2023 Official Roster (and Rumour) Tracker

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RUMOURS [STATUS]

LIVE

Riccio: Broncos sign Jaiyden Hunt on two year deal.
@1910 : Josh Rogers development deal extended/renewed.
Badel: Walsh to be offered an upgraded, extended contract (2027+) with substantial pay rise.
Badel: Mam to be offered an upgraded, extended contract (2027+) with substantial pay rise.
Badel, Read: Reynolds WILL sign a 1 year extension to 2025 at season end.
Read, Dobbo: Oates to Newcastle unless Broncos raise offer. [BUSTED. Oates says will take pay cut.]

DEAD
Badel: Madden offered a 2 year extension to 2026. [CONFIRMED]
Badel, Meyn: Reynolds seeking an extension until 2025. [CONFIRMED]
Badel, Read, Meyn: Ikin has applied to quit Broncos and head up QRL. Made final four candidates. [GONE]
Carayannis, Read: Fletcher Baker to sign for 2024/2025. [CONFIRMED]
@007 : Haas deal good as done. Heard it in a cafe. [EXPIRED]
@007 : Ben Hunt on market for 2 year minimum contract @ $800K per year. Trust me. [CONFIRMED]
@007 : Ben Hunt wants to join Roosters, but Dragons are blocking him joining a Sydney club. [BUSTED]
Badel, etc: Ben Hunt asked to join Broncos immediately, then Titans next season. [CONFIRMED, BUT REFUSED BY DRAGONS]
Badel: club has opened talks with Haas. [CONFIRMED BY AGENT]
Dobbo: Arthars, Mariner and Haas to extend. [FIRST 2 CORRECT. 3RD EXPIRED]
@McHunt : Walker is unhappy at the Roosters. Made up. [CONFIRMED]
@1910 : Quai Ward to Bulldogs immediately. [GONE]

PLAYER ROSTER FOR 2023 AND BEYOND: 28/30 FILLED
PLAYER202320242025
Adam ReynoldsHalf20232024
Billy WaltersHooker, half20232024
Blake MozerHooker202320242025
Brendan PiakuraSecond row20232024
Corey JensenProp202320242025
Corey OatesWing2023POPO
Cory PaixHooker, half202320242025
Deine MarinerCentre, wing20232024Until 2027
Delouise HoeterCentre, wing20232024
Ethan Quai-WardCentre, wingBulldogs
Ezra MamHalf20232024
Fletcher BakerProp, Second Row20242025
Herbie FarnworthCentre, wing2023Sea World
Jesse ArtharsCentre, wing, Fullback20232024Until 2026
Jock MaddenHalf20232024
Jordan RikiSecond row20232024
Jordan PereiraWing2023
Keenan PalasiaSecond row2023Titans
Kobe HetheringtonLock202320242025
Kotoni StaggsCentre202320242025
Kurt CapewellSecond row20232024
Logan BaylissProp2023
Marty TaupauProp, second row, lock20232024
Patrick CarriganProp, lock20232024Until 2028
Payne HaasProp20232024Until 2026
Reece WalshFullback202320242025
Selwyn CobboWing, centre, fullback202320242025
Thomas FleglerProp2023Sea World
Tristan SailorFullback, half202320242025
Xavier WillisonProp202320242025

DEVELOPMENT
Brendan Frei: second row
Josh Rogers: half [Renewed]
Tristan Sailor: fullback, halves
Tyson Smoothy: hooker

