Owen Farrell will become the Premiership's highest-paid player, Maro Itoje could depart - Ruck

Owen Farrell will become the Premiership’s highest-paid player, Maro Itoje could depart

Owen Farrell is poised to maintain his marquee player designation at Saracens, potentially securing the position of the highest-earning player in the Gallagher Premiership.

The England captain, with his contract expiring at the close of the 2023/24 season, stands to earn over £1 million, making him the league’s top-paid player.

Conversely, the altered rules may signal the end of Maro Itoje’s marquee player status, as he finds himself unable to earn anywhere near his current salary.

According to recent information from Mail Sport, changes to the salary cap regulations now allow clubs to designate only one ‘marquee’ player, as opposed to the previous allowance for two.

This adjustment means that Itoje’s wages must now fall within the overall spending limit imposed across the top division.

Owen Farrell of England check out the pitch ahead of the Summer Nations Series Rugby match between Wales and England at Principality Stadium on August 5, 2023 in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

The 29-year-old English lock, who currently stands as one of the highest-paid players in the country with an annual salary of approximately £800,000, has received an offer from his club ranging between £400,000 and £425,000 per year for a contract extension.

Reports now suggest he could head overseas with significant interest coming from Racing 92 and Toulon.

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Elliot Daly of Saracens kicks the conversion during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Saracens and Gloucester Rugby at Stonex Stadium on 24 September. Photo: Frankie OKeeffe/PPAUK


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