It is not only the United States poaching Australian athletes. The London Wasps have been pursuing the services of Kurtley Beale, offering the Wallabies star a two-year deal worth $1.35 million per season.
The deal comes on the heels of one in August of the year past where Beale had extended his previous ARU deal for two years. He also had attracted interest from the NRL, but his deal with the Warwatahs would have had him committed until the end of 2017.
If and when the deal with the Wasps goes through, Beale will be the highest paid player in the English premiership. He would also be the number three top-paid player in the world.
One of Beale’s other options would have been to sign a flexible contract with the ARU that would have let him supplement his income in Japan, but that would not have equaled what he can make in England without all the extra workload.
Beale would join former Melbourne Rebels teammate Danny Cipriani at Wasps. Cipriani is signed to play for the club next season.
Whatever finally transpires, it would seem that Beale would realise a pay increase, unlike fellow rugger and former NRL star Jarryd Hayne, who took a substantial cut in salary in pursuing an NFL career.