OFF CONTRACT 2024
Jordan Pereira
Logan Bayliss
Tyson Smoothy


STOCKS

Front Row
Carrigan, Flegler, Haas, Willison, Jensen, Bayliss, Palasia, Taupau

Second Row
Piakura, Riki, Capewell, Frei, Palasia, Taupau

Lock
Carrigan, Hetherington, Flegler, Taupau

Hooker
Mozer, Paix, Walters, Smoothy

Half
Reynolds, Mam, Walters, Paix, Madden, Rogers, Sailor

Fullback
Cobbo, Walsh, Arthars, Sailor

Centre
Farnworth, Staggs, Hoeter, Mariner, Arthars, Cobbo, Capewell

Wing
Cobbo, Oates, Arthars, Hoeter, Farnworth, Pereira


ETHNO MAP

QLD (19)
Billy Walters, Blake Mozer, Brendan Piakura, Brendan Frei, Corey Jensen, Corey Oates, Cory Paix, Ezra Mam, Josh Rogers, Keenan Palasia, Kobe Hetherington, Kurt Capewell, Logan Bayliss, Patrick Carrigan, Reece Walsh, Selwyn Cobbo, Tristan Sailor, Thomas Flegler, Tyson Smoothy

NZ (7)
Deine Mariner, Brendan Piakura, Jesse Arthars, Jordan Riki, Jordan Pereira, Marty Taupau, Xavier Willison

NSW (3)
Adam Reynolds, Jock Madden, Kotoni Staggs, Payne Haas

Indigenous (5)
Ezra Mam, Jordan Riki, Kotoni Staggs, Reece Walsh, Selwyn Cobbo

Tonga (2)
Delouise Hoeter, Kotoni Staggs

Samoa (5)
Keenan Palasia, Jesse Arthars, Jordan Pereira, Payne Haas, Marty Taupau

Cook Islands (2)
Brendan Piakura, Xavier Willison

England (1)
Herbie Farnworth
 
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Bit more gametime to fix his defence (probably just a lack of fitness to play at this level) and TeKura will be great! I had high hopes for Bayliss but happy for him to be a minimum wage plodder for the next couple seasons while these young forwards come through
 
He looked more ready in the trials than Baylis to me .
Why not next year ?

Game awareness ? He `s a prop not a half back ...

He finished last season in Colts after four ISC games off the bench he was done. Against the Bears and Dolphins Timms and Lui just cut a path of destruction through him.

Te Kura missed a lot of tackles against the Dolphins just couldn't cope with the workload of defence when he was spotted and came up against experienced forwards.

He finished the year strongly back in Colts against Townsville but long way from Colts to NRL.

Against Ipswich on Saturday night, he has no awareness for who to run at and why, when it comes to brute strength, he can score tries like he did against the Magpies but that doesn't come up too much.

Last year was his first year out of school, he played MM, Colts and ISC off the bench that's a pretty good outcome. Same as Mozer first year out.

This year is about starting and playing ISC and I think he might take longer than one year.

He played second row in Meninga last year.
 
He finished last season in Colts after four ISC games off the bench he was done. Against the Bears and Dolphins Timms and Lui just cut a path of destruction through him.

Te Kura missed a lot of tackles against the Dolphins just couldn't cope with the workload of defence when he was spotted and came up against experienced forwards.

He finished the year strongly back in Colts against Townsville but long way from Colts to NRL.

Against Ipswich on Saturday night, he has no awareness for who to run at and why, when it comes to brute strength, he can score tries like he did against the Magpies but that doesn't come up too much.

Last year was his first year out of school, he played MM, Colts and ISC off the bench that's a pretty good outcome. Same as Mozer first year out.

This year is about starting and playing ISC and I think he might take longer than one year.

He played second row in Meninga last year.

What about Radel?
 
Bit more gametime to fix his defence (probably just a lack of fitness to play at this level) and TeKura will be great! I had high hopes for Bayliss but happy for him to be a minimum wage plodder for the next couple seasons while these young forwards come through

Adding to before it's hard to know his position yet too- he's played front row and second row in Meninga and I said several times last season he looked lost at second row- Hinchey who is now with the Storm had a better Meninga season than Te Kura. He was moved back to the front row by the end of the Meninga season.

At second row he had some good games (Tigers) but it showed his lack of experience that he really didn't know what Olpoapu was doing and combine with his half- Hinchey was much better at it.

