I don’t know exactly how, but I’m quite sure that wealthy clubs are easily able to support TPs more than the $5k salary if they want to. I don’t know the exact finances of the clubs but my impression is that the NNSW clubs are amongst the wealthiest, which is where the international TPs/replacement players tend to go.
The Giants poached a whole bunch of Swifts TPs because they had a better package, not simply better opportunities. The Swifts have consistently brought in top players as replacements (Rore, Haythornthwaite, Aiken-George). Hume may be on the base considering the move was more driven by her teaching career, but I except Crampton and Temu are getting a lot more than $5K through different agreements. I’m curious who the 11th players will be from these clubs though.