NINE players received more than $1 million in the 2019 AFL season, with Dustin Martin and Nat Fyfe the standout earners.
It is believed Martin and Fyfe each earnt more than $1.3 million on 2019 accounts, well clear of the game's other million-dollar players headed by West Coast's Jeremy McGovern, GWS's Jeremy Cameron and Sydney's Lance Franklin.
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Others in, or near, the million-dollar club include the Giants' Josh Kelly, Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury, Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield, Dog Marcus Bontempelli, Eagle Andrew Gaff, and Carlton's Patrick Cripps
North Melbourne recruit Jared Polec signed a heavily front-ended deal after he left Port Adelaide, placing him among those in or near the million-dollar zone on 2019 books.
Official AFL figures to be released this week show that one player, who failed to play a match last season, also received more than $1 million on 2019 accounts.
Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell signed a revised deal last year while recovering from a broken leg, while premiership Dog Tom Boyd received a settlement package after retiring mid-season with multiple years left on a multimillion-dollar deal.
Figures show that two players earned more than $1.2 million, with three in the band of $1.1-1.2 million and four others paid between $1-1.1 million. A further seven players earned more than $900,000.
The 2019 seven-figure group matched the record set for the first time in 2017 and eclipsed the mark of six in 2018.
Greater Western Sydney pair Toby Greene (contract to 2024) and Stephen Coniglio (2026), are expected to receive at least $1 million per year at some stage of their current deals.
West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui has been in the million-dollar club in previous seasons and remained one of his club's highest earners in 2019 before signing a reduced deal for 2020-2022.
Other significant earners in 2019 include Joel Selwood (Geelong) and Dyson Heppell (Essendon) and recently traded players Lachie Neale (Brisbane), Mitch McGovern (Carlton), Dylan Shiel (Essendon) and Lachie Weller (Gold Coast).
The gross total player payments across the 18 clubs was $242.3 million in 2019 – up 0.8 per cent on 2018 – before deductions in veterans' list payments, injury allowances and finals incentives.
The average wage for a listed player last season reached a record $363,430, up from $362,471 the previous year. For the first time ever, players who featured at AFL level earned an average $401,552.
Carlton recruit Jack Martin is expected to join the million-dollar club solely for the 2020 season after he penned a front-ended five-year deal in November that will reduce in subsequent years.
St Kilda's marquee signing Bradley Hill will also receive a significant rise in 2020 after a multimillion-dollar move from Fremantle.
The player payment figures were revealed as part of the AFL's overall financial report, released on Tuesday.
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The League's total revenue went up by $15.3 million to $793.9 million, due to broadcast rights and record commercial revenue.
After all distributions – including those to clubs, community football, the AFLPA and AFLW – the AFL group's surplus for 2019 was $27.9 million, up $2m on the 2018 figure.
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