Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Clint Gutherson and Cody Walker are two of the NRL’s biggest stars and have been instrumental in their respective club’s relative success over the past few years, which begs the question, who is worth more?
Both players have had a great 2021 so far, with Gutherson scoring 12 tries, getting 16 try assists, making 76 tackle breaks and 14 line breaks, while Walker has also scored 12 tries, has the most try assists in the NRL with 31 and has 40 line-break assists to his name.
In defence, Gutherson made 99 tackles for an efficiency rate of 85.3%, with Walker making 269 tackles for an efficiency rate of 87.9%.
When looking at a player’s worth it is also important to take into account their representative experience, something that both Gutherson and Walker have.
The Parramatta captain has represented New South Wales on three occasions with all three appearances taking place in 2020, as Gutherson played in the centres as the Blues went down 2-1 in the series, handing Queensland the shield for the first time since 2017.
Cody Walker has played four State of Origin games for New South Wales, the first of which came in game I of 2019 where the Blues lost to the Maroons and the Nowra native was subsequently dropped; however, he would get his chance at redemption in 2020 when Walker came off the bench in Game I, before starting in the last two games.
As far as individual accolades and awards go, Gutherson was awarded the Provan Summons Medal in 2017 when the fans voted for him as their player of the season, with Walker being named the Rugby League Players Association Rookie of the Year in 2016 when he had a breakout season for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
It is also important to note that Gutherson is 26-years-old, while Walker is 31-years-old as age can also impact a player’s worth.
Both players are off-contract at the end of the 2022 NRL season, with Clint Gutherson currently earning a reported $780,000 per season, while reports suggest Cody Walker is earning $650,000 per season