NEWS Joe Ofahengaue signs three-year extension

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Brisbane Broncos young gun Joe Ofahengaue signs three-year extension for $500,000 a year

Peter Badel, Exclusive, The Courier-Mail
May 3, 2019 3:27pm

The Broncos have struck a retention blow with Queensland Origin hopeful Joe Ofahengaue signing a $1.5 million extension to remain at Red Hill.

Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold’s disappointment at losing Kodi Nikorima to the Warriors has been tempered by the news Ofahengaue has shunned interest from rival clubs to pledge his future to the Broncos.

The 23-year-old has agreed to a three-year deal, worth around $500,000 a season, keeping him at Brisbane until the end of 2021. The Broncos will formally announce the deal in the lead-up to their Magic Round clash against Manly this Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.

While Ofahengaue’s retention is a major boost for the Broncos, it will apply further salary-cap pressure as the club fights to retain key off-contract duo Corey Oates and Tevita Pangai Jr.

Oates’ management has begun preliminary talks with the Broncos, while Pangai Jr has no interest in contract negotiations until he improves his form after his recent return from a two-game suspension.

While Ofahengaue was quiet against Souths on Thursday night, running for just 90 metres in the 38-6 rout, he has been one of Brisbane’s most consistent players this season.

The 113kg bookend is averaging 121 metres and 26 tackles per game and is a contender for a Queensland front-row berth for the 2019 series opener on June 5 after being called into Origin camp last year by coach Kevin Walters.

A veteran of 78 first-grade games, Ofahengaue had the opportunity to test his value on the open market but was so content at the Broncos he wasn’t interested in a bidding war for his services.

Broncos skipper Darius Boyd believes Brisbane’s spluttering early-season form should not prevent Ofahengaue making his Origin debut next month.

“I believe his game is really suited to Origin,” 28-game Queensland star Boyd told The Courier-Mail.

“He’s got a great motor for a big guy and he doesn’t make many mistakes. They are the sort of attributes you need to be valuable in the Origin arena.

“Joe has been really solid for us this year, he would fit in well to the Queensland team.”

Ofahengaue will be keen to impress Maroons hierarchy in the Magic Round as the Broncos desperately try to improve their dismal 2-6 record.

After just two months, the Broncos are already in a battle to keep their finals hopes alive and Seibold has challenged his squad to eliminate the silly errors cruelling their season.

“I’m more concerned about how we can improve some individual performances and have an improved team performance,” he said.

“There were no excuses against Souths, we were outplayed.

“I am more concerned about finding some small gains and forgetting about the points table for a little while.

“It’s not ideal where we are, but that’s the reality of it.”

Source: https://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/broncos/brisbane-broncos-young-gun-joe-ofahengaue-signs-threeyear-extension-for-500000-a-year/news-story/f85bcc9af0934229267905371f38c5c3?nk=af88ac5f157183596886ea58bb0d1630-1556867548
 
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Seems like a made up figure to me. 300k for a Joe O would be fair I think. 500k just seems like madness.
 

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I don't mind it.

$500K is roughly what you'd be expected to pay a young starting middle forward with Origin level potential. Was hoping we could get him for a little cheaper, but when you look at the fact that TPJ is reportedly expecting $700K-$1M a season offers, you'd take JoeO at $500K no questions asked. If anything I'd say this signing is a good insurance plan for if TPJ does go to the Roosters/Rabbitohs on huge money, I'd still feel quite comfortable with a starting middle trio of Lodge, Haas & Ofahengaue moving forward, with Flegler & Carrigan on the horizon.
 

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Good signing. Given the salary cap increases, this isn’t over the top at all. I’m sure the figure is also less than reported.

Now to re-sign Oates and extend Fifita, those are the next two keys on top of Haas already being locked up.

TPJ should not be a priority re-signing.
 

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Good signing. Given the salary cap increases, this isn’t over the top at all. I’m sure the figure is also less than reported.

Now to re-sign Oates and extend Fifita, those are the next two keys on top of Haas already being locked up.

TPJ should not be a priority re-signing.
What are the increases?
 

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I don't mind the extension, but the reported salary seems a bit steep. Haas is on the same amount, and no way Joe is equal to Payne on current form. What are other front rowers on for reference?
 
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I don't mind it.

$500K is roughly what you'd be expected to pay a young starting middle forward with Origin level potential. Was hoping we could get him for a little cheaper, but when you look at the fact that TPJ is reportedly expecting $700K-$1M a season offers, you'd take JoeO at $500K no questions asked. If anything I'd say this signing is a good insurance plan for if TPJ does go to the Roosters/Rabbitohs on huge money, I'd still feel quite comfortable with a starting middle trio of Lodge, Haas & Ofahengaue moving forward, with Flegler & Carrigan on the horizon.
I've really gone off of TPJ and would be happy if the club let him go tbh. He costs more games then he wins, we need consistency from our team. Sure he might do a 10/10 game once every 8 weeks but I'd prefer an 8/10 week after week, especially from our forwards.

And yes he is young so he could become more consistent, but I don't think it will because it seems to be more of a footy basic IQ type thing.
I'd be upgrading flegler and fifita junior way before re-signing TPJ, they are far more consistent already, which is unreal

Oates is much more of a priority, yes he has hands for feet once a month but he is far more consistent and much more likely to break a game open
 

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I've really gone off of TPJ and would be happy if the club let him go tbh. He costs more games then he wins, we need consistency from our team. Sure he might do a 10/10 game once every 8 weeks but I'd prefer an 8/10 week after week, especially from our forwards.

And yes he is young so he could become more consistent, but I don't think it will because it seems to be more of a footy basic IQ type thing.
I'd be upgrading flegler and fifita junior way before re-signing TPJ, they are far more consistent already, which is unreal

Oates is much more of a priority, yes he has hands for feet once a month but he is far more consistent and much more likely to break a game open
Smart business to let him go, he's not the player we need. Guy has Cartwright written all over him.
 
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Unlike a lot of people here, i like Joffa.

He will grow and mature into a very good prop i'm sure.
When?
He isn't exactly in his second season. He has had numerous opportunities to stamp his authority and be the number 1 prop in the team and shits the bed every time. I think he will only ever be a bench forward at best. Should have kept Wallace over him
 

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That seems like pretty good money considering what some forwards are reportedly paid around the game now.
 

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