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Taumalolo's record deal worth risk: Green

NZN 21/03/2017 Scott Bailey and Warren Barnsley

Paul Green admits Jason Taumalolo's record-breaking 10-year NRL deal with North Queensland is a risk but one he's happy to take.

The agreement will keep Taumalolo at the club he joined as a 14-year-old until at least the end of 2027 and is reportedly worth $1 million a season.

It becomes the longest in the code's history, trumping Daly Cherry-Evans' eight-year deal with Manly in 2015.

The groundbreaking length of Wednesday's contract is understood to have been initiated by Taumalolo's manager, Chris Orr, who forms part of the same stable who negotiated the Sea Eagles halfback's deal.

But Green said once the club got past the initial shock of the offer, they decided it was worth the risk.

"Once we got our head around it, the positives far outweigh the negatives," he said.

"It definitely gives us stability.

"He's a key player in the game and in our club and having that long-term future secured allows us to plan long-term and build a team around him."

Long-term signings haven't always had a history of working out in the NRL.

Sonny Bill Williams was just months into a five-year deal with Canterbury when he boarded a plane for France in 2008.

Brent Sherwin and Terry Campese are others who have failed to see out five-year deals in the past decade, largely due to injury and performance issues.

Even Cherry-Evans has battled the pressure of his "lifetime deal". Manly have failed to return to the finals since its signing and the new captain has bore the brunt of the criticism.

But Green was confident there would be no such issues in Townsville.

"He's committed to the club and signing for such a long-term shows how much he cares about the club," Green said.

"I think Jason has proved his consistency in recent seasons, so I don't see that as a concern."

The seven-figure price tag also makes Taumalolo the highest-paid non-spine playing forward in the history of the game.

However Green is confident it's worth every cent, given he was the first such player in 27 years to win the Dally M Medal in 2016.

The 23-year-old topped the competition for running metres last season, averaging 166 per match and has upped that mark to 258 in his two matches this season.

And the Cowboys think he's only going to get better with age.

"Whether or not the value of it is warranted, I think it is. I think it's a fair deal for both," Green said.

"Securing it for that far means all parties get a win."

The deal will also keep Taumalolo in the NRL, shutting the door on any potential venture to the NFL after an off-season trial.

"Obviously to throw myself into another game, the negatives outweighed the positives," Taumalolo said.

"It was all about securing my future and obviously the opportunities that I have playing for this club. To be playing for this club for the rest of my career, is a big one for me."

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