According to the latest reports that appear to be emerging around the world of rugby, it would appear the sport is about to have a player break the £1 million yearly salary mark.
The Rugby Paper are reporting that Japanese club Rockets Tokatsu are prepared and willing to do that, as they are thought to be stepping up their interest in signing Finn Russell.
The Scotland international still has two years left on his Racing 92 contract, however that does not appear to have concerned the Japanese club as they will know it is going to cost them a pretty penny in order to assemble the squad that they have ambitious aims in regards to creating.
It is understood that the Green Rockets, as they are known now following the change from NEC, as they look to help the rebranding of the Top League to be as successful as possible.
There are hopes that the Japan Rugby League One can become the sport’s equivalent in regards to football’s English Premier League, which has a reputation of being the world’s best.
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And, it would seem Finn Russell is the man that they want in order to help facilitate and make those ambitions be realised.
It is claimed the Japanese club are prepared to offer the fly-half a multi-year contract and make him the highest-paid player in the sport, with a deal that would be worth over £1m per season.
Former Australia coach Michael Cheika has already been appointed as their director of rugby, thus showing how ambitious they are and their determination to put together a “world-class squad”.
Russell’s performances will not have gone unnoticed in the recent British Lions tour of South Africa, with it claimed that Cheika had already been paying special attention to the former Glasgow Warriors man throughout the tour.
As he still has two years left on his contract in Paris, whether Racing 92 will want to let Russell go, or whether the Scotsman wants to go for a challenge in Japan on mega wages remains to be seen, although it would not be a surprise if the move were to go through.