BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Tom Green of the Giants in action during the round 17 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Melbourne Demons at The Gabba on September 12, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

The financial side of AFL is one of utmost interest to fans, especially in the current day and age, as fans have never been more intrigued and aware of the inner doings at clubland.

The supporter base needs to know who is getting the big bucks,= in order to know the state of their side's list management, which highly dictates the performance of the team they devote so much time to.

Last year five players earned more than seven figures, with Richmond star Dustin Martin, Swans forward Lance Franklin, Eagles backman Jeremey McGovern, Dockers captain Nat Fyfe and Collingwood ruck Brodie Grundy all earning over a million dollars.

With most of these players in the twilight of their careers, we take a look at some potential future million dollar players.

For the purpose of this exercise, we have only taken players who are out of contract in 2022 or 2023 into account. 

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1. Luke Jackson

The current talk of the town, and with good reason.

Luke Jackson is a rare commodity, displaying great athleticism, being able to cover the ground and his ability to swing forward gives him the edge over the rest of the league's rucks.

The 20-year-old is a Rising Star and premiership winner already, and there's no doubt he has a big future ahead.

Big enough that he may be a top-10 player in the league, and being the prodigy of Max Gawn doesn't hurt.

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In just his third season, the Western Australian has the praise of AFL greats like Jordan Lewis, who call him a hybrid of premier ruckmen Brodie Grundy and Nic Naitanui.

Other sides will be breathing down the neck of the off-contract 'unicorn', especially the two WA sides, so big money may be in sight for Jackson, from the Demons or elsewhere.

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