He was front row off the bench in ISC and front row in Colts. Off the bench is a hard role if you're unsure. You have to adapt quickly to a variety of roles and for a variety of times and he just didn't have the experience or knowledge to do that.
 
Donuts after losing Farnworth and Flegler:

“It’s disappointing, but we respect their decision and at least as a team and as a club we know where we stand heading into the season. Herbie and Tom have given ‘Kev’ their absolute commitment that they will give it their all this year and we don’t farewell them until the end of the year."​
“The market is still adjusting with a new salary cap and a new team, but we now have certainty with our own position ahead of round one. We’ve been really disciplined with our recruitment and re-signed a lot of players over the past two seasons.”​

Parker:

“The attraction of the Broncos unfortunately has lost its shine. There is another threat now to the Broncos. Any time you bring another team in there’s options for everyone and Redcliffe have money to spend, they haven’t overspent and they are building a roster to make them successful long term. What used to be the big bright red light of the Broncos has actually diminished and that’s because of the seasons that have unfolded over the last four years. That’s a reality. Over a long period of time, the big lights of the Broncos were burning bright, but they are not the powerhouse they used to be."​
“When I was at the Broncos, I had guys like Shane Webcke, Petero Civoniceva and Andrew Gee, household names, to learn from and that’s not there anymore at the Broncos. Flegler and Farnworth are outstanding signings for the Dolphins – I have no doubt they will kick on there.”​
Parker got really fixated on the "light" analogy.
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Maybe it was this big red light that went out...
 
Think we had Tomasi Seru on a development deal, apparently not any more. Playing with the Silktails in NSW Cup, apparently might go to Cows or Dogs.
 
What have been the movements this year?

Losses:
Flegler (2024)
Herbie (2024)
Palasia (2024)

Extended:
Paix (2026)
Jensen (2026)
Patty (2028)

Signed:
NIL

Eligible for offers in November:
Reynolds
Walters
Piakura
Oates
Mariner
Hoeter
Mam
Madden
Riki
Capewell
Haas

Currently off contract :
Quai-Ward
Arthurs
Taupau
JP
Baylis?

Have I missed any?

Of those you’d be most concerned about extending:
Mam
Haas
Mariner
Arthurs (at the right price)
 
Given our dearth of second rowers now, I imagine one of Capewell or Riki will also be prioritised but that said, second rowers are a dime a dozen these days, you can basically pick one from Q Cup and they will do a great job for you.
 
wonder if su'a would be worth a chat to end of last year there were talks of him wanting out of the merge
I think Sua is a bit of a dime a dozen 2nd rower to be honest... he could want some decent coin as well, but not overly sure that he's worth it.

Might be worthwhile having a chat to see if he's interested and at what price he'd be wanting
 
Good stuff... I understand you may need d*ckheads in your RL team to win a comp, but it's good to see a guy who seems like he's also a good character, doing well.
 
What have been the movements this year?

Losses:
Flegler (2024)
Herbie (2024)
Palasia (2024)

Extended:
Paix (2026)
Jensen (2026)
Patty (2028)

Signed:
NIL

Eligible for offers in November:
Reynolds
Walters
Piakura
Oates
Mariner
Hoeter
Mam
Madden
Riki
Capewell
Haas

Currently off contract :
Quai-Ward
Arthurs
Taupau
JP
Baylis?

Have I missed any?

Of those you’d be most concerned about extending:
Mam
Haas
Mariner
Arthurs (at the right price)
Billy, Delouise and Kobe extended for 2 years. Sailor, Smoothy, Rogers and Frei got Development deals.
 
The NRL and NRLPA are talking about increasing squads from 30 to 38 next season:

"Under the new roster model, the extra eight players would come from a supplementary list outside of the top 30, replacing the current group of six development players. Players on the new supplementary list would be available from round one, not round 11 which is the current rule."​
Bit of a whatever, but it might raise the question of why not make the bench more flexible? For example, be able to use any 4 of your 6.
 

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