A heavily front-ended deal could have been the difference in Dale Finucane's decision to join Cronulla from next season.
The 29-year-old was not short on bidders as he came toward the end of his contract at the Storm, with the Sharks, Dragons, Tigers, Cowboys and Titans all reportedly having three-year deals tabled to the veteran forward.
As negotiations narrowed, it was understood that Finucane's party were keen to land a four-term contract that would take him to the 2025 season, a request that some club weren't keen to budge on.
According to The Herald's report, Finucane's salary for the fourth and final year of his contract with the Shire club will land close to $300,000 of his reported $2.5 million deal with the Sharks.
The contract will likely take Finucane to the end of his already illustrious career, having been key to the Storm's successes since arriving from Canterbury at the end of the 2014 season.
The trio will arrive to the Shire alongside incoming senior coach Craig Fitzgibbon, who has been instrumental in luring the key recruits to the club.
Fitzgibbon has also led an impressive retention drive within the club already, having Toby Rudolf, Will Kennedy, Matt Moylan, Siosifa Talakai, Connor Tracey and Braydon Trindall ink new deals this year.