Cody Walker and Kalyn Ponga can certify themselves as $1 million players with a big Origin campaign, reports the Sydney Herald.
Walker can become a free agent on November 1, and while South Sydney are keen to retain him, a number of other clubs are expected to come come calling. The Wests Tigers and Manly have already shown interest.
“Souths have indicated to me they are very keen to get something done,” said Walker’s manager Matt Rose told the Sydney Herald.
“He does a lot of work in the community, he’s a leader, It makes him a complete package.
“They are keen to get something done before November 1.”
Ponga is contracted until the end of 2021, but the Knights can update and extend the fullback’s deal. It is believed that Newcastle are in no rush to negotiate a new contract.
Signing seven-figure salaries would make Walker and Ponga some of the highest paid players in the league. Daly Cherry-Evans, Jason Taumalolo, Cameron Smith, Nathan Cleary, Sam Burgess, Ben Hunt and Ash Taylor are currently amongst the highest earners.