRL players worth $1 million

Cameron Smith

Luke Keary

Nathan Cleary

Cameron Munster

Jack Wighton

Mitchell Moses

Tom Trbojevic

James Tedesco