Million dollar man: Gary Ablett. Photo: Paul Rovere
THE AFL has revealed two players last season surged through the $1 million pay barrier - with Gary Ablett almost certain to be one of the beneficiaries.
AFL industry sources were unclear who the second player was.
The AFL does not disclose names on its wages list but it's understood either Carlton captain Chris Judd or St Kilda counterpart Nick Riewoldt could have joined Ablett in the top bracket.
It is the first time since 2008 that a player has pocketed more than $1 million in a season.
Only one player fell in the $900,000 to $1 million bracket, while there were four between $800,000 and $900,000.
Three players pocketed between $700,000 and $800,000 while 10 fell in the $600,000 and $700,000 bracket.
There were 20 players who were paid between $500,000 and $600,000.
The average player salary in 2011 was $253,795, up from $249,239 from 2010.
The most popular payment band was between $100,000 and $200,000, with 186 players in this category.
Players shared in more than $140 million when the veterans list and cost of living allowances were included.
Players will this year share in more spoils after a collective bargaining agreement was brokered late last year.
■Nick Smith and Ted Richards yesterday joined the nine-man Sydney leadership group, which is headed by co-captains Adam Goodes and Jarrad McVeigh.