Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones says Matt Giteau will need to lead the Western Force to a Super 14 title within two years to justify a deal which makes him the world’s highest paid rugby player.
Jones, who introduced Giteau to international rugby on the Wallabies’ European tour in 2002, says the A$4.5 million deal which enticed the utlity back from the Brumbies to the Western Force could damage the game.
“It makes Matt Giteau the highest paid player in the world…the thing about it is it just inflates every other salary in Australia and it is unsustainable,” Jones told Sydney radio station 2KY.
“It’s a very dangerous precedent. Matt Giteau’s a good player but he’s certainly not the best player in the world. He’s got to win Western Australia a Super 14 on that money in the next two years.”
Jones takes over as Queensland coach in a fortnight and he admitted the Reds faced an uphill battle to keep rising Wallaby winger Drew Mitchell from accepting another big money Force offer backed by third party benefactors in Perth.
“The whole contract process has changed considerably with the endorsement of the third party agreements and obviously Western Australia at the moment are very well placed to put those in place for players and we’re certainly going to struggle to keep Drew,” Jones said.
Jones said all players will now judge their deals on Giteau’s.