NEWS Baby Bronco gave up $1 million

McHunt

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Why boom Broncos forward Pat Carrigan gave up $1 million
to stay with Brisbane

Peter Badel,
The Courier-Mail
September 6, 2019 6:36pm



poaching bid

Brisbane young gun Pat Carrigan says not even tales of the “Dogs of War” from his Canterbury-mad uncle could convince him to quit the Broncos to chase an NRL career at Belmore. Carrigan’s showdown with Canterbury in the final round of the regular season at ANZ Stadium carries extra meaning, because it was the Bulldogs who launched a $1 million poaching bid on the rookie workhorse last summer. When chief enforcer David Klemmer quit the Bulldogs to join Newcastle, Canterbury went hard for Carrigan, with club legend Chris Anderson flying north for talks armed with a lucrative three-year deal.

Carrigan has been starting in recent weeks. Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images.

Carrigan has been starting in recent weeks. Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images.


temptations

A self-confessed “family man”, Carrigan weighed up joining the family club, but was determined to carve out a successful career at the Broncos after a childhood idolising lock legends Corey Parker and Tonie Carroll. The decision to ink a new deal until the end of 2022 has paid off, with Carrigan making his NRL debut in round five, tallying 18 games and cracking the starting team for the first time against Parramatta last week in the famous No.13 jumper. “When a few clubs were keen, the temptations were there and you want to play first grade every week,” said the 21-year-old.

Carrigan is one of Brisbane’s many young talents. AAP Image/Dan Peled.

Carrigan is one of Brisbane’s many young talents. AAP Image/Dan Peled.


opportunity to learn

“The Bulldogs are a great club, they have won a few comps in their time and one of my uncles is a mad Dogs fans – he would talk about the Dogs of War and great players like Sonny Bill Williams, Willie Mason and Mark O’Meley. “But then I looked at the opportunity to learn from guys here. “Even last year, Sam Thaiday was an Origin legend and if I had to come to Red Hill every day to compete with him to win a spot, it would make me a better player than if I got an NRL jumper easily.

future captain

“I always wanted to stay in Brisbane. I’m a family man and probably a bit of a sook. “I thought about stepping out of my comfort zone and testing myself in Sydney, but the Broncos have been great to me and that was my No.1 goal. I’m glad I stayed.” Groomed for the past two years to succeed Queensland Origin lock Josh McGuire, Carrigan has impressed with his no-nonsense workrate and the Broncos under-20s skipper is viewed as a future captain. “Pat is a bit of a favourite of mine,” Broncos coach Anthony Seibold said.

hardworking

“He has a great work ethic and is a very humble and hardworking guy. “He has got great leadership qualities for such a young guy and deserves the No.13 jersey for this game. “He has progressed probably a little bit quicker than what we thought. He has played some first grade for us and has been really consistent. “I like guys who work hard and I like guys who you know what you are going to get. Patty is a seven out of 10 every day at training and in every single game so far. “He will be competing for that No.13 jersey in the short and long term.”

hit blokes

Carrigan takes inspiration from former club ironman Parker and ferocious hitting machine Carroll. “Cozza was a personal favourite of mine, and so was Tonie Carroll. He used to be able to hit blokes and they would struggle to get up,” he said. “When you are in the middle, ‘Seibs’ calls it the washing machine, you have to keep turning up and win the tackles for your outside backs. “I pride myself on my defence but most middles pride themselves on that.”

 
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Sirlee oldman

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Yep. He’s a good one. Will hopefully keep some of the higher profile young guns grounded and will contribute plenty on the field as well.
 

broncsgoat

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Should we be flattered? The media have been slobbering all over the club relentlessly
Wayne said it before he left, we have the best group of forwards he’s ever seen.

Everyone scoffed at the time, but look at us now, the prospect of losing anyone would send us into a rage.
 

broncsgoat

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wrong

we didn't lose our first 10 games

people were questioning the spine not the forwards
Hyperbole

People said seibold was left with a shit squad.

fact

If I have to go and find the comments where people said 'and bennett said this was the best forward pack he's ever seen' ironically, I will. But I'd rather not. It happened, people scoffed. It was probably you.
 
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heartly87

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The media's goal is obvious. They want the club to stay in it's place. That place is an also ran club. One that features in the finals but isn't a dominant force in the comp.

They see whats coming and they can't stand the thought of another decade of dominance. Badel seems to have a thousand articles just waiting in a folder. All contain 1 million dollar payday in it somewhere.

We have a bunch of rookies and our cap is under the spotlight. Just one glance at what the Roosters are putting on the field and any question regarding us should be laughed out of town.
 

007

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Well, these articles are great for the ego.

But i want to truly know if they are buying into each other. Its a Melbourne style culture that generates success and benchmarks a level of effort, discipline and performance.
 

LittleDavey83

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I think we're on the right track 007. How many of the young guys have spoken recently about taking less to stay together, about building something special? I'm getting a really good feel for this bunch of young'uns, and I really hope they do continue to build something special. If they keep playing for each other and improving themselves, the sky is honestly the limit for them. And what I like to see the most is the competitive spirit so many of them seem to have, the hunger...guys like Kotoni, Fifi...THAT is what wins games, THAT attitude is what makes the greats. Head down, work hard, compete in every play...we've been lacking that hunger to win in large parts of our squad in recent years, and it excites me no end that we're starting to get it back...

Having said that, I am concerned already about next year. With so many young players just finding their feet at NRL level, '2nd year syndrome' could strike us really hard. I hope that's unfounded, and instead the confidence they are building by realising they actually belong at this level will put them in good stead, but it's something I will be conscious of next year.
 

Battler

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Well, these articles are great for the ego.

But i want to truly know if they are buying into each other. Its a Melbourne style culture that generates success and benchmarks a level of effort, discipline and performance.
I think we have a good chance of that happening, especially when the kids see Haas perform the way he does and then claim he's happy on his current salary and that the squad needs to take pay cuts to be good.

EDIT: Inb4 screeching from down south and the deep south in a year or two when we're rolling sides and the NRL starts arbitrarily applying the market value rule to players off contract.
 
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Fernando

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We have a bunch of rookies and our cap is under the spotlight. Just one glance at what the Roosters are putting on the field and any question regarding us should be laughed out of town.
Yeah this, they’re a fringe 8 side full of youngsters that haven’t even qualified for the finals yet. All the salary cap talk is odd. .
 

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